Ondo Governor, Akeredolu, hands over power to deputy over ill Health

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has formally written to notify the State House of Assembly of his intention to travel abroad for medical treatment and that his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, should act as governor.

The Speaker of the House, Olamide Oladiji, in a statement, said Akeredolu embarked on the 21-day leave for medical treatment abroad from 7th June and that he will be away until 6th July.

According to the letter, read by the speaker, “The leave, which commenced on 7th of June, extends to 6th July, 2023 due to the public holidays on June 12 (Democracy Day) and Eid el Kabir (28th and 29th, June, 2023).”

The speaker noted that the governor, who had directed his deputy, Aiyedatiwa, to act as the governor while away, further assured of his resumption on the 6th of July, 2023.

The Speaker described the governor as a lover of peace and an apostle of the rule of law.

He wished him a speedy recovery and a joyful vacation.

Akeredolu was seen briefly in public shortly after he returned to the state from his 15-working days annual leave on May 1, but his ill-health continued to generate anxiety.

Last week, there was anxiety in Ondo and Nigeria as a whole after it was rumoured that Akeredolu had passed on. It was reported that his health had deteriorated and he needed “serious prayers”.

Meanwhile, the state government has not disclosed the nature of Mr Akeredolu’s ailment and where specifically he will seek treatment abroad.

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