The new governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has
promised to complete projects started by late Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
Governor Aiyedatiwa made the promise shortly after taking
oath of office. He was sworn in by the Chief Judge, Odusola Olusegun, in Akure.
According to the governor, “Our Leader, during his time,
embarked on landmark projects many of which had been completed and some are
“I now have the burden to complete them. It is necessary for
us to acknowledge the achievements of Akeredolu. His records of performance are
“This administration shall continue to advance the welfare
of the people. We shall place the people first in every decision we take.”
The governor said he accepted to take over the reins of the
affair of the state with a heavy heart following Akeredolu’s death.
‘We were close’
Aiyedatiwa added: “The death of our governor and leader was
a devasting shock to the people of the state. It’s a colossal loss to the state
The Ondo Governor said his relationship with Akeredolu dated
back many years and was not affected by the loss of the 2012 governorship
Also, the governor said Akeredolu was “a man of courage and
vision who always stood for the truth even at his detriment. He pursued the
course of Amotekun even when he had his victory being contended at the court.
“The people of Ondo and the Southwest will be grateful for
the establishment of Amotekun, which had increased security in the state.
“His many legacies in the health sector, infrastructural,
industrial hub, his innovation and entrepreneurial agency will be difficult to
“The events in the
last few days are a watershed in the history of the state. This event has
placed a burden on all of us. We have the responsibility to continue to sustain
Akeredolu’s legacy which was good governance,” Governor Aiyedatiwa added.
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