“Ondo Assembly Extends Governor Akeredolu’s Medical Leave Indefinitely”


The Ondo State House of Assembly has granted approval for an indefinite extension of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s medical leave. The governor had previously commenced his medical leave and had initially planned to resume duties on July 7th.

The decision to extend the medical leave was made based on the doctor’s recommendation, emphasizing the importance for the governor to take sufficient rest following his recovery. Speaker Olamide Oladiji announced the extension on behalf of the Assembly.

The approval reflects the understanding of the Assembly regarding the governor’s health condition and the necessity for him to prioritize his recovery and well-being. This extension will allow Governor Akeredolu to continue his recuperation process until he is deemed fit to resume his official duties.

During the governor’s absence, the deputy governor or an acting governor, as designated by the governor, will continue to oversee the affairs of the state to ensure the smooth running of government operations.

According to Speaker Olamide Oladiji, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu followed the constitutional procedure by sending a formal letter requesting an extension of his medical leave. The decision to grant the extension was made in compliance with Section 190 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

Section 190 of the Nigerian Constitution stipulates that when the governor of a state is unable to discharge the functions of the office due to a medical reason, they must transmit a letter to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, stating the reasons for their absence and the expected duration. The State House of Assembly, upon receipt of the letter, can grant approval for the extension of the leave if deemed necessary.

In this case, Governor Akeredolu adhered to the constitutional provision by formally communicating his need for an extended medical leave to the Speaker. The State House of Assembly then considered his request and granted the extension based on the recommendation of the governor’s doctor and the understanding of the importance of his health and recovery.

This process ensures transparency and adherence to constitutional provisions in managing the temporary absence of a governor due to health reasons, ensuring that the affairs of the state continue to be properly administered during the governor’s absence.

Speaker Olamide Oladiji confirmed that Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, in his letter requesting the extension of his medical leave, indicated that his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, would continue to serve as the acting governor until he provides a written declaration stating otherwise.

The speaker expressed gratitude to God for the governor’s swift recovery and expressed optimism that Governor Akeredolu would soon be able to resume his official duties. This statement reflects the speaker’s belief in the governor’s well-being and his anticipation of his return to full health and governance.

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