By Folorunso Ojo, Akure
Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has returned to Nigeria after spending about three-months in Germany on medical vacation.
Sources revealed that the governor returned earlier on Thursday and landed in Ibadan saying “Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has returned to the country from his three months medical leave.”
The governor has been in the news over the state of his health since he embarked on a 21-day leave on June 7 and was expected to return on July 6.
But on July 15, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, Akeredolu’s deputy, took over the running of the state pending the time that “Akeredolu will resume duty after being certified fit by doctors”.
The governor’s prolonged stay in Germany has raised concerns over the state of his health.
Meanwhile, Governor Akeredolu congratulated President Bola Tinubu on the verdict of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT), which upheld his victory in the February 25 Presidential Election.
The Governor who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, described the tribunal’s judgement as a revalidation of the people’s mandate and the renewed hope agenda of President Tinubu’s administration.
“This judgement has again deepened our nation’s jurisprudence and solidified our commitment to democratic values.
“As true democrats, we must embrace the tenets of democracy which also encompass post election litigations. Our struggle for service must also fuel our reverence for democratic values. The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has dispensed Justice. Now is the time to come together and build our nation.
“The renewed hope drive of President Tinubu is anchored on assurance of a paradigm shift. The result of the February 25 Presidential poll, upheld by the Tribunal, represents the will of the majority of Nigerians who voted massively for the APC.
“Our Judiciary has again lived up to expectations. It has reaffirmed our belief that it remains the last hope of the masses. We must collectively commend the pivotal role our Judiciary has played in enriching our democracy and upholding justice.
“Notwithstanding our days in court, we urge the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar and the Labour Party Candidate, Mr Peter Obi to sheath their swords and join hands with the President to develop the country.
“The Tribunal verdict should be accepted in good faith by all lovers of democracy. Our commitment to advancing the national project must be built on national interest which prioritises the good of the people above personal victory.
“Since our collective vision is shaped by our passion for a prosperous nation, let us, therefore, embrace the will of the people and support the President in delivering on his Renewed Hope agenda,” the Governor added.