The First Lady, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has been accused of influencing her husband’s continued stay in power despite reported ill health. His loyalists have been embroiled in a political turmoil, attempting to remove the deputy governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, from office.
The deputy governor’s troubles started upon Akeredolu’s return, with all media aides in his office being sacked. The State Assembly loyalists listed 14 offenses committed by Aiyedatiwa, leading to moves to impeach him. However, the intervention of the APC’s National Working Committee has slowed down the process.
The focus has shifted from the deputy governor to Akeredolu, prompting calls for his resignation. Kennedy Peretei, the National Publicity Secretary of the Ondo State PDP, called for the governor’s impeachment, citing violations of the constitution due to his extended absence.
Legal experts explain that the process to declare Akeredolu incapacitated would involve the state’s commissioners initiating a resolution followed by the setup of a panel to examine the governor’s health status. However, they highlighted the difficulty in actualizing this process due to the commissioners’ appointment by the governor.
Though legal provisions exist, it is perceived as challenging to remove Akeredolu under the current circumstances. Last week, 33 out of 35 State Executive Council members passed a vote of confidence on Akeredolu, showcasing their loyalty to him.
The political landscape in Ondo State suggests a preference to await the next election in November 2024, with indications that the primary election is scheduled for April next year.