Chief Rotimi Akeredolu and Mr. Agboola Ajayi of the All Progressives Congress have been sworn in as the governor and deputy governor of Ondo State respectively on Friday.
Akeredolu, who is a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, was elected in the November 26, 2016 governorship election in the state.
Both of them were sworn in by the Acting Chief Judge of Ondo State, Justice Temitayo Osoba, at the Akure Township Stadium, Akure, the state capital, amid tight security.
In his inaugural speech, Akeredolu said he was ready to transform the state and called on residents to join hands with him in achieving the goal.
The dignitaries at the event include Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki; Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yusuf Lasun; National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; a national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; Chief Bisi Akande, and other chieftains of the party.
Also present at the inauguration were the governors of Ekiti, Oyo, Ogun, Edo, Jigawa, Kogi, and Sokoto states, Ayodele Fayose, Abiola Ajimobi, Ibikunle Amosun, Godwin Obaseki, Muhammad Badaru, Yahaya Bello and Aminu Tambuwal, respectively. The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, was represented by his deputy, Dr. Idiat Adebule.
Some federal lawmakers, ministers and leaders of the APC in Ondo State and at the national level, were also in attendance.
At about 11.15am, the deputy governor, Ajayi took the oath of office while Akeredolu took his oath of office 10 minutes later in company with his wife, Betty, and their children.
Akeredolu, who admitted that there were challenges ahead for his administration, said he could not face them alone without the support of the people of the state.
He said, “There are many mountains before us to climb. As we climb up these steep mountains, sometimes, we may trip or slip, but we will get back up. We will focus on the journey. We will never stop. In the end, we will reach our goal.
“For all these to happen, I am humbly going to ask only one thing from you. What I ask for is attitude. We need to come with an attitude of belief and transformation.”
The governor vowed to create jobs through agriculture, entrepreneurship and industrialisation. He also pledged to provide massive infrastructural development across the state.
Akeredolu, who is the state’s sixth governor, also promised to provide functional education and technological growth for the people of the state.
He also promised to provide “accessible and qualitative health care, social service delivery, rural development and community extension services.”
Urging civil servants in the state to collaborate with his government to transform the economy of the state, Akeredolu noted that the economic challenges facing the state would be successfully addressed with their support.
Meanwhile, the Kogi State First Lady, Rashida Bello, has congratulated Akeredolu, with a call on residents of the state, especially the womenfolk, to cooperate with him and his wife.
A statement issued by her Senior Special Assistant (Media), Olamide Adesoro, said the time had come for the people of Ondo State to work towards the change mantra of the Federal Government.
She said, “Akeredolu’s government will bring about the desired change in the lives of women, youths and the entire people of Ondo State. I wish him a successful tenure and pray for God’s wisdom to guide him through.”