Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, who is currently battling health issues, has officially communicated his intention to transfer power to his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.
In a written correspondence addressed to the State House of Assembly, the governor cited his deteriorating health as the reason for the temporary handover.
“The Speaker of the House, Olamide Oladiji, in a statement, said Mr Akeredolu embarked on the 21-day leave for medical treatment abroad from 7th June and that he will be away until 6th July.”
According to the letter, the leave will extend to the 6th of July due to public holidays on June 12 (Democracy Day) and Eid el Kabir (28th and 29th June, the report says.
“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,” according to a statement quoted by the portal.
Akeredolu has not been seen in his office for several weeks, and it is known that he has health challenges.
Although the governor’s aides admitted that he was indisposed, his condition and absence from duty led to political intrigues and a division in his cabinet, significantly impeding decision-making.