Oluwarotimi is a unique politician and lawyer whose uniqueness has brought a lot of development to Nigeria. He has an illustrious ancestry and cosmopolitan upbringing.The pedigree of Akeredolu tells a riveting story of a rebel with a cause. He donated his lifestyle to mentorship and social service.
Oluwarotimi is a dogged fighter, indefatigable, tenacious advocate, diligent solicitor and one who is unyielding and unbending in any cause he believes in, He is a gentleman in the finest and truest sense.
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OluwaRotimi Akeredolu Biography
Oluwarotimi Odunayo was born on 21st of July, 1956 in Owo to Reverend J. Ola Akeredolu of the Akeredolu family and Lady Evangelist Grace B. Akeredolu of Aderoyiju family of Igbotu, Ese Odo, in Ondo State.
He is a Nigerian politician and lawyer who is also governor of Ondo State, in Nigeria and also Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who became president of the Nigeria Bar Association. In 2008 Akeredolu was also Managing Partner at the law firm of Olujinmi and Akeredolu, a law firm that he founded with Chief Akin Olujinmi, former prosecutor general and justice minister of Nigeria. He is the current president of Ondo State under the platform of APC party.
Akeredolu started his primary education at Government School, Owo. He proceeded to Aquinas College, Akure, Loyola College, Ibadan and Comprehensive High School, Ayetoro, for his secondary school education and higher school certificate. He went on to the Obafemi Awolowo University to study Law, graduated in 1977.He was called to the Nigerian Bar 1978
In 2014, when the All Progressive Congress, APC was formed he became the first State Chairman (interim) and foremost mentor to the party in Ondo State. He together with other illustrious leaders led the party to a victorious Presidential Election in 2015. And by 2016 in a free and fair election of the party in Ondo State, he was elected as the Governorship candidate for the 2016 Governorship Election.
On November 26th, 2016 when eventually held, OluwaRotimi Akeredolu SAN won unarguably. It was one of those spectacular and particular victories in Nigerian History which was so satisfying that it could not be challenged at the Election Petitions Tribunal set up for angry contestants. He was sworn in as Governor on Friday, February the 24th, 2017.
He is known as a lawyer with exceptional skills. In 1997, he was appointed as Attorney Generjñal and Commissioner for Justice in Ondo State.
In 1998, and as a mark of recognition of his industry, erudition, service and brilliance, he was conferred with the title of Senior Advance of Nigeria, (SAN), and the highest Honour in legal profession in Nigeria.
Oluwarotimi became the President of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) unopposed in 2008-2010.
As a practicing minister in the Temple of Justice, he served his professional body, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in various capacities both at the Branch and National level such as Secretary, NBA, Ibadan branch 1985-1986, member, national executive Council of NBA from 1985 till date, National Publicity Secretary NBA 1988-1989. Chairman, Legal Aid Council of Nigeria 2005-2006, Vice Chairman, NBA Ibadan Branch 1992-1994, Member, Council of legal Education1997-1999, Life Member, Body of Benchers, Chairman, Legal Aid Council 2005-2006, National President NBA 2008-2010, Member, Council of legal Education 2008-2010, member of council, international Bar Association 2008-2010, Member of Council, Pan African Lawyers Union 2008-2010, member, National Judicial Council, 2010-2012.
He is married to Mrs Betty Anyawu Akeredolu and blessed with four children and three grandchildren
Awards and recognitions
• Vice President, Students’ Union, University Of Ife, for the 1975-1976.
• Prestigious title of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 1998.
• OAU Alumni Association Merit Award, 1995,
• NBA Award of recognition on the conferment of the SAN title in 1998.
• Loyola College Old boys’ Association Merit Award, 1995.
• Sports Writers Association Merit Award as the Legal Adviser, 1995.
• Sports Writers Association Merit Award as the Patron, 1998.
• Qatari Bar Association Award.
• Patron of sport writers Association of Nigeria, Oyo state branch.
• He was a member, Oyo State Football association, 1992-1994
• Associate Member, Nigerian Red Cross society, Oyo State Branch.
• He also accepted and became the Patron, The Nigerian law society, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos,
• Patron, Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria(BRECAN)
• Patron The law society, Faculty of Law, Adekunle Ajasin University, akure
His hobbies are lawn tennis, reading and singing.
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