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Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, is dead.

Although his death has not been officially announced, a senior official of the Ondo State Government, confirmed this to our reporters on Wednesday.

The governor commenced a medical leave for the second time in the year on the 18th of December, after an intervention of President Bola Tinubu, on the need to hand over power to his deputy.

Mr Akeredolu is reported to have suffered from the cancer of the blood, known as leukaemia, which continued to deteriorate despite intensive medical care outside the country.

The medical issue, it was gathered, was complicated by prostrate cancer.

It was reliably gathered that Mr Akeredolu died in his hospital in Germany at about 2am on Wednesday.

Sources say his health starter deteriorating shortly after the general elections, even though he had participated in the campaigns.

But his health failed completely shortly after, resulting in his being flown to Germany for treatment.

Before then, his health challenges became public when his wife, Betty Akeredolu, accused a female member of the cabinet of ferrying “concoction” to her husband as treatment instead of allowing him to receive orthodox medical treatment.

Mrs Akeredolu who trended on the social media over the issue had demanded that her husband be left alone, said the family would explore orthodox medicine and not the traditional medicine.

In September Mr Akeredolu was hurried returned to the country in September, following the political crisis which plagued his cabinet as a result of his absence.

His sudden arrival, despite his condition, ignited series of political intrigues which almost resulted in the impeachment of the deputy governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, and the polarisation of the cabinet.

Mr Akeredolu was so ill, he could not resume duties in his Alagbaka office in Akure and could not attend to any official duties despite claims by officials of the government that he was recuperating.

Although the matters were partly resolved due to the intervention of the President, the government has yet to recover from the backlashes.
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