Ganduje inaugurates committee to reconcile Akeredolu, deputy

* Committee sure of resolving gov, Ayedatiwa crisis

By Nudoiba Ojen

All Progressives Congress National Chairman, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, on Friday, officially swore in members of the reconciliation committee established to resolve the political impasse between Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, and his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

The development is coming barely 24 hours after the embattled deputy governor wrote the Chief Judge of the state, Olusegun Odusola, to ignore the directive of the House of Assembly to set up a seven-person panel to investigate him.

The Committee chaired by former Kastina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has one week to submit its recommendations to the ruling party.

The committee, among other things, has been tasked to interface and engage with all contending partners with a view to gathering facts and circumstances surrounding the lingering impeachment process of the Ondo State deputy governor; advise the party on the most amicable ways of handling the lingering issues and make necessary recommendations to the party on resolution of issues and any other matter that may come up in the course of the assignment.

Ganduje, who emphasised the need to ensure a sound working relationship between Akeredolu and his deputy, expressed optimism that members of the committee had vast experience in public service as well as the wherewithal to achieve the set goal.

He said: “APC is a political party, we are interested to see that there is a peaceful coexistence and a good working relationship between the governor of Ondo State and his deputy.

“To see how we can solve this problem, it is important to set up a reconciliation committee. A reconciliation must be comprised of people who have relevant experience, and cognitive knowledge on the issue before us.”

Members of the newly inaugurated committee included the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Gboyega Oyetola; Senator Jack Tilley Gyado, Tanko Almakura, Martin Elechi and Mohammed Abubakar.

The committee chairman, Masari, assured that their intervention would resolve the issue between the governor and his deputy amicably.

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