By Nudoiba Ojen
Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, said on Friday that his return from medical trip abroad was answer to the prayers of many people.
Akeredolu, who said he was back as the governor of Ondo State, said, “I can assure you that our return is to the glory of God and the prayers of all of you here and those who wished us well, I thank you very much.
“God has done what the majority of our people wanted. Majority of our people here knelt down and prayed for our return, and we have returned. As of today, I’m back as Governor of Ondo State. We thank God that I am alive and here. It’s your prayers that have kept us here. The office of the Governor has resumed full work,” he said.
Akeredolu spoke in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, at a stakeholders’ meeting where he handed over his resumption letter to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Oladiji Olamide and provided a copy for the Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.
Stakeholders at the meeting included Aiyedatiwa and members of the State Executive Council; Olamide and members of the House of Assembly; National Assembly members led by Senator Jide Ipinsagba; and All Progressives Congress (APC) State Working Committee members led by the Chairman, Engr. Ade Adetimehin.
Other were youth groups led by the Ondo APC Youth Leader, Comrade Olawande Ayo Wisdom; former local government chairmen led by Hon. Augustine Oloruntogbe; and members of Foundation of Wives of Ondo State Officials (FOWOSO).
Akeredolu said, “I came back yesterday (Thursday), and as you know, it was a long journey. I decided that I must meet with you today. God has answered our prayers, and we give Him all the glory.”
“Because we had to land here in Ibadan first, I said I have to meet with House of Assembly members here. We are here and we are back. I am back and by the grace of God, I will be alive to complete my full tenure in office.
“I want to tell you that I am back, and I will resume work immediately. This is my letter of resumption.”
He thanked the Executive Council members for their prayers and the good work they had carried out while he was away on medical vacation.
Akeredolu also thanked the people of Ondo State for their ceaseless prayers and support during his recovery process.
He assured the people of his administration’s unwavering commitment to the progress and development of the state.
The speaker, who spoke on behalf of the lawmakers, expressed gratitude for the governor’s safe return to the country, describing it as prayer answered.