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Rotimi Akeredolu Sworn in as Ondo Governor | Saraki, Fayose, Tinubu, Oyegun & More Attend

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Pic.5. Gov. Roitimi Akeredolu of Ondo State acknowledges cheers from the crowd during his inauguration in Akure on Friday (24/2/17).
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The newly sworn-in governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) has promised to make the collective interest of the state his paramount focus.

Akeredolu said this on Friday in Akure in his address shortly after taking oath of office amidst pump and pageantry.

Akeredolu also pledged not to renege on his campaign pledge that the peoples’ welfare shall form the basis of his government.

“We listened to our people in the course of our campaign to all nooks and crannies of the state. We heard them loud and clear through their votes.

We witnessed firsthand the deplorable conditions under which they exist, and we are determined to make the difference with the specific mandate of redemption liberally handed over to us.

Our platform for change is erected on strong pillars which consist of the core sectors of government activities that our blue print lays emphasis on,” Akeredolu said.

Pic.3. Gov. Roitimi Akeredolu of Ondo State (L) takes Oath of Office before the Chief Judge of Ondo State, Justice O. Sanda, during his inauguration in Akure on Friday (24/2/17).
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Pic.4. Deputy Governor OF Ondo State, Mr Agboola Ajayi (L) taking Oath of Office before the Chief Judge of Ondo State, Justice O. Sanda, during his inauguration in Akure on Friday (24/2/17).
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According to him, these core sectors are finance and management of state resources, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Commerce and industrial development, education and Technology, Land, Housing and Environment, among others.

The governor said that the main mission of his administration was to lead a patriotic, highly inspired and competent team “to rescue the ship of our state”

Akeredolu, who acknowledged the enormous challenges faced by the state, pointed out that the blue print of his administration was anchored on five cardinal programmes popularly known as “our platforms for change”

According to him, the cardinal programmes are: Job creation through Agriculture, Entrepreneurship and industrialisation; massive infrastructural development and maintenance; provision of functional growth and technological growth; provision of accessible and qualitative health care and social service delivery; rural development and community extension services.

From left: Senate President Bukola Saraki; former Governor of Ogun, Aremo Olusegun Osoba; Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State; and his wife, Betty, during Gov. Akeredolu’s inauguration in Akure on Friday (24/2/17).
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Gov. Roitimi Akeredolu of Ondo State (3rd, L); his wife Betty and their children celebrate during the Governor’s inauguration in Akure on Friday (24/2/17).
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Senate President, Bukola Saraki led dignitaries across all walks of life to witness the swearing-in ceremony.

Other dignitaries present at the event held at the Akure Stadium included Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) and John Odigie-Oyegun, national chairman of APC.

Also present at the event were the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Communication, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Senators Dino Melaye, Tayo Alasoadura and Isiaka Adeleke.

Serving governors including Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti, Senator Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun, Senator Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Simon Lalong of Plateau, were also present at the event

Governors Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa and Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State, Senator Joshua Dariye, former governor of Plateau were also present while former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun State represented former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Traditional rulers, including Olugbo of Ugboland, Oba Fredric 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.

Pic.8. A cross-section of traditional rulers at the inauguration of Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) of Ondo State, in Akure on Friday (24/2/17).
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Akeredolu of the APC defeated Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 26, 2016 gubernatorial poll in Ondo State to become the governor of the state.

Former Governor Olusegun Mimiko formally handed over the reins of power to Akeredolu in a brief but colourful ceremony on Thursday evening.

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