After spending a month abroad for medical treatment, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has resumed his official duties on Friday, September 8, 2023.
He expressed his gratitude to Nigerians for their prayers and support during his recovery process and assured them that he will complete his full tenure in office by God’s grace.
The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Olamide Oladiji, confirmed the governor’s resumption in a statement. He said that the governor had forwarded a letter of his resumption from medical vacation to the assembly, in accordance with Section 190(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended). He added that the letter was received during the parliamentary meeting of the House on Friday.
Oladiji also thanked God for bringing the governor back home hale and hearty and said that the people of Ondo State were happy to see him back in office. He recalled that the governor had informed the assembly of his medical leave in a letter dated June 4, 2023, and later extended it in another letter dated July 4, 2023.
The governor, who arrived in Ibadan, Oyo State on Thursday, held a stakeholders meeting with members of his state executive council, party chieftains and members of the state House of Assembly at his residence. He formally handed over his resumption letter to the Speaker and also gave a copy to the Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, who was present at the meeting.
According to his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, the governor said that God had answered their prayers and that he was grateful to everyone who wished him well. He said that God had done what the majority of the people wanted and that he had returned to serve them.
“I came back yesterday, and as you know, it was a long journey. I decided that I must meet with you today. God has answered our prayers, and we give Him all the glory,” he said.
“I can assure you that our return is to the glory of God and the prayers of all of you here, and those who wished us well. I thank you very much.
“God has done what the majority of our people wanted. The majority of our people here knelt down and prayed for our return, and we have returned.
“So, because we had to land here in Ibadan first, I said I have to meet with House of Assembly members here. We are here, and we are back. I am back, and by the grace of God, I will be alive to complete my full tenure in office.
“I want to tell you that I am back, and I will resume work immediately. This is my letter of resumption.”
The Speaker, on behalf of the lawmakers, expressed gratitude for the safe return of the governor and said that it was a prayer answered.
The governor also met with members of the State Executive Council and thanked them for their prayers and the good work they did while he was away on medical vacation.
“We are now back, and we give God all the glory. I have to let members of the House of Assembly know first that we have returned,” he said.
“As of today, I’m back as Governor of Ondo State. We thank God that I am alive and here. It’s your prayers that have kept us here. The office of the governor has resumed full work.”
The governor also held meetings with members of the National Assembly from Ondo State, including Senator Jide Ipinsagba (Ondo North), Hon. Timehin Adelegbe (Owo/Ose), Hon. Donald Ojogo (Ilaje/Ese-Odo), Hon. Festus Akingbaso (Idanre/Ifedore), Hon. Jimi Odimayo (Okitipupa/Irele) and Hon. Gboyega Adefarati (Akoko South West/South East).
The wife of the governor, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, also joined him to receive the FOWOSO members at his residence.
Stakeholders present at the meeting included members of the State House of Assembly, led by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Oladiji Olamide; Members of the State Executive Council, led by the Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa; National Assembly members; led by Senator Jide Ipinsagba; and Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) State Working Committee, led by the Chairman, Engr. Ade Adetimehin.
Others include Youth groups, led by the Ondo APC Youth Leader, Comrade Olawande Ayo Wisdom; Former Local Government Chairmen, led by Hon. Augustine Ogbesetore; and members of the Foundation of Wives of Ondo State Officials (FOWOSO).