‘No Governor in Ondo comment’: Olusola Oke becoming too desperate —Aiyedatiwa


Chief Olusola Alexander Oke is a very senior lawyer who should know the law and protect it everywhere he goes. He is a member of the inner Bar who has risen painstakingly through the ranks in the legal profession. Without prejudice to his personality, he is a great lawyer with both physical and intellectual skills capable of whitewashing any unprepared counsel in the courtroom.

But character is like smoke. You cannot conceal it forever. It oozes at the least unexpected time and the world would be discerning enough to judge. Chief Oke is aspiring to be Governor of Ondo State under the platform of the APC. This is not his first time. He has sought to be Governor under different political parties and almost at every election year in Ondo state. Genuine or not, it is his life long ambition. Nobody should begrudge him. We all have ambitions too, whether ordinate or inordinate.

Unfortunately, Chief Oke took his desperation too far by attacking the office he intends to occupy. He became the proverbial hen that defecates inside the pot that would later house it for a meal. How on earth will a Senior Advocate of Nigeria show so much disdain for the law he swore to protect at all times? How could Chief Oke denigrate the office of the Governor of Ondo State? His declaration that there is no Governor in Ondo state is mind-blowing. He even confidently said there is no ELECTED Governor since Aketi had died. Which part of law did the SAN study? We can begin to ask questions now.

The late Governor Akeredolu who Chief Oke referred to as his leader and Governor ran under an inseparable ticket with Governor Aiyedatiwa. In law, they are one and the same. If Chief Oke voted for Aketi as his Governor, he couldn’t have divorced himself from the making of Governor Aiyedatiwa as the then Deputy Governor. Simple logic suggests that our SAN voted for two in one to hold separate lawful offices as the constitution demands. That’s not nebulous for a lawyer of many years at the Bar.

We must be careful of utterances that undermine the position of the Governor of Ondo State. If we seek to serve the people altruistically, we must be circumspect, civil and logical.

The signs are before us already. Chief Oke has shown how unfit he is to lead a people in need of true leadership that bothers on compassion, civility, inclusion and peaceful coexistence. Charging the state chairman to stoke unnecessary discord against the Governor and leader of the party is wicked, unpatriotic and unbelievably divisive.

We understand that Chief Oke is willing to diminish the fortune of the APC in Ondo state by causing crisis where there should be none. We know that he will run under another party as he has always done. We charge those who have no other party to go to be wary of his antics. We can all seek to get whatever we want under this great platform that we have jointly built. There is no need to fight the Governor or undermine the seat of the Governor of Ondo State because of ambition.

The chairman of the APC, Engr. Ade Adetimehin has repeatedly maintained that he has no rift with Governor Aiyedatiwa who is the leader of the party in Ondo state. For the records, it should serve as a current affairs update to Chief Olusola Alexander Oke that an ELECTED Governor who is known to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria exists in Ondo state and his name is Governor Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, the 7th Civilian Governor of Ondo State.

……Sunday Olugbenga Abire is Special Assistant on New Media to the Governor of Ondo State (Lucky Aiyedatiwa).


My attention has been drawn to one article credited to one Olugbenga Sunday Abire, Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media. Ordinarily, I would have maintained the usual maturity to consign his statement into the dustbin of nuisance for pontificating and demonstrating an inchoate knowledge on a matter beyond his ken as a political lapdog and psychophant who is being affected by raw emotions, rabid partisanship and jejune sentiment but, I find it imperative to respond to his article for describing the eminent learned silk, “for murdering the law because of his personal ambition” most especially when it is coming from someone whose principal and political pay master owes his political ascendency to chief Olusola Oke.

For the avoidance of doubt, Chief Olusola Oke, SAN is a consummate legal practitioner who combines politics and law together and succeed which I think his aspiration is not borne of personal gratification and desperation. He has carved an imperishable niche for himself in law and politics. This is one the reasons he still commands the respect of majority of the people of Ondo state and we have absolute confidence in his leadership capacity that his administration will sustain a lasting legacy not ephemeral gratification unlike someone who is being blinded by delusional self importance.

As a lawyer and paladin of moral and political rectitude I don’t see anything wrong in a statement that emanated from the eminent learned silk, Chief Olusola Oke, SAN and he said nothing but the absolute truth for saying “We don’t have a Governor that was a elected, we only have a Governor that became a Governor by reason of demise of Akeredolu ” which is an irrefutable fact and apposite dictum to current political dispensation in Ondo State. One thing that remains a constant and irrefutable fact is that Lucky Ayedatiwa was not elected as Governor but a Deputy Governor whose statutory role is only limited to the role assigned to him by the Governor and does not have any statutory responsibility under the constitution. He only became a Governor accidentally due to the unfortunate demise of Akeredolu who was elected as Governor, his emergence is accidental because nobody ever anticipated the death of his principal because the time of death of every human being is only known to God and remains a fathomless mystery to every mortal.

It is must be noted that sickness do not kill; only death kills. For that fact Akeredolu died at a time nobody expected and his Deputy took baton of leadership doesn’t make him a constitutionally elected Governor even if he was sworn in as Governor in line with the constitution and extant laws.

Whether Sunday Olugbenga Abire likes it or not Lucky Ayedatiwa is a product generosity of Chief Olusola Oke, SAN and owes his political ascendency to him perhaps, he needs credible evidence to dispel his doubt; I will furnish him a video and pictorial evidence where his principal genuflected and was begging Chief Olusola Oke, SAN to allow to be nominated as the Deputy Governor. I will admonish Sunday Olugbenga Abire, to stop displaying crass ignorance and advise his principal to work assiduously to get the ticket instead of looking for a way to maneuver himself because power is not served à la cartee .

Olusola Oke, SAN is not jittery about unnecessary noise of power of incumbency which only play a very minimal or infinitesimal role and can never be effective because he has the charisma, personal magnetism and respectability and he is not expecting from anybody except God, the father and not a godfather in another party.

Barr. Lade Ebiwanno, a Legal Practitioner writes from Okitipupa, Ondo State.

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