Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has returned to Nigeria after a three-month medical leave in Germany.
The Guardian gathered that Akeredolu arrived in the country via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Thursday afternoon.
The governor had travelled to Germany in June for medical treatment, leaving the affairs of the state in the hands of his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, after transferring power to him in an acting capacity when he wrote to the House of Assembly.
On April 3, Akeredolu proceeded on 15 days and on June 13 he transmitted power to Aiyedatiwa after embarking on medical leave abroad, after which he extended the medical leave indefinitely on June 10.
Confirming the arrival of the governor, his wife, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, in a terse message on her social media handles, posted a picture of her husband in private with the caption “homebound.”
Meanwhile, findings revealed that Akeredolu will be heading to Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, from Abuja before coming to Ondo State.
Also confirming the arrival of Akeredolu, a top source close to the governor stated that the governor’s inner political circle will be meeting with him on Friday in Ibadan.
The source, who craved anonymity, disclosed that the politicians had received a message to converge on Ibadan on Friday, where the governor will meet with them by 1:00 pm.
He said, “Not everyone with the government received the message. No one can even say the exact person who sent the message. It is when we get to Ibadan that we will know all those who have been invited.
“I must tell you, we’re so happy to receive Oga (Akeredolu) back. God is indeed on the throne.”
Another source revealed that the meeting will involve all members of the state executive council and House of Assembly.
The source stated that Akeredolu will arrive in Ondo State by next week.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Richard Olatunde, could not be reached to confirm the governor’s arrival and details of the meeting.
Meanwhile, during his absence, rumours regarding the governor’s health condition circulated, leading to anxiety among the residents of the state. However, the exact nature of the governor’s medical condition was not disclosed.
With the news of the arrival of Akeredolu filtering into the state, the social media space of the state has been buzzing with the belief that his comeback will have significant implications for the political landscape of the state.
As the leader of the ruling party in the state, his return is expected to rally party members and supporters, bolstering their confidence and providing a clear direction for the party’s future ahead of the 2024 governorship election.