Dapo Abiodun, Obaseki mourn Akeredolu, say legacy will live forever

Rotimi Akeredolu

Governors Dapo Abiodun and Godwin Obaseki of Ogun and Edo states have expressed sorrow over the death of Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

The Ondo governor died on Wednesday aged 67 following a battle with leukaemia and prostate cancer.

Abiodun and Obaseki said via social media that Akeredolu’s legacy would live forever.

“Governor Akeredolu has left an indelible imprint on Nigerian politics. From his tenure as the Nigeria Bar Association’s chairman to his role as the South West Governors Forum’s leader, he consistently championed justice and the upliftment of his fellow citizens,” Abiodun wrote.

“Renowned for his tireless dedication to improving the lives of Ondo State residents, Akeredolu spearheaded transformative initiatives that brought about positive change. Under his visionary leadership, the state experienced remarkable advancements in healthcare, infrastructure, and education. His unwavering commitment to sustainable development earned him the admiration and respect of his colleagues and the people he served.

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“As the nation mourns the loss of this remarkable leader, Rotimi Akeredolu’s memory will forever shine as a beacon of hope and inspiration for future generations. His legacy, grounded in compassion, justice, and progress, will endure, serving as a constant reminder of the transformative power of determined leadership.”

Obaseki said, “Brave and independent-minded, Akeredolu was a great man in all ramifications. From an illustrious career as a lawyer, rising to become a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and then serving as Governor of Ondo State, his intellect, hard work and diligence stood him out and was reflected in his attainments and the fervour with which he served the good people of Ondo State.

“His legacy in the legal profession is indelible as he was renowned in his field of expertise while building a reputation of being thorough, incisive and comprehensive. It won him a lot of admirers who came to recognise his genius.”

He added, “He will be remembered for his unwavering commitment to Nigeria’s development, for contributing to the emergence of modern Ondo State and for his unblemished faith in Nigeria’s unity and diversity.”