A coalition of civil society organizations in Nigeria has expressed concern over the ongoing absence of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu from Ondo State and called for immediate action to address the situation.
Ondo state is in South West Nigeria and is over three hundred and twenty kilometres away from Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
The Coalition of Civil Society Organisation for Democracy (CCSOD) held a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, urging Governor Akeredolu to either resume his duties or transfer power to his Deputy, Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa.
Tunji John Asaolu, the Chief Convener of the coalition, highlighted the constitutional provisions that address situations where a governor is unable to fulfill their duties. He emphasized the importance of avoiding a governance vacuum and ensuring the effective administration of Ondo State.
The CCSOD condemned attempts by certain individuals to exploit the power vacuum for personal gain and called for transparency and accountability in the state’s governance. They stressed the need for strong leadership, especially during challenging times.
The coalition’s statement comes amidst reports that Governor Akeredolu has not fully resumed his duties since returning from overseas medical treatment several weeks ago.
While expressing prayers for the governor’s full recovery, the CCSOD emphasized the need to address the governance concerns arising from his prolonged absence. They called for a swift and transparent resolution to the situation, prioritizing the well-being of the people of Ondo State.