By Ayodele Oni, Akure
Akure, the Ondo state capital, was yesterday locked down for several hours as Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, returned to the state after five weeks of absence.
Akeredolu’s absence had elicited speculations of various slants even as the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) urged the State House of Assembly to ‘act’, saying the governor had abandoned the state as a result of alleged health challenges.
The fears around the governor’s health were, however, allayed by the State Commissioner for Information, Donald Ojogo, on the heels of the PDP’s call for probe.
However, news of his return filtered into town as at Wednesday when preparations were made by the state officials to welcome the governor.
Governor Akeredolu, who arrived the Akure Airport at exactly 5.24 PM, was welcomed by members of the State Exectuive Council led by the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, and a crowd of party supporters led by the state chairman of the APC, Ade Adetimehin.
The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon David Oloyelogun, equally led his colleagues to receive the governor who was accompanied on the trip from Abuja by two members of the House of Representatives from the State, Timehin Adelegbe and Mayowa Akinfolarin, the State Head of Service, Dare Aragbaye, and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Intergovernmental Matters, Mrs. Bunmi Ademosu.
Speaking with correspondents who accosted him at the tarmac of the airport, Governor Akeredoku gave an indication that he indeed sought medical attention but not as overblown by the opposition.
”Yes, I needed to seek medical attention. It was nothing so serious as overblown because it is routine. But on my return, I needed to take some time off based on advice. It wasn’t as serious as people blew it.
”But basically, my stay back in Abuja was indeed not a serious period to even rest because I had to attend to a lot of issues that will move the State forward.
”I received in audience a World class Medical Foundation, Medicus International, from Germany as I presided over the signing of the MoU for them to build a World class Medical city in Akure.
”You are aware that I attended the Governors Forum meeting as well as the National Economic Council meeting and several others.
”Of a particular note was the meeting I held with the World Bank that will bring in a capital of about $19 million for the development of the state.
”As you can see, I’m back fresher and stronger to continue the work the good people of the state mandated me to do.”