Akeredolu begins 14-day working vacation

...as state govt says decision on Alaboto irreversible.

Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu has proceeded on annual vacation and in line with the democratic practice, transmitted a letter to the Ondo State House of Assembly, to transfer powers to his deputy, Hon. Agboola Ajayi,  who will act as governor while he is away.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor, Mr. Segun Ajiboye, who said the governor annual leave would commence his 14 -day working leave on Monday, August 19, 2019, and expected to resume Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

The statement read that “Ondo State governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, on Monday, August 19, 2019, begins a 14-day working vacation.

“The governor is to resume on Thursday, September 4, 2019.

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Before he proceeded on the annual leave, Arakunrin Akeredolu transmitted a letter to that effect to the state House of Assembly.

“The deputy governor is to perform the functions of the governor’s office while the governor is away.

Meanwhile, the state government has maintained that its decision on the upgrading of Alaboto of Aboto in Ilaje local government area is irrevocable.

This was contained in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, who warned those trying to cause a crisis in the community to desist or face the full weight of the law.

The statement read that “the Ondo State Government notes ongoing incitements and instigation of violence, by some vested interests in the aftermath of the effect given to the approval of the elevation of the Alaboto of Aboto in Ilaje Local Govt Area of the state.

“Government particularly views these untoward acts very disdainful and considers such inimical to peaceful coexistence among the people of the state.

“Succinctly, the government is not unaware of the orchestrated plots to discredit the decision of the State Executive Council in respect of the subject matter through spurious means and mindless manipulative tendencies. These are needless, no doubt.”

Ojogo stated in the statement further that “to put the records straight, the decision of the last State Executive Council was taken after due consideration of all attendant issues connected thereto. Justice was done just as fairness guided the resolution which gave effect to the decision of the State Executive Council that was taken in 2007 as far as the subject matter is concerned.

“This decision remains irrevocably valid, especially as there were no legal encumbrances. The government, therefore, stands by the decision.

“Therefore, Government is compelled to admonish all those who have offered to provide the unenviable path to violence through incitements, provocative statements and brazen acts of sabotage to desist from such forthwith.

Similarly, in effect, the government considers the specific reference to the Commissioner for Local Govt and Chieftaincy Affairs as responsible for whatever spurious allegations as unfortunate and mischievous. The decision was a collective one taken unanimously by the State Executive Council.

“Finally, all perpetrators of violence and their patrons are easily identifiable, and indeed, not insulated from scrutiny, both at the Government level and publicly.

“To this end, security agencies have been directed to monitor and possibly, apprehend all those responsible for provocative statements capable of breaching the public peace”

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