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Abuja lawyer accuses some Ondo officials of hijacking governance via forged Akeredolu signature

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A senior advocate of Nigeria and principal partner at Kayode Ajulo & Co. Castle of Law, Kayode Ajulo, has alleged that some officials within the administration of Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu were purportedly signing documents on behalf of the ailing governor.

Ajulo, while appearing on Arise Television’s Morning Show programme on Monday, said the deputy governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, cannot assume gubernatorial responsibilities constitutionally, as there has been no formal transfer of power.

He expressed concerns that this situation might pave the way for a clandestine takeover of state governance by a powerful cabal.

Ajulo, drawing on legal expertise, pointed out notable disparities in recently approved memos compared to those approved by Governor Akeredolu when he was in good health.

He emphasised the need for a private investigation into the matter, citing the Police and Administration of Justice Act, which allows such inquiries.

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The lawyer adamantly asserted that the alleged signatures on recent documents did not match the governor’s authentic signature, making the situation apparent.

Ajulo advocated the application of the doctrine of necessity, allowing the deputy governor to assume power until Governor Akeredolu resumes duty.

Highlighting concerns about the state’s governance, Ajulo urged security agencies, including the Department of State Services (DSS), to investigate questions surrounding the missing N7.5 billion in the state. He called for accountability and emphasised the importance of asking who approved these financial transactions.

Commenting on the leadership crisis, Ajulo criticised the delay in addressing the situation and called on Governor Akeredolu to either communicate with the public about his health status or delegate power to his deputy, emphasising the duty owed to the taxpayers funding his medical care.

The legal expert concluded by urging relevant authorities to ensure the rule of law prevails and to investigate those holding the state “by the jugular” for potential misuse of public funds.

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