President Tinubu’s Intervention in Rivers, Ondo Political Crises Not Needed -Fashola

Former Lagos State governor and immediate past minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has said that the intervention of President Bola Tinubu is not needed in the on-going political crises in Ondo and Rivers states.

Fashola argued that despite calls to amend the Constitution at different times, it is high time Nigerians amended ‘our ways’.

He further stated that the constitution was clear on what should be done when such situations arose and the roles to be played by individuals involved.

Fashola said these over the weekend at the Nigerian Air Force Officers Mess Honorary Members Forum (HMF) 2023 Annual Lecture in Lagos.

The topic was ‘Leadership – Leading the Change.’

His words: “We have amended the constitution, so what is left to amend, except ourselves? Is this a matter that required presidential intervention when some people were calling for the President to intervene? Does the Constitution assign a role to the President in this matter?

“Are those inviting the President to act in Ondo and in Rivers states not aware that the President has no constitutional role in these matters?

“Are they not also those who argue that the Federal Government and, by extension, the President are too powerful and encroaching on the powers of state governments? Is this a case of passing the buck when tough leadership calls are requested to be made?

“Happily, in our Ondo case, some blue blood Ondo indigenes have stood up to be counted. But they are in an obvious minority.

“(They intervened) in the pursuit of law and constitutionality before the governor’s letter restored calm. And we want for leadership in Rivers state to do the needful,” he stated.