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Rotimi Akeredolu, a senior advocate of Nigeria, and member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has been sworn in as the new Governor of Ondo State, taking over from Olusegun Mimiko of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The swearing in ceremony took place on Friday at the Akure Township Stadium, and the oath of office was administered by the Acting Chief Justice of the State, Temitayo Osoba.
Also sworn in was Agboola Ajayi who takes over as the deputy governor of the State.
Former Governor Mimiko had in a brief ceremony on Thursday officialy handed over to Akeredolu ahead of Friday’s swearing in event.
The ceremony was attended by APC chieftains including the party’s National Chairman, John Oyegun and the current Minister of Solid Minerals and former Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi.
Earlier reports had indicated that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo might attend the event, but the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and governors of Ogun, Niger, Kogi, Sokoto and Oyo states were all in attendance.
Surprisingly though, former Governor of Lagos State Bola Tinubu made it to the swearing in ceremony, accompanied by another APC chieftain, Bisi Akande. The pair had also been to London to visit President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on medical vacation there.
It would be recalled that Tinubu had, during the Ondo APC Governorship primary elections in 2016, openly endorsed one of Akeredolu’s opponent, Olusegun Abraham.
The endorsement whipped up a lot of controversies, as the other candidates contesting for the governorship ticket described it as an act of imposition of a candidate on the people.
Also after the primary election had been won and lost, Tinubu led a failed campaign to get the National leadership of the APC to cancel the exercise and nullify Akeredolu’s victory.
However, the APC National Chairman, Oyegun stood his ground not to cancel the primary election, drawing the ire of Tinubu and some other top party members including former Vice President Atiku and the Party’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Timi Frank, who demanded that Oyegun resigned his post.
Tinubu’s attendance at Akeredolu’s swearing in may signal a truce between him and the new governor after the events that accompanied the election.
Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, who is also the Chairman of the PDP, governor’s forum, also attended the event, perhaps on the platform of the South Western governors’ forum.