Nigerian politician and lawyer, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, also known as Aketi is a year older today.
Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu SAN was born on July 21,1956 in Owo to Reverend J. Ola Akeredolu and Lady Evangelist Grace B. Akeredolu. He is a Nigerian politician, lawyer and the current Governor of Ondo State, a office he resumed on February 24, 2017. He is also the Chairman of Southwest Governors Forum.
Akeredolu became the president of the Nigerian Bar Association in 2008. He was also a Managing Partner at the law firm of Olujinmi & Akeredolu, a firm he co-founded with Chief Akin Olujinmi, a former Attorney General and Minister for Justice of Nigeria.
Akeredolu had his primary education at a government school in Owo before proceeding to Aquinas College, Akure, Loyola College, Ibadan and a Comprehensive High School in Ayetoro for his secondary school education. He furthered to Unuversity of Ife (Now Obafemi Awolowo University) to study Law and graduated in 1977. He referred to the Nigerian Bar in 1978.
Akeredolu was appointed Attorney General of Ondo State from 1997 to 1999 and in 1998, he became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN. He was Chairman of the Legal Aid Council between 2005–2006).
In November 2009, the Bar Association’s third Vice-President, Welfare Secretary and Assistant Financial Secretary circulated a petition titled “Complaints against your fraudulent manifestations, violation of the NBA” against him but the allegations were later reviewed and dropped by the National Executive council of the Nigerian Bar Association.
Notably, in 2012, the Nigerian Bar Association named its new secretariat in Abuja after him. According to the president, the secretariat was named after Akeredolu because of the need for “generational identification and recognition of those who had contributed immensely to the development of the association. “
On February 4, 2022, Akeredolu was awarded as the Grand Patron of the NDLEA by the Chairman of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig-Gen. Mohammed Marwa (rtd).