Akeredolu hands over to deputy, Aiyedatiwa, returns to Germany on medical leave

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa. FILE PHOTO

By Marvellous Nyang

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has finally decided to hand over power to his deputy, Lucky Aiyedaiwa, as he proceeds to Germany on medical leave.

Recalled Akeredolu returned to Nigeria in September, after spending three months in Germany receiving medical treatment in the European nation.

The twist to the power tussle in the state is coming after months of political crisis in Ondo State on who is to direct the state affairs as the governor battles an undisclosed health challenge which has rendered him incapacitated.

This development was disclosed on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, in a statement signed by Richard Olatunde, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.

The statement reads: “Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, CON, will commence his medical leave on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, as a follow-up to his medical treatment.

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“During his medical leave, Governor Akeredolu will prioritise his health and ensure a full recovery before resuming his official duties.

“A formal letter regarding the medical leave and a notice formally transferring power in line with the Nigerian Constitution will be transmitted to the House of Assembly.

“In the absence of Governor Akeredolu, the Deputy Governor, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, will assume the responsibilities of the Governor in an acting capacity.

“Governor Akeredolu expresses his gratitude for the unwavering support and affection of the people of Ondo State. He assures them that his administration remains committed to the path of progress and prosperity for the people.

“As a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and a widely respected Nigerian, Governor Akeredolu has consistently delegated power to his deputy during his annual vacations. This practice was observed on April 1, 2021, April 1, 2022, April 3, 2023, and July 10, 2023, when he embarked on previous vacations.”