Impeachment: Akeredolu shops for new deputy governor


By Dayo Johnson, Akure

Indications emerged that Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is searching for a new deputy governor to replace the embattled Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

A government source told Vanguard in Akure, the Ondo state capital, that the governor has insisted that if Aiyedatiwa’s impeachment succeeds, another party leader from Ilaje would be appointed to complete his term.

Four from Ilaje penciled as a replacement

Already, the source said that four prominent personalities have been penciled down, and they include the former OSOPADEC Chairman, Gbenga Edema; a party chieftain, Nimbe Tawose; the Deputy Speaker in the State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Abayomi Akinruntan; and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Wunmi Ilawole.

Vanguard gathered that the governor has also insisted that the replacement be someone who doesn’t have any governorship ambitions to avoid another distraction.

Another source within the party confided in Vanguard that Akeredolu initially kicked against the impeachment of his deputy.

The source added that the governor personally called the state party chairman, Ade Adetimehin, to prevail on the Speaker of the Assembly, Rt Hon Olamide Oladiji, to halt the impeachment process.

He reportedly bought into the process when he was presented with some weighty allegations against the deputy governor while he acted as the state acting governor by top party chieftains and aides.

According to the source “Aiyedatiwa’s issue has caused the governor a lot of heartbreak. You know many people weren’t happy with the choice of Lucky as deputy governor in 2020. Notwithstanding, the governor made the choice without minding anyone’s opinion.

“The recent issues have really broken the governor. He’s a man that doesn’t like “I told you so”. It was so obvious that he liked Lucky. He treated him like a younger brother with so much love and respect. The Governor trusts too much.null

“Even the First Lady is heartbroken. She was so fond of Lucky. They were also pretty close. Mrs Akeredolu regarded Lucky as part of their family. That was the level of their relationship.