The newly-inaugurated Ondo State governor, Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, has appointed five aides hours after taking the oath of office. Aiyedatiwa assumed the number one seat following the death of Rotimi Akeredolu.
The new appointees were Ebenezer Adeniyan as Chief Press Secretary CPS, who takes over from former CPS Richard Olatunde, who resigned earlier. Ebenezer Adeniyan was, until his new appointment, Publisher of Trace News magazine.
Others were Abire Sunday, Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media; Smart Omodunbi, Special Assistant on Political Matters; Monturayo Oyedele, Special Assistant on Photography; and Temitayo Iperepolu, Special Assistant on Domestic and Government House.
The first set of appointments made public Tuesday evening by the Deputy Chief of Staff to the governor, Omonuwa Olusegun, takes immediate effect.
Meanwhile, the son of late Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Oluwarotimi Jnr, disclosed on Wednesday evening that his father, who had been battling protracted prostate cancer, died in his sleep in a German hospital.
Oluwarotimi, in a statement issued on behalf of the family and made available to The Guardian, stated that details regarding the burial arrangements will soon be announced by the family and the state government.
He said: “With deepest regret and profound acceptance of the will of the Almighty, we announce the passing of our beloved, courageous, and compassionate father and grandfather, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, CON.
“He peacefully departed in his sleep at a hospital in Germany, where he was undergoing treatment for protracted prostate cancer.
“While we are deeply saddened and devastated by his departure, we find solace in the understanding that as he transitions to eternity, he will be guided by the benevolent hands of the angels of light, with whom he resided during his remarkable and fruitful journey on Earth.
“During this challenging time, we sincerely appreciate everyone who has stood by us and extended their support since the news broke. We humbly request your prayers and support, while also asking for privacy as we navigate through this trying period.”