In a somewhat dramatic turn of events, one of the daughters of the late Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, reportedly caused a mild stir on Wednesday when journalists arrived at her father’s residence in Ibadan to cover condolence visits by notable figures.
Ololade Akeredolu allegedly ordered journalists to leave the private residence, expressing discomfort with their presence. The journalists were attempting to cover the visit of the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, and his Oyo State counterpart, Seyi Makinde.
Governor Akeredolu passed away on Wednesday morning after a prolonged battle with leukemia. The incident occurred as Governors Abdulrazaq and Makinde arrived at the late governor’s residence to offer their condolences. Ololade reportedly insisted that it was a private residence, not a Government House.
The tense situation was eventually diffused by the intervention of some colleagues, calming the reporters who were displeased with the negative response. The two governors later emerged from the visit, expressing their condolences to the family.
Governor Abdulrazaq praised the late governor for his dedication and significant contributions to society, while Governor Makinde mourned the loss of a dear friend and fearless leader who never hesitated to speak the truth.
The passing of Governor Akeredolu is not only a personal loss for Governor Makinde but also a significant loss for the entire southwest region.
The late governor was commended for his impact on humanity and developmental politics. The condolence visit highlighted the profound influence Akeredolu had on his career and political journey.
While expressing deep sorrow over the loss, Governor Makinde described Akeredolu as a courageous individual who never minced words and always spoke truth to power. The late governor’s legacy as a fearless leader and his impact on the southwest region were emphasized during the condolence visit.