The President eulogised Akeredolu, describing him as a courageous and fearless politician.

President Tinubu was accompanied by Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa, Ekiti State Governor, Abiodun Oyebanji, Ondo state Deputy Governor, Dr Olaide Adelami, Speaker House of Assembly, Olamide Oladiji, Chief of Staff to the governor, Prince Segun Omojuwa,

He condoled with the widow, Betty, her children and other members of the bereaved family  at Akeredolu’s residence and the Olowo of Owo, Oba Gbadegesin Ogunoye III in his palace.

The president, who arrived at the Akure Airport around 11:35a.m, was received by Governor Aiyedatiwa.

President got to Owo around 12:30p.m on board a chopper, accompanied by Aiyedatiwa, Ekiti State Governor Oyebanji and others.

He was received by the  Deputy Governor Adelami and other top politicians.

The widow, who led the President to Akeredolu’s burial site, said it is the wish of the family that the legacies of the former governor should be preserved.

To Mrs. Akeredolu,  the President said: “God will be with you. Your children will do well in life. May you all end well. May God be with you and uphold you.”

At the palace where chiefs and leaders of Owo community trooped out to welcome the President, he said Akeredolu will be remembered by all and sundry.

He said it was honourable to depart the world when the ovation was loudest, adding: “the space left by Akeredolu would be difficult to fill.”

President Tinubu added:  “This sentiment should inspire us to live each day with purpose, to pursue our goals with determination, and to leave behind a legacy that will be remembered fondly by those whose lives we have touched.

“He truly embodied courage and fearlessness, especially in his relentless pursuit for good governance. I can only describe him as a fearless fighter, his unwavering commitment to the welfare of his people and his courageous nature will always be remembered.”

Tinubu also praised the late Akeredolu’s passion for good governance.

Oba Ogunoye thanked the President for the visit and described the late governor as a true democrat.

The monarch also thanked Aiyedatiwa for  ensuring a befitting burial for the former Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) President.

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