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Akeredolu’s Absence: Drama as motorcyclists prevent protest in Ondo

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A mild drama ensued in Akure, the Ondo state capital yesterday, as a protest planned by a group, aegis Ondo Liberation Initiative, on the continued absence of governor Rotimi Akeredolu from the state, was prevented from holding by over 200 commercial motorcycle operators.


The venue of the protest/ press conference, which was the state Council of the NUJ, was invaded by commercial motorcycle operators as early as 8am.


They motorcyclists took over the venue and prevented the members of the group that had early paid for the hall.


For hours, both group members laid claim to the use of the venue.


Spokesperson for the group, Alabi Johnson, who later addressed the group members at the entrance of the NUJ secretariat, expressed concern about the state of health of the governor.


Johnson said that the group perceived that the governor ” has been caged by either his immediate family or his aides who are his handlers and prevented him from accessing quality health care abroad because of reasons best known to them.


” We call on all well-meaning Nigerians to shout out loud, intervene and rescue him from this perceived captivity. Aketi shouldn’t be allowed to die the way he’s being caged.


” The concept we are here to showcase today is “Jara e gba” which translates to “Rescue yourself”. It is now evidently clear that every citizen of this state needs to Rescue him/herself from poverty, impoverishment, economic hardship and political hardship.


” As a matter of fact today we wish to canvass for the rescue of our Governor from the handlers who have deliberately caged him so as to remain in one position for their selfish interest at the expense of his ill health. (Aketi Jara e gba!)


“We all know that when anyone is sick as our Governor is now, he/she remains at the mercy of whoever is managing his/her health. As it is now, we perceive that our Governor is very ill and at the mercy of these handlers.

” Nobody has access to him! Nobody has seen him in any public place since his claimed resumption of office. This is why our concept of Jare e gba becomes necessary in Ondo.


” Ondo government needs to be rescued; the people need to be rescued by embracing Government policies that can eradicate poverty. Aketi needs to be rescued and taken out for better medical care. The Governor is no longer a private person but a public officer.


“We want to use this medium to call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, H. E. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, to intervene in rescuing Aketi and take him abroad for good medical care.


They commended the party’s leadership for their timely intervention and restoration of peace in the state.


Johnson also lauded the embattled deputy governor, Hon Lucky Aiyedatiwa

“for his maturity, humility and perseverance in handling the Impeachment saga.


” We urge him to ensure the reconciliation and the political solution opted for is successful.


“We recognise the office of the Speaker of the Ondo House of Assembly and urge that the reconciliation process is given due priority.


Meanwhile, the embattled deputy governor, Hon Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has denied endorsing any planned protest against the governor’s continued absence from the state.


Aiyedatiwa in a statement he personally signed in Akure, disowned the protesters.


Aiyedatiwa said that “My attention has been drawn to some false publications in which it was alleged that a group loyal to me is planning to hold a protest against the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.


“This is to inform the good and peace-loving people of Ondo State that I am not aware of any such protest and no group or association has my endorsement to carry out public demonstration of any kind.


“I affirm my commitment to the ongoing reconciliation efforts of the National leadership of our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the political situation in our State which are already yielding the much-needed tranquillity in the State.


“Therefore, I enjoin the security operatives in the State to continue to maintain peace and ensure that the good people of Ondo State go about their daily activities without any disturbance.

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