The National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is intervening in the ongoing political imbroglio in Ondo State over the move by the State House of Assembly to impeach Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa over alleged gross misconduct.
The National Chairman of the party, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Friday in Abuja announced the setting up of a 9-man committee to mediate in the ongoing political face-off in the State.
The committee is headed by the immediate past governor of Kastina State, Bello Masari.
The intervention is coming on the heels of an order by Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court in Abuja restraining the Ondo State House of Assembly from impeaching Aiyedatiwa.
The court also restrained Governor Rotimi Akeredolu from nominating a new deputy governor and forwarding the same to the lawmakers for approval, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive matter.
A statement by issued by Ganduje’s Chief Press Secretary, Edwin Olofu in Abuja on Friday said the committee is to step into the matter immediately.
The statement read in part: “The National Secretariat of the Party is concerned about the unfortunate political situation in Ondo State, which if not quickly averted, may lead to further disaffection among the party.
“Therefore, to avert the misunderstanding, and after critical observation of the situation, the National Secretariat has decided to wade in, to foster a better understanding that may likely lead to an amicable resolution.
“In light of the above, the National Chairman of the Party, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, CON, has set up a 9-man Committee under the able leadership of the erstwhile Governor of Katsina State, His Excellency, Rt Hon Aminu Bello Masari, CFR, to not only intervene but also see to the peaceful reconciliation of all parties involved.
“The National Secretariat urges all parties to remain calm and extend all the necessary cooperation and support to the Masari-led Committee.”
Meanwhile, an Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure has granted leave to the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, to serve all processes filed in the suit on the State House of Assembly, Speaker of the Assembly, Olamide Oladiji, and the Clerk, Benjamin Jaiyeola.
Justice O. Akintan-Osadebay ordered that all processes filed in the suit be served on the defendants by posting on the front side wall/fence or entrance gate or any conspicuous area of the Assembly Complex.
He also directed the processes to be pasted on the notice board of the High Court of Justice, Akure.
The order of Justice Osadebey followed an application by Aiyedatiwa seeking an order for leave of the Court to serve the Assembly by substituted means by posting the court processes on the wall/fence of the Assembly Complex.