Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State has mourned the death of Ondo State Governor, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, describing his demise as a great loss to the country as a whole.
Akeredolu’s death occurred in the early hours of Wednesday, December 27, 2023, following a protracted battle with prostate cancer.
Reacting through a statement by his Press Secretary, Christian Aburime, Soludo said the late Akeredolu would be remembered for his commitment to good governance and his dogged fight for the rights of his people.
The statement read: “It is with deep sadness and a sore heart that Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, CFR, on behalf of the Government and people of Anambra State, grieves the untimely passing away of His Excellency, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, of Ondo State, in the early hours of Wednesday, December 27, 2023.
“The news of Governor Akeredolu’s death at the age of 67 is a personal and collective loss, not just to the people of Ondo State, but to Nigeria as a whole.
“As a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), he was a distinguished legal luminary, a fearless advocate, a passionate patriot, and a dedicated public servant who made a positive impact on the polity.
“As a governor, he left behind a legacy of remarkable achievements in Ondo State, demonstrably improving security, infrastructural development, and economic growth.
“His commitment to good governance and his dogged fight for the rights of his people earned him immense respect and admiration across the country.
“Also, Governor Akeredolu’s contributions to the Southern Governors Forum remain invaluable. He was a vocal advocate for unity, equity, and justice for all Nigerians, always leading the charge with courage and conviction.
“His wise counsel, sound judgment and commitment to the ideals of federalism will be sorely missed in the forum.
“On a personal level, Governor Soludo has lost a valued colleague, a trusted friend, and a confidante as Governor Akeredolu was a man of integrity, humour, and exceptional intellectual depth.
“He was always willing to offer support, share his wisdom, and stand up for what he believed in.
“The Anambra State government hereby extends its deepest condolences to the Akeredolu family, the Government and people of Ondo State, and the entire Nigerian nation. May God grant them the fortitude to bear this painful loss.”