The town of Owo, Ondo State, was awash with the presence of signatories for the funeral rites of former Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, who passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, at the age of 67.

The death of the political figure though accompanied with heartbreak, also reaffirmed the political relevance and impact that Akeredolu had in the Nigerian political space.

Shettima, Abiodun, Sanwo-Olu Storm Owo To Pay Last Respect To Late Akeredolu
Photo from Rotimi Akeredolu’s Funeral Service

Many persons have called for the former governor to be immortalised in the state as a sign of respect to his legacy.

So far, the level of persons who have turned up to pay their last respect is a testament to what Akeredolu represents in the Nigerian political sphere.


The Funeral Rites

The ceremony began at St. Andrews Church, located on Imola Street.

This marked the start of a series of events planned to honour the late governor.


Akeredolu left an indelible mark through his contributions to the development and welfare of the state during his tenure.

His death has drawn widespread attention, with many coming to pay their respects and celebrate the life of a man who dedicated himself to the service of his community.

The Last Respect

The burial activities, which kicked off on Monday, have spanned the week.

This allowed various stakeholders, including political associates, family members, and the citizens of Ondo State, ample opportunity to participate in the mourning process.


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Present at the service were prominent Nigerians including Vice President Kashim Shettima; Ondo Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa.


Also present are, the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Abdullahi Ganduje; Ogun Governor Dapo Abiodun and Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, among many others.

Meanwhile, the interment followed immediately after the funeral Service at the burial sit in Owo.


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