By Ogochukwu Isioma
Following the rumours of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s death, the Ondo State government on Saturday, urged the people of the state and Nigerians to ignore such a rumour, noting that the governor is very much alive.
METROWATCHXTRA.COM reports that Akeredolu has been indisposed for some time and he shuttles between Nigeria and abroad for medical treatment from an undisclosed ailment rumoured to be leukemia (blood cancer).
With the non-appearance of the governor in public for weeks, rumour of the demise of Akeredolu took over the social media space, in the last 48 hours, with the situation creating apprehension in the state.
But in a statement on Saturday, the Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Bamidele Ademola-Olateju,
described as “handiwork of mischief makers, the rumours making the rounds that Akeredolu is dead.
Ademola-Olateju, however, noted that the governor has been indisposed but has been attending to state matters and delegating functions to functionaries of the government, when necessary.
The statement partly read, “We have been inundated with calls and messages concerning the state of health of the Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, CON.
“We had chosen to ignore this wicked fabrication until it appeared that certain persons seek to draw political mileage from the disinformation.
“Though the Governor has been indisposed for sometime but he has been attending to state matters and delegating functions to functionaries of the Government, when necessary.”
The Ondo State Government, therefore, enjoined the members of the public to ignore the rumoured death of Governor Akeredolu, reiterating that ”Aketi is very much alive.”