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Ondo PDP calls on House of Assembly to raise medical panel over Akeredolu’s health

The party argues that Akeredolu's absence, which lasted for six months, amounts to a violation of the 1999 Constitution

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In a renewed expression of concern, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State has raised questions about the extended absence of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, citing health reasons. While acknowledging that being ill is not a crime, the PDP accuses the governor’s handlers of mismanaging the situation and calls for a medical panel to assess Akeredolu’s health status.

In a statement released by Kennedy Peretei, the publicity secretary of the PDP in Ondo State, the party argues that Akeredolu’s absence, which lasted for six months, amounts to a violation of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The PDP alleges that the state has been left on autopilot, affecting the smooth functioning of government activities.

The opposition party calls on the Ondo State House of Assembly to initiate the impeachment process, asserting that the governor has committed an impeachable offense. The statement questions the frequency of State Executive Council meetings and emphasizes the need for transparency in communicating the governor’s health condition to the public.

The PDP highlights Section 193(2) of the constitution, which mandates the governor to hold regular meetings with the deputy governor and commissioners to determine the general direction of state policies. The party contends that Akeredolu’s aides have mishandled the situation, diminishing public sympathy for the governor.

The opposition party invokes Section 189(1) of the constitution, urging the State Assembly to establish a medical panel to assess Akeredolu’s medical status. The call for an investigation aligns with constitutional provisions aimed at ensuring governance continuity in the event of a governor’s illness or incapacity.

The PDP accuses Akeredolu’s aides of defending the indefensible and calls for a more transparent approach to the governor’s health situation. The statement suggests that the governor’s team should refrain from insulting the intelligence of the public by providing clearer and more honest information.

However, the Majority Leader of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr. Oluwole Ogunmolasuyi, swiftly dismisses the call for impeachment, asserting that the opposition lacks an understanding of what constitutes impeachable offenses against a governor. Ogunmolasuyi defends Akeredolu’s performance, citing ongoing developmental projects, prompt payment of salaries, and the clearing of salary arrears.

According to the majority leader, the governor has not failed in his duties, and no constitutional breaches have occurred. Ogunmolasuyi attributes the PDP’s call for impeachment to political motives, dismissing the party as a “dead party” incapable of defining the governor’s responsibilities.

The exchange between the PDP and the Majority Leader underscores the political tensions surrounding Akeredolu’s prolonged absence and the need for a balanced assessment of the governor’s governance record amid health concerns. As the debate unfolds, the focus remains on the constitutional provisions guiding the assessment of a governor’s fitness to continue in office, emphasizing the delicate balance between political rivalries and the public interest.

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