I'm not bothered if Akeredolu hands over to me - Ondo Deputy Gov

The Deputy Governor of Ondo state says he is not worried if his principal, governor Rotimi Akeredolu refuses to hand over to him.

Speaking through his Mr. Babatope Okeowo, Chief Press Secretary, Ajayi stated that with precedents he is unbothered if his boss makes him acting governor adding that he does not see that happening considering that they had parted ways politically.

“The constitution is so explicit about it that when the President or the Governor is incapacitated, the vice or the deputy takes over but in this case, the governor is not incapacitated. It is only when he is incapacitated that the doctrine of necessity will have come into play.

“For now, there is no need for any anxiety about the governor’s state of health. He has said that he will be treating files while in isolation. That means governance won’t be affected.

“And you know the political situation in Ondo State now. Both the governor and the deputy governor are in different political camps, so we don’t expect it and we are not bothered about it because before now the governor had sidelined the deputy governor in the day to day running of the activities of the government. There is nothing unusual in what he did.

“In the constitution, he ought to have transmitted letter but when you look at it from the political angle, the governor will not do it and we are not bothered. We are bothered because we know we are in different political parties.

“So, since he is not incapacitated, there is no need for the doctrine of necessity and we are not bothered with that. He further stated that

“Do you know that when Yar’Adua was sick he didn’t transmit letter giving power to Jonathan until the National Assembly invoked the doctrine of necessity to make him acting president.

“Even when President Buhari was sick, the Attorney General of the Federation said he can work from anywhere as President. The late Abba Kyari was the one taking files to him in London where he was recuperating.”

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