Ondo holds lying-in-state ceremony for Akeredolu

By Adedotun Ajayi

Ondo State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa has said the impactful interventions spearheaded by the late Oluwarotimi
Akeredolu, utilizing the authority of the government, would forever be etched in the memory of the people of the state.

While delivering his welcome address at the Lying – In – State and Commendation Service for the Late Governor at the Ondo State Sports Complex today in Akure.

Pix: Ayodele Suberu

Governor Aiyedatiwa noted that the people of the State would not forget his Late Predecessor industrialization efforts, infrastructure projects, intervention in education, health and human capital development.

Also in attendance from the Akeredolu family are; Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, Prof. Oluwole Akeredolu, Ifeoma Akeredolu, Dr Teniola Akeredolu, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu jnr and Pastor Kola Akeredolu.

In his remarks, Governor Aiyedatiwa while reflecting on the significance of Governor Akeredolu’s legacy, said “Indeed, there can be no doubt that what we are celebrating today is the life of a true patriot that was well spent. Though solemn but resounding, we are here in deference to a life of character, a life of conscience and true service.”

Quoting the wisdom of philosophers and statesmen, Governor Aiyedatiwa emphasized the enduring impact of Governor Akeredolu’s life and leadership on human civilization, stating, “From generation to generation, the true meaning of life well spent has always been about the impacts of man’s life on human civilization.”

Recalling Governor Akeredolu’s fearless advocacy for justice, fairness, and true federalism, Governor Aiyedatiwa praised his predecessor’s unwavering commitment to the well-being of the people, stating, “He, without fear took an unusual sacrifice that many considered a suicide mission. He raised his voice high to the roof to speak truth to power.”

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Governor Aiyedatiwa also acknowledged Governor Akeredolu’s transformative interventions in governance, including industrialization efforts, infrastructure projects, and social welfare programs, affirming, “We will never forget the life changing interventions you used the power of government to bring to the people of Ondo State.”

Governor Aiyedatiwa paid homage to Governor Akeredolu’s enduring legacy and urged all present to honor his memory by continuing his legacy of selfless service and dedication to the common good.

He expressed heartfelt condolences to the Akeredolu family, the people of Ondo State, and all who mourned the loss of the esteemed leader.

Others in attendance is the Deputy governor of ondo state, Dr. Olayide Adelami, kwara state governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, Speaker house of assembly ondo state, Hon Olamide oladiji, APC chairman ondo state, Engr. Ade Adetimehin and other top government functionaries.

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