The Chief Judge of Ondo state, Justice Olusegun Odusola, has sworn in Lucky Aiyedatiwa as the seventh civilian governor of the state.
Aiyedatiwa was sworn in at the governor’s office in Akure at exactly 4: 15 p.m.
Present at the ceremony were the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Olamide Oladiji, and members of the assembly.
The secretary to the State Government, Princess Oladunni Odu, and the state chairman of the ruling party All Progressives Congress, APC, Ade Adetimehin, were also present.
Others include members of the executive council, political office holders, and other party members.
In his address, Aiyedatiwa described the death of Akeredolu as unfortunate.
Aiyedatiwa said: “The death of our governor and leader was a devastating shock to the people of the state. It’s a colossal loss to the state and Nigeria.”
He condoled with the governor’s family, the traditional ruler of Owo, and the people of the state.
The people of South West will be eternally grateful to him for the establishment of Amotekun, which has reduced the menace of banditry, kidnapping and other criminality in the region.
I’ll complete Akeredolu’s projects — Governor Aiyedatiwa
Governor Aiyedatiwa promised to complete all ongoing projects left behind by Akeredolu.
He added that his record of performance was monumental and unprecedented.
Who is Lucky Aiyedatiwa?
Lucky Aiyedatiwa Ondo State Governor
Governor Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa is a native of Obe-Nla, an oil-bearing community in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State. He was born to the family of Mr. Titus Akande and Mrs. Rosanah Moyebi Aiyedatiwa (of blessed memory) on the 12th day of January 1965.
He had his elementary education at Saint Peter’s UNA (now FAC) Primary School, Obe-Nla/Obe Adun in Ilaje LGA of Ondo State between 1970 and 1976. He had his secondary education at Ikosi High School, Ketu, Lagos in 1982. He then proceeded to Lagos State College of Education (now Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education), Ijanikin, Lagos where he obtained a Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) in Economics and Government in 1986.
After a period as a classroom teacher and subsequent diversification into business, Aiyedatiwa later attended the University of Ibadan for Advanced Diploma in Business Administration with distinction in 2001. He is an alumnus of Lagos Business School – Pan Atlantic University, Lekki, Lagos with Post Graduate Certification in Chief Executive Education (CEP) in Business Management in 2009. He is also an Alumnus of the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom where he obtained a Master Degree of Business Administration (MBA) in 2013.
Prior to the establishment of his own business in 1996, Aiyedatiwa worked in other organization and institutions which includes; Scoa Assembly Plant Plc. Apapa, Lagos, as Inventory/Store Officer, 1982-1983. Reliance International Schools, Ijokodo, Ibadan, Assistant Head Teacher, 1987-1990. Universal Pharmaceutical Supply Co. Ltd., Ikeja, Lagos as Marketing Officer, 1990-1993. Global Trust Limited, Gbagada Lagos as Assistant Investment Analyst, 1992-1993. Biz Mart Nigeria Limited, Lagos Island, Lagos as General Merchandise Manager, 1994-1996.
Aiyedatiwa is a business development professional and a successful business man with interest and substantial experience in Marketing, Financial and Human resources management, New Product Development, Forex Trading and Management, Construction, Real Estate, Hospitality, Public Relations, Travels and Tours. He was the MD/CEO of Blue Wall Group of Companies established in 1996 which includes; Blue Wall Nigeria Ltd, a Trading Company, Blue Wall BDC Nigeria Ltd., a Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) licensed foreign exchange trading company and Blue Wall Safety Travels and Tours, an IATA licensed Travel Agency and Logistic Company.
He has attended further trainings and acquired knowledge and skills in business management, project management, crisis management, leadership, strategy and new product development, nationally and internationally.
He joined active politics in 2011 as a card-carrying member of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2014. He was one of the National Delegates from Ondo State at the All-Progressives Congress (APC) National Convention in Abuja in 2014 and later became the House of Representative Candidate of the Party for Ilaje/Ese-Odo Federal Constituency in the 2015 Presidential and National Assembly General Election.
Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as Federal Commissioner, who represented Ondo State on the Board of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), 2018-2019.
Prior to his appointment by the President, he has also held other positions in other social and professional bodies. He was the National Public Relations Officer (PRO) for Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) 2004-2010. Chairman of South West Zone of ABCON 2010-2011. Trustee/Treasurer, Ilaje League of Professional, President of Chief Executive Class ’18 (CEP18) of Lagos Business School, Alumni Association. Executive Member of Lagos/South West Network of University of Liverpool Global Alumni.
He was also conferred a platinum award by the Chartered Institute of Local Government and Public Administration of Nigeria (CILGPAN) on 16th September, 2021. On Sunday 11th October, 2020, Akeredolu and Aiyedatiwa were re-elected Governor and Deputy Governor of Ondo State, as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
On 24 February 2021, Akeredolu and Aiyedatiwa were sworn into office as Governor and Deputy Governor of Ondo State respectively. Lucky is married and the marriage is blessed with three children.