Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has been sworn in as the governor of Ondo State for the second term of four years.
Akeredolu was sworn in alongside his deputy, Lucky Ayedatiwa, at the International Culture and Events Centre, Akure, the state capital by the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Olanrewaju Akeredolu, on Tuesday.
Akeredolu, the incumbent and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was re-elected last October during the Ondo State governorship election.
The governor polled 292,830 votes to defeat his closest rival, Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who scored 195,791 votes.
The candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Mr. Agboola Ajayi, who came a distant third, polled 69,127 votes.
Akeredolu won 15 of the 18 local governments to emerge winner of the election. He won Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo, Irele, Akoko Southwest, Akoko Northeast, Akoko Northwest, Ondo East, Owo, Idanre, Akoko Southeast, Akure South, Ondo West, Ose, Ese-Odo, and Ilaje.
PDP’s Jegede won in three local governments – Ifedore, Akure North, and Akure South.
In his inaugural speech on Wednesday, Akeredolu said that contrary to what was obtainable during second term of elected governors, his administration would not rest on his oars and that all hands would be on deck in achieving inclusive development of the state.
According to him, I shall continue with more vigour to justify the trust earned by our administration. We shall, God willing, continue to serve in the best interest of the people. Their welfare will be the central focus under my leadership.
”The second term, for us, is not a time for relaxation. We are not under any illusion that it will be easy. We are, however, ready to proceed on the journey with renewed enthusiasm and vigour.
”Though we are yet to reach the set goal, we are confident that this administration is on the right path. ” We will not depart from the trodden path which has earned us affection and deep reverence for the citizenry.
Continue, he said his administration “intends to focus on agriculture and youth empowerment through entrepreneurship. This has led us to the establishment of the Ondo State Entrepreneurship Agency (ONDEA). We intend to revolutionise agriculture taking it beyond theory and anchoring all expectations on practicals.