Arrangements are being made to swear in the acting governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, as the state governor following the death of the governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
It was gathered that Aiyedatiwa, who was in his hometown for the Christmas break when the news of the governor’s death broke, will soon arrive at the state capital, Akure, for the swearing in.
It was further learnt that the swearing-in has been tentatively fixed for 4pm barring any last minute change in plan.
The state Chief Judge, Justice Olusegun Odusola, is expected to preside over the exercise.
Aiyedatiwa was the deputy governor until Wednesday, 13th of December when power was formally transferred to him after Akeredolu went on another medical vacation.
Recall that Lagospostng reports that Akeredolu died on Wednesday (today), 27th of December, 2023, at 67.
The state government, while confirming the death of the governor, said he died in Germany on Wednesday after battling prostate cancer.
The statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs Bamidele Ademola-Olateju read, “With a heavy heart, the Ondo State Government announces the passing of our beloved Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, CON.
“Mr. Governor peacefully departed from this world in the early hours of today, Wednesday, December 27, 2023. This tragedy has left behind a profound void in our hearts.
“Governor Akeredolu answered the eternal call while receiving medical treatment in Germany. He succumbed to complications arising from protracted prostate cancer.”
The governor embarked on two separate medical vacations, the first on 3rd of April, 2023, and the second on 10th of July, 2023. On 7th of September, he made his way back to the country and promptly notified the state House of Assembly.