Last Moments Of Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu

Details have emerged of the last moments of Rotimi Akeredolu, Governor of Ondo State who died in Lagos by 2am this morning. 

The 67-year governor of Ondo State died of leukemia and prostate cancer, two ailments that had made him incapacitated for several months. 

His death brings to the end, the squabbles that had enveloped the state over his long absence and who should be in charge of governance in acting capacity. 

Sources said his last moments were those of excruciating pain following life support procedures after multiple organ failures. 

Though details of the location in Lagos was not available at press time, his death bed was surrounded by family members, loved ones and a few of his close aides.

A family source said he was managed in the last few days by State House doctors up to his death. Before he finally gave up by 2am Wednesday, the physicians who were joined by other specialists in lagos, had battled frantically to prolong his life.

Efforts to fly him abroad was not successful because of complications that arose in his illness. It could not be ascertained if he was bound for Germany where he was last treated, or any other country in Europe. 

The ailing governor had returned to Nigeria in September following a three-month medical leave in Germany and only recently proceeded on another one on the advise of his physicians. 

His deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa has been standing in as Acting Governor following intervention by the President,  Bola Ahmed Tinubu. 

Following his return to Nigeria in September, Akeredolu stayed in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital and tried to govern his state from there, leading to public outrage.

Akeredolu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), and former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), won his re-election as the state governor in October 2020 and was sworn in for a second term in office in February 2021.

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