The Acting Governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has arrived at the Governor’s office for the swearing-in ceremony as the state governor.
Aiyedatiwa will be sworn in as Governor of Ondo State following the death of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu earlier on Wednesday.
Aiyedatiwa’s walk to becoming the governor of Ondo State was a long one that lasted one year since Akeredolu suffered health challenges before he eventually succumbed to the claws of death on Wednesday in faraway Germany where he was being treated for prostate cancer.
Aiyedatiwa survived an impeachment plot by Akeredolu’s allies in the Ondo State House of Assembly and stark opposition by his late principal’s foot soldiers.
Controversy enveloped the politics of the state in the last few months with activists and constitutional lawyers calling on Akeredolu to transmit power to Aiyedatiwa in line with the 1999 Constitution.
Akeredolu was in and out of hospitals abroad before he breathed his last on December 27, 2023.
Eventually, Akeredolu, a second-term governor before his death, transmitted power to Aiyedatiwa on December 13, 2023, as he embarked on a fresh medical trip overseas, the second in 2023.
Akeredolu, 67, could not make it back to Nigeria as he died of complications arising from prostate cancer.
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.
PUNCH Online learnt 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, December 13 when power was formally transferred to him after Akeredolu went on another medical vacation.
PUNCH Online reports that Akeredolu died on Wednesday (today) 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 April 3, 2023, and the second on July 10, 2023. On September 7, he made his way back to the country and promptly notified the state House of Assembly, PUNCH Online reports