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Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, Refutes Claims of Incapacity During Medical Leave Abroad

July 11, 2023

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has responded to assertions made by Senator Abdullahi Adamu, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), stating that he is not incapacitated despite seeking medical treatment abroad.

During a meeting with APC governors, Adamu had expressed his understanding that Governor Akeredolu was hospitalized overseas, stating, “We regret to announce the extreme incapacity of the governor of Ondo state, who we understand has been hospitalized overseas. We wish and pray for him for a speedy recovery.”

In a swift response, Governor Akeredolu clarified that although he had been receiving medical treatment abroad for over a month, he was not incapacitated. Speaking through the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, Akeredolu asserted that he would resume his duties once his doctor certifies him as fully fit.

“Mr. Governor is NOT incapacitated; he will return to his duty as soon as the doctors certify him fully fit to do so. He is, evidently, not in any critical state that should warrant this clearly reprehensible conduct as he still sent a post to the Executive Council Committee platform yesterday (Tuesday),” stated Ademola-Olateju in a statement.

Earlier, on Tuesday, Akeredolu had written to the lawmakers of the State House of Assembly, requesting an extension of his medical leave and designating his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, to act on his behalf. The governor had reassured the state’s residents that he was in high spirits and trusted in the expertise of his doctors, who advised him to take further rest.

Akeredolu commenced his medical leave on June 6, 2023, with an expected return date of July 6. Concerns regarding his health have continued to circulate. The governor made a brief public appearance shortly after returning to the state from his initial 15 working days of annual leave on May 1, 2023.


Source: Daily Trust

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