ROTIMI Akeredolu, SAN, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, formally took over as governor of Ondo State, on Friday, February 24. Akeredolu took oath of office as the governor of the state as the sixth democratically elected governor of the state in a colourful ceremony witnessed by various dignities from all over the country.
A former national president of the Nigerian Bar Association, the new governor who replaced Olusegun Mimiko, was sworn in by Justice Temitayo Osoba, acting chief justice of Ondo State.
Earlier, Ajayi Agboola was sworn into office as deputy governor.
Prominent among those who graced the occasion, which held at the Akure Township Stadium, were Bukola Saraki, Senate president; Bola Tinubu and Bisi Akande, both leaders of the ruling APC.
Observers said Tinubu’s attendance signalled a truce between him and the new governor after the controversy that trailed November 26, 2016 gubernatorial elections.
Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, who is also the chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, governor’s forum, was in attendance with other state governors from Edo, Ogun, Jigawa, Kogi, Sokoto and Oyo states.
In his address, Governor Akerodolu told the gathering that his administration would expect the support of all citizens of the state to achieve the desired success.
The new governor has also promised to continue with the legacies laid by his predecessor.
Akeredolu also said his administration was not out to witch-hunt anyone but to create an environment for sustainable development in Ondo.
— Mar 6, 2017 @ 01:00 GMT