Senator representing Ondo State, Dr. Jimoh Ibrahim, has advised Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu not to be in a hurry to return to the country from his medical leave.
Speaking with the governor on telephone on Saturday, Ibrahim asked the governor to cancel the date of his return ticket and take sufficient rest before returning to Nigeria to resume duty.
The federal lawmaker noted that it’s constitutional for the governor to transmit power to his deputy while away and return to office whenever he’s back.
Ibrahim alluded to when former President Muhammadu Buhari was away for close to six months when on medical leave.
The billionaire business mogul, therefore, advised Governor Akeredolu to take his time to recuperate.
He said: “Your Excellency, Arakunrin, it is important for you to cancel the date of your return ticket and have a sufficient holiday.
“You need to rest very well so that you will be adequately fit when you return to duty.
“You’re not a machine Arakunrin, so you need ample time to rest very well having been serving the state round the clock for the past seven years.
“The governmenti of Ondo State will continue to run pending the time you will return. So, there’s no need for you to be in a hurry to return.
“It is constitutional for you, as a governor, to transmit power to your deputy. When you’re back, you will inform the Assembly and return to office.
“Arakunrin, there’s a precedent in this regard. President Muhammadu Buhari was away for six month while on medical leave and later returned to office.
“We know you are going to return safe to our state. Thank God you’re now okay. But you need to rest very well.”
However, Senator Ibrahim called on the people of the state to continue to pray for the governor.
He described Governor Akeredolu as the best governor the state has ever produced.
“I want to implore the people of Ondo State to continue to pray for our governor for his safe return.
“Arakunrin is the best governor Ondo State has ever produced since it’s creation,” Senator Ibrahim said.