Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, is dead. The Ondo governor died at the age of 67.
According to reports, Akeredolu passed away on Wednesday at around 2 a.m. while undergoing treatment in a German hospital.
He passed away after battling prostate cancer and leukemia, two conditions that had kept him unable to move for several months.
Akeredolu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), and former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), won his re-election as the state governor in October 2020 and was sworn in for a second term in office in February 2021.
The governor’s second term, which started in January 2023, was plagued with difficulties ever since he went on medical leave overseas in June.
After spending months abroad, the 67-year-old politician came back to Nigeria in September and settled in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State.
On Wednesday, December 13, Akeredolu proceeded on another medical leave. He wrote a notice formally transferring power to his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa. Aiyedatiwa later assumed the responsibilities of the governor in full acting capacity.
Following his return to Nigeria in September, Akeredolu stayed in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. He tried to govern the state from there, leading to public outrage.
On July 9, Akeredolu’s wife, Betty announced the suspension of activities lined up to celebrate her 70th birthday.
The Ondo first lady announced the suspension of the activities in a series of Twitter posts. This was after questions were raised over plans to have a fanfare despite her husband’s ill-health.
Betty, in a statement via her X handle, said, “Hello Family and Friends. This is to inform you that all activities lined up to mark my 70th birthday are hereby suspended till further notice due to unforeseen circumstances beyond my control.
“Sorry for any inconvenience caused by this development.
“Nevertheless, be assured that it will be celebrated in style upon my return. Thank you for your understanding. I remain Arabinrin a.k.a Ada Owere I,” she added.
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