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Late governor Akeredolu wished me success, says Ondo State governor Aiyedatiwa

Governor Aiyedatiwa reflects on predecessor's legacy and expresses wish for Akeredolu's presence as he assumes office

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In a poignant reflection on his political journey, Ondo State Governor, Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, revealed the profound wish of his late predecessor, former Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, for his succession. Aiyedatiwa’s ascent to power, succeeding Akeredolu following his demise, marks a pivotal moment in the state’s political landscape.

Speaking with journalists and media executives in Akure, the state capital, Governor Aiyedatiwa expressed deep reverence for Akeredolu’s enduring legacy, emphasizing the former governor’s earnest desire for his succession. Aiyedatiwa underscored the bittersweet sentiment of assuming leadership in the absence of his mentor, lamenting Akeredolu’s untimely passing.

“I am proud to say I am a part of Akeredolu’s legacies,” remarked Governor Aiyedatiwa, echoing the sentiments shared by his late predecessor. He recounted Akeredolu’s steadfast endorsement of his leadership, a sentiment reiterated during their inaugural ceremony and subsequent executive meetings.

Reflecting on Akeredolu’s leadership style, Aiyedatiwa highlighted the former governor’s fearless advocacy and unwavering commitment to national issues. He fondly recalled their close friendship and the invaluable lessons gleaned from Akeredolu’s principled approach to governance.

“I trained under Akeredolu. He was a man who always spoke his mind on national issues. He says his thoughts, not minding his pursuit. When he speaks, the nation will be at attention. We imbibe his qualities in governance,” Aiyedatiwa remarked, paying tribute to his mentor’s enduring influence.

Meanwhile, as Ondo State prepares to bid farewell to the late former governor, funeral arrangements commenced with a solemn soul crusade held at the MKO Abiola Democracy Park in Akure. Richard Olatunde, Chief Press Secretary to the late governor, articulated the collective mourning and commemoration of Akeredolu’s indelible contributions to public service.

“As we bid farewell, we acknowledge that our parting is not one of finality. Instead, we commit ourselves to preserving Akeredolu’s memory and upholding the noble deeds he accomplished throughout his life. Even in death, his influence remains steadfast, for he shall forever be our guiding light and inspirational leader,” Olatunde remarked, encapsulating the enduring legacy of Governor Akeredolu.

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