The International Culture and Event Centre in Akure witnessed a significant moment as Dr Olaide Adelami, a former Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly, took the oath to assume the role of Ondo State Deputy Governor.
His appointment, made by Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa and subsequent screening by the state House of Assembly, culminated in the official swearing-in ceremony on Thursday.
Last Tuesday marked the announcement of Dr Adelami as the deputy governor, followed by a formal swearing-in ceremony at the International Culture and Event Centre in Akure.
The Chief Judge of the state, Justice Olusegun Odusola, administered the oath of office to the new deputy governor.
Expressing his gratitude and commitment, Dr Adelami, in his acceptance speech, pledged unwavering loyalty to Governor Aiyedatiwa.
He assured the public of his dedication to collaborative efforts with the governor, emphasizing a shared goal of making the lives of Ondo State residents more meaningful across all sectors.
Governor Aiyedatiwa, while addressing the gathering, urged Dr Adelami to steer clear of divisive politics and concentrate on effective service delivery to the state.
The governor emphasized the importance of unity and a focus on the collective well-being of the people.
Dr. Adelami steps into the position previously held by Governor Aiyedatiwa, who assumed the role of the substantive governor in late December 2023.
This transition occurred following the unfortunate demise of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on the 27th of December, 2023.
Dr. Adelami becomes the third individual to occupy the office of Deputy Governor in Ondo State in the last eight years.
His predecessor, Agboola Ajayi, did not secure a return to office during Akeredolu’s second tenure.
Notably, Lucky Aiyedatiwa assumed the governorship following Governor Akeredolu’s untimely passing.
As the newest addition to the leadership in Ondo State, Dr Olaide Adelami brings a wealth of experience and a commitment to collaborative governance, echoing the state’s dedication to progress and meaningful service to its people.