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February 22, 2024

Akeredolu’s era unforgettable, says Aiyedatiwa 

Akeredolu’s era unforgettable, says Aiyedatiwa 

By Dayo Johnson, Akure 

Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo State has described the years of the late former Governor Rotimi Akeredolu as unforgettable.

The mainstream political campaign group for Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa Campaign Organisation Foot Soldiers (LACO-FS) said this in a statement issued in Akure, the state capital.

LACO-FS said this in a statement issued by its State Director of Information,  Mr Kayode Fasua, even as the rite of passage for the departed former governor ends with burial in his Owo country home on Saturday.

It specifically described Akeredolu’s legacies as governor of Ondo State as inspiring and that his successor, governor Aiyedatiwa, had started building on them.

“Much as we miss our dear former governor fondly called Aketi, who had been called home by his creator, we are consoled by the fact that the Almighty gave him the opportunity to benefit humanity with his vast talents spanning law, public administration, and ennobling social engagement. 

“As Governor of Ondo State for almost seven years, Aketi brought massive transformation to our communities, especially through road infrastructure, which earned him the appellation of ‘Mr. Road’ from grateful road users, especially the rural dwellers.

“Besides, Aketi ensured that development programmes were evenly distributed among communities, cutting across all the 18 local government areas of Ondo State, leaving no one to complain of marginalisation or neglect,” the group applauded. 

The LACO-FS also recalled that when the malaise of nomadic herdsmen attack, kidnapping, and other criminal activities sapped the Southwest region of Nigeria during the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, it was Akeredolu “that stood in the gap.”

“Swiftly, our amiable Governor Akeredolu evolved the arm-bearing Amotekun Southwest Security Corps, tasked to safeguard the communities, and this was happily embraced by his fellow governors in the region.

“We can’t forget all these and many other achievements of Aketi in a hurry, and we enjoin his family members, friends, and other-well wishers to be consoled by his intimidating profile in the legal profession, politics, and even social life, having also featured in Kegite Club, an entertainment outfit of elite undergraduates and graduates.

Meanwhile, the LACO-FS has assured that Governor Aiyedatiwa is irrevocably committed to building on the legacies of his late former boss, Aketi, having mobilised all government contractors and ensured regular monitoring that their jobs are well executed and to time.

It also said that “Aiyedatiwa, within a few months of assuming office, had cleared all salaries owed public workers and also recently released N1.2 billion to offset arrears of pensions and gratuities to retirees.