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Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu dies at age 67



Rotimi Akeredolu was first elected governor in 2017 [Tribune]

Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor of Ondo State, has lost his fight against leukemia.

An official of the All Progressives Congress (APC) confirmed that the 67-year-old governor breathed his last in the early hours of Wednesday, December 27, 2023.

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The governor took yet another medical vacation on December 13 in order to treat his protracted illness. The information was released in a statement that was signed by Richard Olatunde, the governor’s chief press secretary. Olatunde emphasized that the governor will prioritize his health and full recovery before returning to his official duties.

Rotimi Akeredolu was first elected governor in 2017 [Tribune]

According to the Nigerian Constitution, Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, the deputy governor, filled in as governor in an acting capacity during Akeredolu’s absence.

Prior to his most recent absence, the governor had resumed his duties in September following a lengthy medical leave of absence that began in June. But as he carried on managing the operations of Ondo State from his residence in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state, political unrest was sparked by his uncertain health.

Deputy Governor Aiyedatiwa and Akeredolu’s supporters were at odds over the remote work arrangements, which resulted in attempts to remove the deputy governor both before and after Akeredolu left office.

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