The sun had barely risen over Ibadan, Oyo State, when the news broke: Rotimi Akeredolu, the esteemed governor of Ondo State, had returned. After a three-month medical leave of absence, the governor’s return was eagerly anticipated by both his supporters and critics. His health had been a topic of concern, leading him to seek medical treatment in Germany. But today, Thursday, marked a new chapter in his journey.
- Governor Rotimi Akeredolu returns from a three-month medical leave in Germany.
- Akeredolu lands in Ibadan and schedules a meeting with key party leaders in Lagos.
- The interim governor, Lucky Ayedatiwa, is set to brief Akeredolu on state affairs.
- Akeredolu congratulates President Bola Tinubu on his election victory.
- The governor emphasizes unity and collaboration in the face of political differences.
A reliable government source, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that Akeredolu had landed safely at his residence in Ibadan. The news spread like wildfire, with the Vanguard newspaper being one of the first to break the story. The governor’s return was not just a personal milestone but also a significant political event. He had called for a meeting with key party leaders and members of the state Executive Council at his Lagos residence the following day, Friday.
The interim governor, Lucky Ayedatiwa, who had been holding the fort in Akeredolu’s absence, was expected to lead the delegation. The meeting’s agenda was clear: to brief Akeredolu on the state’s affairs during his absence. Sources close to the matter revealed that the governor planned to spend a few weeks in Lagos, recuperating and strategizing, before diving back into his official duties.
The governor’s medical leave, which began in June, had been extended following his doctor’s advice and with the approval of the state House of Assembly. This extension had fueled speculations and concerns, but a photograph of the governor aboard a plane, looking hale and hearty, had recently surfaced online, putting many of these rumors to rest.
The First Lady, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, had also taken to her Facebook page to announce their return, with a simple yet poignant message: “Homebound”. This post garnered thousands of reactions, with citizens expressing their relief and joy at the governor’s recovery.
A top government source, speaking to Vanguard, confirmed the governor’s return and the scheduled meeting with the Executive Council members. “Yes, I can confirm to you that the Eagle has landed,” the source said, using a metaphor that aptly captured the governor’s majestic return. Before resuming his duties fully, Akeredolu would send an official letter to the state House of Assembly, notifying them of his return and readiness to serve.
In the midst of this personal journey, Governor Akeredolu didn’t forget his political responsibilities. He congratulated President Bola Tinubu on the PEPT decision that upheld his victory in the presidential election held on February 25. Akeredolu’s party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), was also lauded for its victory.
In a statement released in Akure, Richard Olatunde, the governor’s chief press secretary, emphasized the importance of the ruling. He stated that it not only deepened Nigeria’s jurisprudence but also strengthened the nation’s commitment to democratic values. Akeredolu further urged Nigerians to prioritize the nation’s unity over divisive politics and remarks, especially concerning election-related matters.
The governor’s message was clear: the time for campaigns and legal battles was over. It was now time for unity, progress, and collaboration. He called on Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party to join hands with the President in advancing the nation’s interests.
In conclusion, Governor Akeredolu’s return marks a new dawn for Ondo State and Nigeria at large. His journey of healing, both personal and political, serves as a testament to his resilience and commitment to his people.