The South West Governors’ Forum, comprising governors from the southwestern states, has unanimously decided to establish a collaborative joint committee. This committee aims to work in conjunction with the family of the late Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, to ensure a dignified and fitting burial for the departed leader.
On Friday, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State made this known while offering condolences at the Akeredolu family’s residence in Ibadan, Oyo State. Accompanying him were his counterparts from Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, and Ekiti, Biodun Oyebanji. Governor Seyi Makinde was represented by his Deputy, Bayo Lawal.
Governor Abiodun speaking on behalf of the Southwest Governors Forum, described the deceased as a very dependable, reliable, predictable, consistent person, who never hesitated at any point in time to say exactly how he felt on any issue no matter how controversial.
The governor acknowledged the late Akeredolu as a fearless and courageous individual who ardently advocated for and championed the cause of a southern presidency, actively contributing to its advancement and success.
“He will call a spade a spade. He played a key role in the birth or rebirth of the Southern Governors’ Forum, which he was the chairman until he passed away.
“The Southern Governors’ Forum took that position (on Southern presidency), led by him. He was a leader to all of us who gathered here today. He will be sorely missed.
“We commiserate with you. We humbly request that you consider this as a joint responsibility of all of us. We will want to be a part of whatever plans the family will be implementing towards sending him forth.
“We will like to put a committee together that will have representatives from each of our states to work alongside the Ondo State government and the family in ensuring that we give our leader, a befitting burial,” he said.
Governor Abiodun added, “We are here on behalf of our families, the entire government and people of our various south western states to commiserate with the family and people of Ondo State. Our prayer is that the Almighty God will forgive all his sins and grant the repose of his soul.
“We also pray that God will grant his wife, children, his family members, and the people of Ondo State the heart to bear this very bad, shocking and painful exit.”