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Ondo Gov Akeredolu transmits power to deputy, goes on medical trip abroad

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Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu has embarked on a medical leave abroad and handed over the reins of office to his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

The Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Olamide Oladiji, confirmed the receipt of a letter from the governor indicating his departure for treatment.

“Ondo State House of Assembly said it has received the letter of medical leave from the Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu,” a Tuesday statement from the lawmaker read.

“Speaking through the lawmakers, the Speaker of the House, Olamide Oladiji, explained that the Governor had embarked on a 21-day leave for medical treatment abroad starting from the 7th of June, 2023, to the 6th of July, 2023.

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

“The Governor, who had directed his Deputy, Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, to act as the Governor while away, has assured of his resumption on the 6th of July, 2023.”

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‘Aketi is very much alive.”

Akeredolu’s letter and handover come amid concerns about his health. While there have been speculations about him, with many claiming he is dead, the Ondo State Government was swift in debunking them.

“We have been inundated with calls and messages concerning the state of health of the Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,” the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, said in a statement.

“We had chosen to ignore this wicked fabrication until it appeared that certain persons sought to draw political mileage from the disinformation.

“Though the Governor has been indisposed, he has been attending to state matters and delegating functions to functionaries of the government when necessary. We enjoin members of the public to ignore the rumor. Aketi is very much alive.”

In the wake of the development, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state called on Governor Akeredolu to resign his position.

“If, for whatever reason, Akeredolu can no longer discharge his official responsibilities, the most reasonable thing to do is to hand over to the Deputy Governor as required by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended),” the party’s spokesman Kennedy Peretei said.

(omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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