By Adekola Afolabi
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has received on condolence visit, the Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and his Oyo State counterpart, Seyi Makinde over the death of his mother, Lady Evangelist Mrs Grace Akeredolu.
The Governors visited Akeredolu at the Kopindogba house of the late Lady Evangelist Grace Bosede Akeredolu (JP) in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
Following his mother’s demise, Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, left for Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, where he is currently receiving visitors.
Governor Akeredolu, who is the first child of the deceased, was received by his siblings and close friends.
Also on the condolence visit were: Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Bayo Lawal; former deputy Governor of the State, Iyiola Oladokun; vicar of the All Saints Church, Jericho, Very Rev. Kalu Ndukwe; wife of former Governor of Oyo State, Bukola Ladoja; former President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Oyo State, Justice Aderonke Aderemi; former President of Customary Court of Appeal, Osun State, Justice Wasiu Akanbi; former deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof Modupe Adelabu; PDP governorship candidate for Lagos State, Olajide Adediran, members of the Christian family, professional colleagues, friends and associates, among other dignitaries.
In the same way, the Ondo State leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, led by the Chairman, Ade Adetimehin paid a condolence visit to the Governor.
Governor Akeredolu said his mother was very close to them since they lost their father over forty years ago.
“Undoubtedly, Maami was someone that was close to us. We lost our father over forty years ago. At the time of his death, I was the only graduate. And we are seven in number. And this woman was able to carry all of us through. Today, we have Professor, Judge, Doctor and all of us are graduates.
“She is a woman who had paid her price. And we owe her a duty. Coincidentally, I was here on Sunday, I spent some time with her before going to Bishop Francis Wale Oke programme where we had dinner. I never knew that would be the last time”, the Governor said.
Governor Akeredolu thanked his friends and family for their encouragement through their visits, calls and messages.
While noting that the deceased was a great mother, Arakunrin Akeredolu disclosed that she was particular about comfort for her children.
“My mum, Grace Bosede, was a great woman and mother to all of us. I always say it. I have never paid rent in my life. I lived in her house behind here till I moved to my personal house. Same for my brothers. I owe her everything in my life. She was particular about comfort for all of us. She is a woman that we loved so much. We will miss her,” he added.
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, who spoke on behalf of the Governors, commiserated with Governor Akeredolu and the family.
Governor Makinde prayed that God will give Arakunrin Akeredolu and the entire family the strength and fortitude to bear the loss.
The vicar of All Saint Church, Jericho, Very Rev. Kalu Ndukwe who prayed for the Governor and his family, said the late Lady Akeredolu was a great choir who lived a fulfilled life and was committed to the work of God.
Similarly, the Archbishop of Ibadan Diocese, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. (Dr.) Joseph Akinfenwa, paid a glowing tribute to late Grace Akeredolu, saying Mama lived a graceful and fulfilled life, and left a legacy of an impactful christian life.
He added that, of a truth, she came, she saw and conquered.
The Archbishop is among the early callers to the Ibadan residence of late Grace Akeredolu to sign Condolence Register. He was represented by Ven. Olusegun Faleye.
His condolence message reads; “We thank God for the life of Mama Grace Akeredolu for a graceful and fulfilled life and for the legacy of an impactful Christian life. Of a truth, she came, she saw and conquered. The Most Rev. Dr. J. O Akinfenwa sincerely commiserates with the entire Akeredolu Dynasty. May Mama’s soul continue to rest in perfect peace. Amen. Goodnight Mama”.