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Edema urges Aiyedatiwa to account for achievements

• Says move to appeal nullification of LCDAs afterthought, waste of funds• Stop reckless utterances, Aiyedatiwa warns opposition
The governorship candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in the forthcoming off-cycle election in Ondo State, Gbenga Edema, has challenged Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa to reel out his achievements for residents of the state since his assumption of office six months ago.

He said that the resources that had accrued to the state since December 2023 do not tally with the development in the state.
Edema, in a statement signed by Spokesman of the Edema Campaign Organisation, Israel Ayeni, maintained that six months was enough to make an impact just like the late Gen. Murtala Mohammed did when he took over as military Head of State in 1976.

According to him, the prices of food were reduced considerably within Murtala’s six months in office, adding that seven additional states were created and also laying the foundation for the establishment of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Abuja.
He said: “All ongoing projects embarked upon by the late Oluwarotimi Akeredolu have been abandoned, while no new one has been initiated.
“The governor is warehousing funds meant for the development of the state to buy voters’ consciences for the forthcoming governorship election.”

Edema advised Aiyedatiwa not to waste tax-payers’ money in appealing the judgment that nullified the 33 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state.
Edema, while querying the intention of the governor to appeal the judgment, described the move as an afterthought and self-seeking, saying that the plan was a response to the criticism that trailed his alleged tacit support for the nullification.

He maintained that Aiyedatiwa ought to have studied and analysed the petitions of the aggrieved communities across the state administratively to resolve the imbroglio over the LCDAs before the case was instituted.
He said: “Governor Aiyedatiwa was the acting governor and even presided over the State Executive Council meeting that approved the numbers of the LCDAs. He had ample opportunity to take into consideration the agitation of the people over the numbers, distribution, and delineation of the council areas.

“Going on appeal after the lower court judgment is just to create some largesse for his cronies in the legal profession and some officers in the office of the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the name of legal fees, consultancy fees, and other ancillary expenses.”
“What the local councils need now is their autonomy to perform their functions as enshrined in the Fourth Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) so they can deliver the dividends of democracy to the people at the grassroots.
“Return their markets and allow them to collect all their constitutionally-guaranteed rates and revenues, which you have taken away and given to your cronies under the guise of raising the revenue of the state.”
Meanwhile, Aiyedatiwa Campaign Organisation Foot Soldiers Independent Council (LACO-FSIC), at the weekend, cautioned the opposition in Ondo State against utterances capable of pitching the executive arm of government against the judicial arm, as both operate separately.
The campaign council gave the upbraid in a statement by its Director of Contact and Engagement, Dr MarindotiOludare.
The reaction was in response to the persistence by the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate, Agboola Ajayi, that Aiyedatiwa should have prevented some communities from filing a suit that led to the nullification of 33 LCDAs by an Akure High Court.
Oludare stated: “In response to the ongoing and intractable criticism by the PDP gubernatorial candidate regarding the recent court judgment, we must address the fundamental flaws in his understanding of basic democratic principles, the separation of powers, and the role of the executive arm in our state.

“Ajayi’s persistent blame on Aiyedatiwa for a judicial decision reveals a worrying misconception of the governor’s role and the independence of the judiciary.
“This misguided belief that the governor should interfere in the judicial process is not only undemocratic but also dangerous, as it suggests that Ajayi intends to undermine the very foundation of our democracy by expecting executive over-reach.”
According to him, the crucial part of the court ruling addressed the legality of a sitting governor signing laws outside the seat of power in Akure and that Ajayi’s opposition to this ruling indicates his intention, if elected, to govern from outside the state, essentially becoming an absentee governor.
Meanwhile, the Lucky Aiyedatiwa Campaign Organisation Foot Soldiers Independent Council (LACO-FSIC), at the weekend, cautioned the opposition in Ondo State against utterances capable of pitching the executive arm of government against the judicial arm, as both operate separately.
The campaign council gave the upbraid in a statement by its Director of Contact and Engagement, Dr Marindoti Oludare.
The reaction was in response to the persistence by the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate, Agboola Ajayi, that Aiyedatiwa should have prevented some communities from filing a suit that led to the nullification of 33 LCDAs by an Akure High Court.
Oludare stated: “In response to the ongoing and intractable criticism by the PDP gubernatorial candidate regarding the recent court judgment, we must address the fundamental flaws in his understanding of basic democratic principles, the separation of powers, and the role of the executive arm in our state.
“Ajayi’s persistent blame on Aiyedatiwa for a judicial decision reveals a worrying misconception of the governor’s role and the independence of the judiciary.
“This misguided belief that the governor should interfere in the judicial process is not only undemocratic but also dangerous, as it suggests that Ajayi intends to undermine the very foundation of our democracy by expecting executive over-reach.”
According to him, the crucial part of the court ruling addressed the legality of a sitting governor signing laws outside the seat of power in Akure and that Ajayi’s opposition to this ruling indicates his intention, if elected, to govern from outside the state, essentially becoming an absentee governor.

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