Southwest Governors Visit Ailing Colleague, Rotimi Akeredolu, in Ibadan
On Tuesday, the four Southwest governors visited their ailing colleague, Rotimi Akeredolu, at his private residence in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The governors are Babajide Sanwo-olu (Lagos), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Biodun Oyebanji (Ekiti), and Seyi Makinde (Oyo).
The governors first held a brief private meeting at the Oyo state governor’s office and later drove out to visit Akeredolu at his private residence.
Akeredolu has been in Ibadan since returning from his medical trip to Germany. He has been recuperating in the city since then.
Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, was however not seen in the video of the governors’ visit.
Aiyedatiwa Denies Sponsoring Protest Against Akeredolu
The embattled Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has denied being behind a planned protest against Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
A group of youths in the state under the aegis of Ondo Youth and Masses Conscience, had on Monday, raised alarm over a plan by those loyal to Aiyedatiwa to protest against Akeredolu’s absence in the state.
The State Coordinator of the youth group, Adetunji Benjamin, alleged that the plan was aimed at portraying Akeredolu as incapacitated, hidden away from public view by his family and associates.
But in a statement, he personally signed in Akure on Monday, the Deputy Governor disowned the alleged protesters, saying that he was not behind the planned protest.
Aiyedatiwa also stated that he was not aware of any such protest and that no group nor association has his endorsement to carry out public demonstrations of any kind.
The embattled deputy governor therefore asked the security operatives in the state to continue to maintain peace and ensure that the good people of the state.
The visit by the Southwest governors to Akeredolu is a sign of solidarity and support for their ailing colleague. Aiyedatiwa’s denial of sponsoring a protest against Akeredolu is also significant, as it suggests that there is no rift between the governor and his deputy.