Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has been hospitalized in Germany, that’s according to Sahara Reporters.
In a news report on Thursday, Sahara Reporters had alleged that Governor Akeredolu’s failure to notify the people of the State about his whereabout, since the end of the APC convention in March, was due to the fact that he was hospitalized in Germany.
But in a swift reaction on Thursday, Akeredolu in a statement through his Chief Press Secretary, Olabode Richard Olatunde debunked Sahara Reporters’ claim, describing it as wicked and misleading.
“The news item published on Sahara reporters which alleged that the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, is being hospitalized in Germany, is wicked and misleading.
“Although, giving Sahara Reporters’ antecedent and stock in trade, we are not amazed at this fabricated and outright falsehood which is being spread by cronies of some disgruntled politicians in their renewed efforts at plastering battered political misadventures.
“For the records, Governor Akeredolu, alongside other colleagues, left Nigeria for Dubai to attend the largest Annual Investment Meeting in the United Emirates between March 28 and March 31st, 2022.”
The CPS further disclosed that Governor Akeredolu had earlier on 23rd March, 2022, sent a letter to the State House of Assembly informing the Legislative Arm that he would be away for 14 working days as the first part of his 2022 Annual Leave.
Olatunde added that Governor Akeredolu transferred power to the deputy Governor, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa to perform the functions of his office while he is away.
“It is, therefore, glaringly insidious for anyone to claim that a man who was with his brother Governors in Dubai till March 31st, which is exactly one week today, is being hospitalized in Germany. What exposes this shameful falsehood is the fact that SaharaReporters claimed the Governor was flown out of the country to Germany when in fact, he left for Dubai.
“Ordinarily, we would not have responded to this blatant lies, but for the unsuspecting members of the public who might be hoodwinked by these lies.
“In clear terms, Governor Akeredolu is not hospitalized anywhere. These are mere wishes of failed politicians who now carry the burden of uncanny distrust and embedded treachery. We won’t even wish them their evil imaginations. Once, they have tried; and they failed woefully. No amount of borrowed falsehood to cover up their moral deficiencies will bring back their lost political glory.
“We will also advise SaharaReporters to strive at uprightness, however difficult it seems for an entrenched, unprofessionally-warped ilk in its mode.
“Journalism is about sacred truth. A Journalist cross-checks facts and presents only the truth and not fabricated stories as mindlessly portrayed by SaharaReporters in its unrepentant trajectory on the path of infamy,” the statement concluded.