Ondo govt buckles on Akeredolu’s health after wife’s alarm

Ondo govt buckles on Akeredolu’s health after wife’s alarm


Ondo State government has has allayed fears over the health status of governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

It admitted that the Governor had some health challenges just like every other mortal, recovering speedily having received treatment.

Recall that the First Lady of Ondo State, Mrs Betty Akeredolu, had raised alarm that her husband is on a sick bed after eating a “concoction” allegedly from a female aide, Bunmi Ademosun.

In the leaked audio, Akeredolu wife, accused the Special Adviser on Multilateral and Inter-Governmental Affairs of “sneaking” to give her husband the local herb and thereafter warned the the aide to steer clear from her husband or face her wrath.

According to her, “Peradventure, if anything happens to Aketi, Lucky (Aiyedatiwa – incumbent deputy) takes over. It’s a constitutional thing but not for you to be scheming.

“I warned Aketi from day one that this woman is evil and not good. And it’s happening. She has nothing good. I’m warning her for the very last time to stay away from my husband.

“I will deal with you mercilessly. You’ll never forget in your life. You are a very terrible human being. Go away and enjoy your loot”, Betty queried.

But Richard Olatunde, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor on Tuesday in a statement, Akeredolu is not a superhuman and the immunity his office enjoyed does not extend to physical wellness or otherwise.

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The statement partly read, “Mr. Governor is not faced with any life-threatening illness that would have encouraged any alleged conspiracy in his administration.

“He, in fact, held Executive Council meeting with the Exco members till 4pm on Wednesday, 11th January, 2023 after the Security Council meeting where far-reaching decisions were taken on the escalated clashes in Ikare-Akoko.

“On January 7, 2023 Governor Akeredolu led his brother Governors in the Southwest and other party bigwigs to receive the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akure for the State Presidential Campaign Rally.

“On January 8, 2023, he was at The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Jesus House Cathedral, Region 22 Headquarters, Oke-Ijebu, Akure for the Holy Service commemorating the 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration.

“For emphasis, the Governor, who participated in rigorous campaign activities on the 7th of January, couldn’t have been bedridden as widely speculated. Moreso, last Friday, Governor Akeredolu still inaugurated a new Refrigerated Van for the use of Meat Dealers in the State. He also received the Melvin Jones Award of the Lions Club International same day.

“The Governor will continue to discharge his official duties to the good people of Ondo State in line with the REDEEMED Agenda of his administration while he finds quality time to rest for renewed vigour and strength just like any man in his situation.

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“While we appreciate the growing concerns about his wellbeing and indeed, appreciate the outpour of prayers even beyond partisan lines, we urge all persons of goodwill to ignore unfounded insinuations capable of creating any false sense of needless anxiety”, Olatunde said.

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