The government of Ondo State has asked the populace to ignore the rumors spreading concerning the purported passing of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
It was made clear that the governor is still alive and has been attending to state business while also delegating official functions in a statement released by the commissioner for information, Bamidele Ademola-Olateju.
Rumors about the governor’s death have been circulating on social media for the past 48 hours, which has caused unease in the state.
Ademola-Olateju emphasized that the clarification was required because the rumors had heightened tension in the state and around the nation.
The commissioner added that the governor’s health had been the subject of several calls and messages to the government, which at first had decided to disregard the false information before it became clear that some people were attempting to exploit it for political purposes.
“We have received a ton of calls and texts asking about the Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, CON’s health. Until it seemed that certain individuals were attempting to use the false information for political gain, we had chosen to overlook this wicked fabrication.
“Despite being ill, the governor has continued to handle state business and, as needed, has handed over duties to other government officials.
“We want the general population to disregard the rumor. Very much alive is Aketi.