Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has returned to Nigeria after a three-month medical leave in Germany. Akeredolu had traveled to Germany for medical treatment after falling ill.
According to reliable government sources, he arrived at his residence in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Thursday. It is reported that members of the state Executive Council and senior party leaders have been directed to meet with him at his Ibadan residence on Friday.
During this meeting, Governor Akeredolu is expected to receive briefings from his cabinet members, led by the acting governor, Lucky Ayedatiwa. He is expected to stay in Ibadan for several weeks before resuming full work duties.
The governor initially began his medical leave in June, and it was subsequently extended based on medical advice, which was approved by the state House of Assembly. A picture of the governor inside the airplane he boarded on his return surfaced online.
In addition, the First Lady, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, announced on her Facebook page that they were “Homebound.”
A top government source confirmed to Vanguard newspaper that the governor had indeed returned to the country and would meet with his Executive Council members on Friday in Ibadan. The source also stated that the governor would write to the state House of Assembly before resuming his official duties.
In another development, Governor Akeredolu congratulated President Bola Tinubu on the verdict of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT), which upheld his victory in the February 25 Presidential Election. He also extended his congratulations to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the victory.
Akeredolu described the PEPT judgment as a validation of the people’s mandate and the renewed hope agenda of President Tinubu’s administration. He emphasized the importance of democratic values and the need to embrace post-election litigations as part of the democratic process.
The governor called on all political parties and candidates to accept the Tribunal’s verdict in good faith and urged unity and cooperation in developing the country. He stressed the importance of prioritizing the nation’s interest over personal victories and cautioned against divisive politics and comments that could harm national unity.