Adelami sworn in as Ondo deputy governor

FORMER Deputy Clerk at the National Assembly Olayide Adelami has been sworn in as deputy governor of Ondo state.

Adelami was sworn in by the Chief Judge of the state, Olusegun Odusola, at the International Culture and Event Centre in Akure, the state capital, on Thursday, February 1.

The new deputy governor pledged his loyalty to his principal and the people of the state.

“Mr Governor, I hereby wholeheartedly accept to be your deputy, and my loyalty to you will be total. To the good people of Ondo State, I’m here to join hands with Governor Lucky Orimisan Ayedatiwa to serve you and ensure that lives are made more meaningful for you in all facets.

“To our good people of Ondo State, by the Grace of God Almighty who, in His will, arranged this day to come, we will not let you down. I want to, therefore, appeal to all our good people of Ondo State at home and abroad to kindly support Mr Governor and myself in our sincere desire to entrench good governance in our Sunshine State,” Adelami said.

On Wednesday, January 24, Aiyedatiwa nominated Adelami as his deputy. He forwarded his name to the state Assembly for confirmation.

The Assembly confirmed his appointment on Thursday, January 25, after screening him.

The Assembly’s Deputy Speaker, Abayomi Akinruntan, said during Adelami’s screening that he displayed an understanding of the office and qualified for it.

    Adelami hails from Owo Local Government Area (LGA), the same LGA where the immediate past governor of the state, Rotimi Akeredolu, hailed from.

    Aiyedatiwa appointed him as deputy after the governor took over the state’s leadership, following Akeredolu’s death.

    Some of Akeredolu’s aides tendered their resignation letters upon Aiyedatiwa’s assumption of office, citing loyalty to the deceased as the reason for their decision, and hours before the new governor appointed Adelami, he dissolved the executive council appointed by his predecessor.

    During Adelami’s swearing-in ceremony, Aiyedatiwa explained that the dissolution of the executive council was to introduce fresh hands into his government and urged Adelami to embrace accountability during his tenure.

    Ijeoma Opara is a journalist with The ICIR. Reach her via [email protected] or @ije_le on Twitter.

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