Concerned about the economic standstill caused by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s protracted absence due to illness, the Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded that he handover executive responsibilities to his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

The PDP’s state chairman, Fatai Adams, voiced the party’s displeasure with the current state of affairs, claiming that the state’s economy has stalled due to Governor Akeredolu’s absence.

Adams emphasized the importance of the governor transferring power to his deputy in order to keep governance running smoothly.

Adams voiced his concerns to the press in Akure over the possibility that some inside the government would take advantage of the current leadership vacuum.

He voiced his displeasure with the absence of decisive leadership in state affairs, arguing that strong leadership is urgently required to face the problems of the present.

According to Adams, “we are, however, deeply concerned about the ruinous cost the health challenge of the governor has bestowed upon the state.” The most noticeable consequence, according to Adams, is the formation of an informal group that has taken advantage of every opportunity and is recklessly leading the state to poverty.

Adams claimed that different interest groups, both inside and outside of government, are taking advantage of the state’s finances, which is affecting development and general welfare in a negative way.

Remembering his counsel to President Umaru Yar’Adua while he was sick, Adams reminded Governor Akeredolu of the party’s demand for the transfer of authority to the deputy governor.

He begged the governor to put his health first and follow his earlier advice to the late president by temporarily letting his deputy take charge.

It is now beyond dispute that Akeredolu has been advised by his doctors to remain away from his office and the state. This clearly indicates that he is not yet able to deal with affairs pertaining to the state.

According to Adams, “the interest of our dear state” would be served if the governor followed his recommendation to the late president Yar’Adua and transferred control to the deputy governor.

Following his return from a medical vacation in Germany in September, Governor Akeredolu has been absent from the state, residing at his own property in Ibadan, Oyo State.

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