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Tinubu mourns late Ondo Gov. Akeredolu, describes him a fearless brother and political soulmate

Late Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State

*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu mourns the death of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, describing him as a man who moved Nigeria towards equity, fairness and justice in his ‘strident advocacy against every form of injustice in our country through the instrumentality of the law’

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu expressed sadness over the death of Governor
Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu of Ondo State, who he described as “my beloved brother, confidant, political soulmate.”

Tinubu stated this Wednesday, December 27, 2023, following the death of Akeredolu after an illness.

The Nigerian leader, in a tribute a personally signed and issued, said: “It is a difficult task to have to pen a tribute and sing a dirge for a departing soul.

“It is a more difficult job in our African culture when one is compelled to do so for a younger person.”

The President also noted: “Here I am with the difficult job of singing a dirge for Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, my beloved brother, confidant, political soulmate and Governor of Ondo State.

“I cannot fairly capture in words Rotimi’s towering figure and his human essence.

“Rotimi was a man who moved our nation towards equity, fairness and justice in his strident advocacy against every form of injustice in our country through the instrumentality of the law as a senior advocate, attorney general of his beloved state, as President of the Nigerian Bar Association and Governor of Ondo State.”

According to him, in a challenging moment of Nigeria’s statehood when marauding agents of darkness spread their tentacles across the West African country, “Rotimi was a strong voice in wilderness calling us to rethink our security architecture so we can have a more secure nation.

“His unrelenting advocacy led to the birth of the local police in the South-West.”

The President further: “Rotimi was a man of ideas and actions. While he was with us, he taught us the power of action and service.

“In Ondo State where he had the honour to serve as the Governor in the last 6 years, he served his people with absolute loyalty, dedication and forthrightness.

“His footprints dot the entire landscape in the hundreds of kilometres of roads he built, the many school he built and healthcare facilities that he provided.”

Tinubu as well recalled: “During the dark hours when marauding agents of darkness visited the state and killed defenceless citizens where 40 worshippers of the Catholic Church of Owo were killed on June 5, 2022, Rotimi’s leadership qualities as a true statesman and compassionate leader radiated brightly to the world.

“He was a mourner-in-chief who guided his people through an agonising period. Today, I MOURN a fighter and fearless defender of truth and the masses.”

He said: “My personal journey with Rotimi started as joint members of the progressive family.
“We fought many battles together to restore progressive governance in the South-West, Edo State and Nigeria as a whole.

“During this uncertain period, Rotimi was resolute and unflinching. He showed uncommon courage as member of our legal team in our battles to reclaim our stolen mandates in Ekiti, Ondo, Edo and Osun States.”

Tinubu stated: “A gallant lawyer and one of the finest of the legal profession.

“I beckoned on him to contest for the governorship position of Ondo State in 2012.

“Even though he didn’t make it in first attempt his enthusiasm and determination to serve his people never diminished.

“He eventually made it to the Alagbaka Government House in his second attempt in the 2016 election.”
Since he was sworn-in in February 2017, he had served the people with devotion, said the President.

Tinubu also noted: “Rotimi has played his role well and left us untimely. We will never see his likes again.

“Let me tell the people of Ondo State that I am grieving with you. We will honour Rotimi’s memory and make sure his legacy of service is never forgotten.

“In my grief and sadness, I have telephoned his wife, Betty, and Acting Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa to commiserate with them and urged them to take heart over this national tragedy.”

The Nigerian President added: “Governor Akeredolu was not just a friend, ally and associate, he was a brother and soulmate.

“His death is a blow to our governing APC and the progressive family as we are diminished by it.

“I hope that his successor Aiyedatiwa will hold steadfast to the vision of governance left by this towering political leader.”

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