The five-month political impasse in Ondo State over the absence of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu SAN, has been resolved.
President Bola Tinubu and key players in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), agreed to invoke the principle of necessity to proclaim the embattled Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa as Acting Governor of the state.
The meeting which held late Friday night at the state house Abuja also had in attendance some of Akeredolu’s cabinet members and Ondo State lawmakers.
Akeredolu, who returned from Germany on September 7, has not been in the state since his return but in his private residence in Ibadan, where he is said to be recuperating.
With this resolution, Ondo State House of Assembly is expected to reconvene on Monday to invoke the doctrine of necessity to proclaim Aiyedatiwa with full powers to govern the state.
This doctrine became popular in Nigeria in 2010 during a logjam created by the long absence of former Umar Yar’Adua from the country over his health and the deliberate actions of some members of his cabinet to sideline Goodluck Jonathan from being installed as the Acting President.
The ailing Yar’Adua was hospitalised in Saudi Arabia and was unable to formally transfer the instrument of office to his deputy.
The National Assembly intervened by invoking the doctrine of necessity to proclaim Goodluck Jonathan as acting president without recourse to constitutional niceties that require such a proclamation to be done by the ailing president.
(Editor: Amaechi Anakwue)