Ondo State Government Governor Rotimi Akeredolu
…Civil Servants Deny Existence of Cabals in Cabinet
By Dayo Johnson, AKURE
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has written to the State House of Assembly, requesting an extension of his medical leave.
Confirming the receipt of the letter, the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Olamide Oladiji, explained that the governor’s request was based on doctors’ advice, emphasizing the need for him to take sufficient rest after his recovery.
Akeredolu began a 21-day leave on June 7 and was expected to resume on July 6. On June 5, 2023, he informed the Assembly about his medical leave, stating his expected return on July 6, 2023.
The Speaker, receiving the letter on behalf of other lawmakers, stated that the governor’s action is in accordance with section 190 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended). He further noted that the governor is following the doctor’s advice to ensure proper recuperation.
The Speaker also mentioned that the Deputy Governor, Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, will continue to act as governor “until there is a written declaration to the contrary.” He expressed optimism that Akeredolu would soon resume his duties.
Senior Civil Servants Dismiss Claims of Cabals in Cabinet
Meanwhile, a group of senior public servants in Ondo State has refuted the existence of a cabal in Governor Akeredolu’s cabinet.
They also defended the Special Adviser to the Governor on Union Matters and Special Duties, Mr. Dare Aragbaiye, stating that he has been operating within the authority given to him by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
The civil servants, under the umbrella of ‘Concerned Stakeholders in the Public Service of Ondo State,’ released a statement through their leader, Mr. Emmanuel Akinyemi, affirming that Mr. Aragbaiye, who has served under different military and civilian governors, is a loyal public servant who adheres to his official duties.
The statement further clarified: “In the case of alleged cabals in government, those familiar with such situations would understand that there are no cabals in the Ondo State Government.”