Victory – Akeredolu Applauded as He Also Acknowledged Tinubu in Inaugural Speech
The newly sworn-in governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, at his inauguration on Friday, heaped praised on APC national chairman, John Oyegun, as he also acknowledged APC leader, Bola Tinubu.
While speaking at his inauguration ceremony as the Ondo state Governor on Friday, the newly sworn-in governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, acknowledged the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, and also paid tribute to John Oyegun, APC national chairman for laying the foundation for his “resounding victory”.
Akeredolu, who enjoyed Tinubu’s support when he first ran unsuccessfully for office in 2013, did not enjoy the ex-Lagos’s governor’s support in 2016. He had declined to mention Tinubu at his victory speech after winning the election, indicating both were not in the best of terms.
After his swearing-in at the Akure Stadium on Friday, Akeredolu proceeded to make his inaugural speech, and began with the acknowledgement of dignitaries, particularly party chieftains and leadership. He also took time to acknowledge governors, lawmakers, women groups, journalists and security men.
He spent much time lauding the efforts of the Chairman of the APC, John Oyegun, who he described as one who believed in the democratic values and principles and stood for it when it mattered, adding that Oyegun’s persistence resulted in the victory of the party in the governorship polls.
Akeredolu, who was sworn in along with his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, said; “And a special reverence must be reserved for our indefatigable party chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, whose strict adherence to lofty principles and doggedness laid the foundation for our resounding victory at the polls,” he said.
“This exemplary leader behaved like a true elder, whose sagely presence in the village square not only professed rectitude but acted it, resolutely, affirming nobility of the human spirit.
“Our party benefitted, tremendously, from his vast experience in public service. We are eternally grateful. The verdict of history shall be kind to him.”
Akeredolu whose oath of office was administered to him by the Acting Chief Judge of the state, Temitayo Osoba, acknowledged the presence of Tinubu at his inauguration, thanking him for attending the event despite “the path he had travelled,” before now.
He thanked Tinubu for finding time to attend the event, despite the differences in political opinions. His mention of Mr. Tinubu drew a loud applause from the crowd. He also thanked the people for having confidence in him, promising them that his administration would look into the problems confronting the state.
“We understand the challenges, and these are quite apparent to those within and outside the system. We will work towards addressing these challenges in delivering on our mandate to our people,” he said.
“We particularly seek the support and cooperation of the civil service and all organs of labour. We will drive efficiency through capacity building and training needs assessment targeted at retooling our civil servants. Be rest assured that your welfare, training, capacity building and the overall interests of our people will be one of the highest pillars of our mandate.
“We acknowledge the constraints that our current financial situation will place on our ability to deliver on our mandate. We however, believe that an adequate focus on transforming the current socio-economic status of our state will lead to substantial internally generated revenue for our state. We believe that Ondo state has the required resources – human and material to ensure our sustainability in the short, medium and long term.
“We are looking at building on our existing relationships with local and international development partners. Many of them have been there for us in the time past, and we reach out to them, especially at the new dawn in the administration of our state. I am therefore using this opportunity to reach out to businesses, manufacturers, private investors as well as potential international partners. You are welcome to Ondo state.”
Senate President Bukola Saraki; Yusuf Lasun, deputy speaker of the house of representatives; Bisi Akande, and former governor of Osun state, were among the guests at the occasion.
Some of the governors were Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Yahaya Bello (Kogi) and Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano).
Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture; Kayode Fayemi, minister of mines and steel; and Chris Ngige, minister of labour, were all in attendance.
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