Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the governor of Ondo State, has died, which is a shocking and tragic development. The state and its citizens observed a day of sorrow on Wednesday, December 27th, when this news was confirmed. When Governor Akeredolu passed away, he was 67 years old.
People were worried about Governor Akeredolu’s health for a while. It is understood that state house medical staff cared for him till he passed away. Constant and strenuous effort was made to ensure that he received the medical attention he needed. His illness prevented him from being transferred overseas for treatment, which would have given him access to more specialist facilities.
An unidentified Ondo State commissioner verified the tragic news of Governor Akeredolu’s death in an interview with The Nation. An authoritative source further confirmed the news, saying, “Akeredolu is dead; he died in Lagos.” A mad dash last week to get dialysis devices transported to his hidden Lagos location.
Since Governor Akeredolu’s September return to Nigeria from a three-month medical break in Germany, news of his health problems has circulated widely. Health issues demanded my full and urgent care, thus I had to take this leave.
Even more recently, on December 13, Governor Akeredolu was ordered by President Bola Tinubu to take another medical leave. At this point in time, he transferred power to Lucky Aiyedatiwa, his deputy. Everyone thought his treatment would continue during this medical break.
Both Ondo State and Nigeria have lost a great leader with Governor Akeredolu’s departure. His impact on Nigerian politics was immense, and he left an indelible mark on the country and its citizens. Reflecting on his legacy and the impact he had on the community he served, the state is now in mourning over the loss of a leader and public servant.