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‘We’ve lost a voice of conscience’ — Fayemi, Tunji-Ojo pay tribute to Akeredolu

late Rotimi Akeredolu, former governor of the state late Rotimi Akeredolu, former governor of the state

Kayode Fayemi, a former governor of Ekiti, has expressed grief over the passing of Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor of Ondo state.

Akeredolu died on Wednesday morning at the age of 67.

In a statement on Wednesday signed by Ahmad Sajoh, his spokesperson, Fayemi described the late Akeredolu as a true friend and brother.

He said the deceased governor was a nationalist and statesman whose death was a “great loss to the country and especially the people of Ondo state”.

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‘’As a lawyer, NBA President, and Governor, he was an unwavering champion of the oppressed and a defender of the common man,” the statement reads.

‘’He was deeply devoted to the ideals of equity and fairness, which motivated his outspokenness in national affairs. Although frank and courageous in expressing his views, his opinions were always grounded in the pursuit of truth, justice, good governance, and national unity.

‘’He was an outstanding governor who implemented wide-ranging infrastructural and socio-economic programs that have transformed the development of Ondo State. He has undoubtedly left indelible footprints on the sands of time as far as the state is concerned.

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‘’His passing grieves me deeply but I draw consolation from the fact that his was a memorable life in the service of his people. My wife and I convey our heartfelt condolences to his family, the people of Ondo State, and indeed all Nigerians on the loss of this great man.”

Also, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, minister of interior, has paid tribute to the late Akeredolu.

In a statement on Wednesday signed by Alao Babatunde, his spokesperson, Tunji-Ojo described the death of Akeredolu as a colossal loss to the state and nation at large.

The minister said the deceased governor was a true exemplar of astute leadership, adding that he embodied the essence of a genuine leader.

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“Today, we bid farewell to an extraordinary individual, a beacon of courage, admired for his unwavering patriotism and selflessness,” the statement reads.

“I mourn the loss of a voice of conscience, a man who stood steadfastly in defence of his people and nation, even in the face of overwhelming challenges.

“While his departure brings immense sorrow, we find comfort in the indelible legacies he has left behind as a noble gentleman and a dedicated statesman. May God grant him eternal peace and provide solace to his family during this difficult time.”

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