Ondo poll: Akeredolu already picked me as his successor – Gov Aiyedatiwa

Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo state revealed on Thursday that he and his late principal, Rotimi Akeredolu, were greatest friends to the end of their lives.

Aiyedatiwa, who characterized his late employer as a tenacious democratic and defender of the truth, said he would have liked to see his late boss alive and see him become governor of the state.

He stated that Akeredolu would have been proud of him as a worthy successor, claiming that his late principal openly supported him as his successor numerous times.

The governor stated that it was late Akeredolu’s wish that he (Aiyedatiwa) become the next governor and swore not to let him down.

Speaking to journalists and media executives in Akure, the state capital, Aiyedatiwa promised to build on the late governor’s legacies.

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According to him, Akeredolu will never be forgotten since his legacies and influences were visible and felt across the state and the country.

He said, “I’m so proud and I feel honoured to have passed through your tutelage. I am proud to say I am a part of Akeredolu legacies. It has been his wish that I succeed him.

“He said it on our first day of inauguration. He said it severally during our Exco meetings and repeatedly in so many other fora severally.

“I would have preferred he stayed back and watch me govern the state. I know he will be proud of me and I will not disappoint him.

“I trained under Akeredolu. He was a man who always says his mind on national issues.

“He says his thoughts not minding his pursuit. When he speaks, the nation will be at attention. We imbibe his qualities on governance.”

Aiyedatiwa said the truth about the recent political imbroglio would soon be made public, but maintained he and late Akeredolu were best of friends till the end.

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