Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has commiserated with ex-governor of his state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, over his mum’s death.
Reports have it that Alhaja Mimiko died in the early hours on Saturday in her hometown, Ondo at the age of 88.
In a recent statement released by Mr Donald Ojogo, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, on Saturday in Akure, Akeredolu described her death as a personal loss.
Her words, “With a deep sense of loss, Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, on behalf of the government and the good people of Ondo State, shares this moment of loss with his school mate, a friend of decades and immediate predecessor in office. Mr. Governor considers mama’s exit a personal loss.
“Undoubtedly, her exit has created an irreplaceable vacuum in the family and her immediate environment. “Nonetheless, our collective sense of fulfillment lies in the comfort of mama’s hard work, high moral standards, discipline as well as prayers for her children.
“The government of Ondo State is particularly enthralled by the exploits of one of her sons, Olusegun, the former governor, whose shrewd intervention in the critical health sector is now a reference point.
“While appreciating God’s benevolence and grace of age on mama, our prayers are with the children and the entire family during this period of grief and personal loss of their beloved mother.”
R.I.P to his mum.
Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN, or Rotimi Akeredolu, (born 21 July 1956) is a Nigerian politician and lawyer who is also the Governor of Ondo State, Nigeria and also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) who became president of the Nigerian Bar Association in 2008. Akeredolu was also a Managing Partner at the Law Firm of Olujinmi & Akeredolu, a Law Firm he co-founded with Chief Akin Olujinmi, a former Attorney General and Minister for Justice in Nigeria.
Akeredolu was born on 21 July 1956 in Owo to Reverend J. Ola Akeredolu of the Akeredolu family and Lady Evangelist Grace B. Akeredolu of Aderoyiju family of Igbotu, Ese Odo, in Ondo State. Akeredolu started his primary education at Government School, Owo. He proceeded to Aquinas College, Akure, Loyola College, Ibadan and Comprehensive High School, Ayetoro, for his secondary school education and Higher School Certificate, respectively. His middle name “Odunayo” means “Year of happiness” in Yoruba. He went on to the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) to study Law, graduating in 1977. He was called to the Nigerian Bar 1978.
Akeredolu was appointed Attorney General of Ondo State from 1997–1999. In 1998 he became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. He was Chairman of the Legal Aid Council (2005–2006). In November 2009 he faced allegations of corruption when the Bar Association’s Third Vice-President, Welfare Secretary and Assistant Financial Secretary circulated a petition entitled “Complaints against your fraudulent manifestations, violation of the NBA”. Subsequently, the allegations against him were reviewed and dropped by the National Executive council of the Nigerian Bar Association.
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