In a solemn meeting held in Ibadan, South-West governors pledged to establish a joint committee to oversee the dignified burial of the late Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu. Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, speaking on behalf of the governors during a condolence visit to the Akeredolu family, hailed the late governor’s courage and announced a collaborative effort to ensure a befitting farewell.
Governor Abiodun expressed the shock and disbelief still gripping the South-West states, emphasizing Akeredolu’s role as the Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum and the Southern Governors’ Forum. He hailed Akeredolu as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and a successful two-term governor, emphasizing the challenges of filling the void left by the departed leader.
He recounted Akeredolu’s advocacy for a southern presidency, noting his leadership in championing the cause within the Southern Governors’ Forum. Abiodun declared, “The vacuum he left will be tough to fill by everyone.”
Governor Biodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State declared a three-day mourning period, with flags at public buildings flown at half-mast in honor of the late Akeredolu. Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State joined his colleagues in extending condolences to the Akeredolu family in Ibadan, emphasizing the indelible mark left by the late governor.
Bello praised Akeredolu’s contributions to the governors’ forum and Nigeria’s democratic institutions, acknowledging him as a statesman whose wisdom enriched leadership. He expressed deep sympathies to the bereaved family and called for cherishing the enduring legacy of the departed leader.
Niyi Adebayo, the immediate past Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, also paid tribute to Akeredolu, describing him as a nationalist committed to the welfare of the downtrodden. Adebayo highlighted Akeredolu’s influence in ensuring a shift of power to the southern part of the country in the last general elections, underscoring the late governor’s significance within the progressive family.