The Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has handed over power to his Deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, following his (Akeredolu’s) ill health, while he has embarked on a 21-day leave for medical treatment abroad from 7th June to 6th July, 2023
Penpushing reports that towards this effect, Akeredolu has formally written to notify the Ondo State House of Assembly that he is on leave and that his deputy should henceforth act as governor.
The Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt Hon Olamide Oladiji, in a statement, said the Governor embarked on the 21-day leave for medical treatment abroad from 7th June and that he will be away until 6th July.
Penpushing further reports that Oladiji explained that in the letter, the leave will extend to the 6th of July, 2023, due to public holidays on June 12 (Democracy Day) and Eid el Kabir (28th and 29th June, 2023.
‘The Governor, who had directed his Deputy, Hon.Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa to act as the Governor while away, has assured of his resumption on the 6th of July, 2023’, the Speaker said in the statement, describing the Governor as a lover of peace and an apostle of the rule of law.
Penpushing also reports that the Ondo State House of Assembly, however, wished the ailing Governor a speedy recovery and a joyful vacation, just as it is recalled that Akeredolu has not been seen in his office for several weeks, and it is known that he has health challenges.
The Governor’s aides, it is recalled had admitted that he (Akeredolu) was indisposed, his condition and absence from duty led to political intrigues and a division in his cabinet, significantly impeding decision-making.
Penpushing reports that opposition parties including Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP), had demanded that the governor transmit power to his deputy in line with the provisions of the constitution due to his health challenges.
Meanwhile, the Ondo State Government as at the time of filing this report has not disclosed the nature of Akeredolu’s ailment and where specifically he will seek medical treatment abroad.
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