Acting Governor of Ondo State, Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa has been sworn in as the new governor of the State, following the demise of Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu in the early hours of Wednesday.
The state Chief Judge, Justice Olusegun Odusola, with senior government officials and politicians in attendance swore in Aiyedatiwa at the Government House, Alagbaka, Akure, the state capital.
Aiyedatiwa who was sworn in, was the Deputy Governor until Wednesday, December 13 when power was formally transferred to him after Akeredolu went on another medical vacation.
On the reason for his demise, Akeredolu passed on after battling with cancer.
After his death, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs Bamidele Ademola-Olateju announced: “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.”
The newly sworn in governor, Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, who served as deputy governor of Ondo State from 2021 to 2023 under Akeredolu is a businessman and politician
Aiyedatiwa was born on January 12, 1965 and was previously a one-time commissioner in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).