The sad news has reached us that Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor of Ondo State, has passed away at the age of 67 after battling a prolonged illness.
The Ondo State government, through the state’s Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, issued a statement on Wednesday, revealing that Akeredolu succumbed to complications arising from protracted prostate cancer while in Germany.
The governor had recently returned to Nigeria from a three-month medical leave in Germany and continued to govern Ondo State from his residence in Ibadan.
After his return in September, President Bola Tinubu directed him to hand over control to his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, who had been acting as Governor during Akeredolu’s absence. The plan was for another leave of absence in December 2023.
Akeredolu, a two-term governor of Ondo State, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), and a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), leaves a significant void in the hearts of many.
The Ondo government’s statement expressed the deep sorrow over the loss and highlighted Akeredolu’s remarkable leadership, unwavering dedication, and service not only to Ondo State but also to the entire Southwest region and the nation.
The article also touches upon the rift between Akeredolu and Aiyedatiwa, which emerged as the governor’s health deteriorated. Activists and opposition parties pressured Akeredolu to step down, leading to a conflict that saw an impeachment notice served to Aiyedatiwa. President Tinubu intervened, mediating a peace meeting that brought resolution to the matter.
Reflecting on Akeredolu’s life, the article provides details about his early years, education, and career, emphasizing his contributions as the Attorney General of Ondo State and the President of the NBA. Akeredolu’s political journey, from his election as Ondo State governor in 2016 to his second term ending in 2023, is also highlighted.
In conclusion, the piece pays tribute to Akeredolu’s purposeful life and service to the people of Ondo State, ending on a note of solace in the belief that he lived a life dedicated to the service of God Almighty.