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Alleged Plot to Impeach Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu Prompts Early Return to Nigeria

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Alleged Plot to Impeach Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu Prompts Early Return to Nigeria
The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has cut short his medical leave in Germany and returned to Nigeria amid allegations of an impeachment plot by his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, and members of the State House of Assembly. The governor's decision to return home was influenced by reports of political pressure to declare him medically unfit for office. Family members and associates have openly accused Aiyedatiwa of disloyalty. Cabinet members who sided with Aiyedatiwa now fear the loss of their positions. The cold war between Akeredolu and Aiyedatiwa has become evident, causing tensions within the state government.

There has been a recent turn of events in Ondo State as its Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has abruptly cut short his medical vacation in Germany and returned to Nigeria following reports of an alleged plot to impeach him. The plot, said to involve his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, and members of the State House of Assembly, has raised concerns about political maneuverings within the state.

Despite being cleared by doctors in Germany, it is believed that some political gladiators within Ondo State were pressurizing the State House of Assembly to declare Governor Akeredolu medically unfit to continue serving as the chief executive of the state. This alleged scheme was the driving force behind Akeredolu's decision to terminate his medical leave and return to his homeland.

Upon his return, Governor Akeredolu has been engaging in consultative meetings with various stakeholders from the state and political associates in the capital city of Ibadan, Oyo State. Open accusations of disloyalty have been leveled against Deputy Governor Aiyedatiwa and his associates by both family members and political allies of the governor, particularly during his challenging times.

A ripple effect caused by the alleged plot is the rising fear among cabinet members who pledged their support to Aiyedatiwa. These individuals, who initially believed that Akeredolu would not resume office, are now gripped by anxiety over the possibility of losing their positions as the governor holds consultative meetings.

Reports have highlighted the emergence of a cold war between Akeredolu and Aiyedatiwa, ultimately leading to tensions and divisions within the state government. This discord became evident when the deputy governor received a lukewarm reception during his visit to his boss in Ibadan. While he attended the meeting Akeredolu had with members of the cabinet and House of Assembly, Aiyedatiwa was excluded from subsequent meetings, including those with members of the National Assembly, board chairmen, parastatal heads, and women and youth groups.

A source disclosed, "The governor had to return home hurriedly on Thursday when he was faced with the possibility of his being impeached by the state's House of Assembly. The deputy governor's camp was jolted by the arrival of His Excellency."

The division between Governor Akeredolu and Deputy Governor Aiyedatiwa has created an atmosphere of uncertainty and suspicion. The alleged plot to remove Akeredolu from office, based on claims of his medical incapacity, has significantly impacted the political landscape of Ondo State.

It remains to be seen how this power struggle within the state government will unfold in the coming days and weeks. As tensions simmer, the political future of Governor Akeredolu hangs in the balance, while opposition members eagerly watch for any signs of cracks in the ruling party's stronghold.

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