Akeredolu sworn in as Ondo’s 6th Governor
*Roll-call of who is who at the event
Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) was at exactly 11:34am on Friday, swron-in and took oath of office as the sixth governor of Ondo state. This was after Hon Alfred Ajayi was sworn in as the deputy governor of the state.
Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had defeated Mr Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and 16 other candidates in the state governorship election in November 2016.
He polled 244,842 votes, while Jegede, who came second, garnered 150,380 votes.
Governors Abiola Ajimobi and Godwin Obaseki of Oyo and Edo states respectively, as well as the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, were among the dignitaries at the event.
Also at the event were the APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, Minister of Solid Minerals Dr Kayode Fayemi, and other friends and family members.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (Jagaban), Chief Bisi Akande, Senator Ojudu Babafemi, Prof Pat Utomi, Chief Audu Ogbe including serving governors like Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti, Senator Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Simon Lalong of Plateau, were also present at the event.
Gov. Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa and Gov. Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State, Senator Joshua Dariye, former governor of Plateau were also present while former Gov. Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun State represented former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Traditional rulers, including Olugbo of Ugboland, Oba Frederick Akinruntan, the Osemowe of Ondo, Oba Victor Kinladejo, the Olowo of Owo, Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi, the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo, also attended the event.
Highlight of the event at the jam-packed stadium was a parade by men of the Nigerian Police and different interest groups. Party faithfuls and various interest groups, who were clad in different uniforms, also participated in a colourful march pass where Akeredolu took salute.
Former Gov. Olusegun Mimiko formally handed over the reins of office to Akeredolu in a brief but colourful ceremony on Thursday evening preceding the official ceremony.