Ondo: APC Elders Caucus Fault Appointment of LGA/LCDA Executives, Midnight Swear-in

By Dupson Collins, 7th December, 2023

The Ondo APC Elders Caucus has faulted the appointment of Local Government Area and Local Council Development Area Executives by Engr Ade Adetimehin in connivance with some Members of the State Executive Council.

The Elders in a letter written to the National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje asked the Chairman to call Adetimehin and the Cabals that have hijacked governance in Ondo State to order.

Adetimehin was allegedly accused of doctoring list of the LGA/LCDA Executives where Party Members with big pocket were appointed which has further created division and crisis across the state.

It could be recalled that a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Jide Ipinsagba rejected the appointment of Caretaker Chairman in his local government.

” The open rejection of the list by Distinguished Senator Ipinsagba of Ondo Northern Senatorial District is a case in point. Money for hand, name for list politics”.

The Elders added that despite various outcries, Court Injunction, Supreme Court Pronouncement, Senate No Allocation stand to LGAs with non-elected executives, Adetimehin ignore all these to connive with the Secretary to the State Government and some governor’s appointees to sworn-in the appointed LGA/LCDA executives in the middle of the night.

” Engr Adetimehin believing that as the state chairman, he’s above the law, gathered for the late night swearing-in with the SSG Oladunni Odu, Special Adviser on Union Matters, Mr Dare Aragbaiye among others and most embarrassingly , the Speaker, who has earlier that day screened and announced the appointment of the LGA/LCDA Executives”.

They also condemned the manner the midnight Swear-in of the LGA/LCDA Executives was held without the Deputy Governor in attendance. ” The swearing-in of the appointed LGA) LCDA Executives was not even on the agenda of the State Executive Meeting attended by the Deputy Governor and other Members of the State Executives Council”.

The Elders stated that normalcy will only return to Ondo State if Adetimehin and his cohorts are sanction saying that is the only panacea to peace and harmony in Ondo State.

” We are certain that if Engr Adetimehin is invited to Abuja and call to order by the National Chairman, normalcy will return to the party and government of Ondo State”.

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