December 16 2023

Ondo acting governor asserts his authority, freezes all local accounts

Ondo State acting governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa is reminding everyone that he is in charge as he freezes local government account of the state

The acting Governor of Ondo state, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, is reminding everyone in the state that he is fully in charge even as he has frozen the local government account in the state in the latest move to assert his authority.

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It was done with neither prior notice nor any explanations, Nation reported. The newly caretaker chairmen of 18 local government areas and 33 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state are now stranded in middle of the preparations for council elections.

“Yes, he has blocked account of the local government. He is doing it to make the caretaker chairmen fall in line ahead of the party primary next year. He believes the local government fund has been diverted,” one of the caretaker chairmen confirmed the news under anonymity.

There is another thing that Aiyedatiwa has done. He has stripped the administration’s Chief of Staff of his powers and handed them over to his junior, the deputy Chief of Staff, Omojuwa Olusegun.

In a letter that reportedly shocked the State Executive Council and other top government functionaries, Omojuwa revealed the disturbing changes thus:

“The acting governor of Ondo state, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa has directed me to inform all Members of the State Executive Council and top

“Government functionaries that the deputy chief of staff to the governor would be responsible for the preparation and signing of his official engagements for the time being.

“The Chief of Protocol would take charge of this responsibility as soon as Mr. Governor resumes from his medical vacation.”