Aiyedatiwa takes over as Governor
By Adedotun Ajayi
In a solemn and heartfelt moment, Mr Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa was yesterday sworn in as the substantive Governor of Ondo State following the untimely passing of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
He was sworn in by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Olusegun Odusola.
Expressing deep condolence during the ceremony, Governor Aiyedatiwa expressed commitment to uphold his predecessor’s legacy.
Aiyedatiwa said “with a heavy heart, and profound shock, l extend my heartfelt condolence to Governor Akeredolu’s family, the people of Owo, and the entire state.”
Reflecting on his long-standing relationship with the late governor, Aiyedatiwa reminiscence about their shared journey in politics and governance, emphasizing Akeredolu’s unwavering commitment to truth and conviction, even during challenging times.
The governor commended Akeredolu’s legacy, notably the establishment of the ‘Amotekun Corps,’ a security initiative that significantly enhanced the region’s safety, and reducing criminal activities.
Aiyedatiwa also lauded Akeredolu’s contributions in various sectors, including health, infrastructure, education, and industrial development.
Governor Aiyedatiwa acknowledged the historic nature of the transition of power in Ondo State and emphasized the responsibility to continue and complete the late governor’s ongoing projects.
He assured the people of the State that his administration would prioritize their welfare in every decision made.
Expressing gratitude to President Bola Tinubu, the APC National Chairman, party leaders, and the state’s elders for their support, he urged the people of the State to continue their prayers for good governance.
He promised to continue the late Governor Akeredolu’s legacy of good governance and development, as the state mourns the loss of a visionary leader.
Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa was born on January 12, 1965. He was a businessman and politician.
He previously served as deputy governor of Ondo State from 2021 to 2023 under Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
He was a Commissioner of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).