JUST IN: Lucky Aiyedatiwa sworn in as substantive governor of Ondo State

Ondo State’s substantive governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has been sworn in.

He took the oath of office at his inauguration on Wednesday at the Ondo State House in Akure.

Following the death of Rotimi Akeredolu earlier today, Aiyedatiwa, who had been serving as the state’s acting governor, is now the formal governor.

Akeredolu, 67, was in and out of hospitals around the world before passing away on December 27, 2023.


He’s taken two different medical leave of absences, the first on April 3, 2023, and the second on July 10, 2023.On September 7, he returned to the nation and immediately notified the state House of Assembly.

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Aiyedatiwa was the deputy governor until Wednesday, December 13 when power was formally transferred to him after Akeredolu went on another medical vacation. 

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Nature of Akeredolu’s Death  


While it was earlier reported that the ex-governor died of Leukemia in Lagos state, a statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs Bamidele Ademola-Olateju clarified that Akeredolu died in Germany of prostate cancer.  

The statement reads,  

  • “With a heavy heart, the Ondo State Government announces the passing of our beloved Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, CON 
  • “Mr. Governor peacefully departed from this world in the early hours of today, Wednesday, December 27, 2023. This tragedy has left behind a profound void in our hearts. 
  • “Governor Akeredolu answered the eternal call while receiving medical treatment in Germany. He succumbed to complications arising from protracted prostate cancer.”
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