Akeredolu Proceeds on Medical Leave, Delegates Power to Deputy

Written by Bola Abraham

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has announced that he will be proceeding on medical leave from Wednesday, and has asked his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, to assume his responsibilities in an acting capacity. This was disclosed in a statement issued on Tuesday by the governor’s spokesman, Richard Olatunde.

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The governor, who has been ill since January, has decided to prioritise his health and ensure a full recovery before resuming his official duties. A formal letter regarding the medical leave and a notice formally transferring power in line with the Nigerian Constitution will be transmitted to the House of Assembly.

Governor Akeredolu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and a widely respected figure, has consistently delegated power to his deputy during his annual vacations. This practice was observed on April 1, 2021, April 1, 2022, April 3, 2023, and July 10, 2023, when he embarked on previous vacations.

The decision underscores the governor’s commitment to good governance and the smooth running of the state affairs, even in his absence.

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