By John Odunjo
Ondo State Governor, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, said on Friday that the overwhelming reactions that greeted the nomination and appointment of Dr. Olayide Adelami as Deputy Governor and Hon. Tayo Oluwatuyi as Secretary to the State Government showed that he made the right choices.
Aiyedatiwa said that he considered them “highly qualified and well equipped to carry out the responsibilities entrusted to them”.
The governor, who spoke at the Government House, Akure during a meeting with Adelami and Oluwatuyi congratulated the duo, saying he received calls and messages from notable personalities, including traditional rulers and religious leaders, commending both appointments.
Aiyedatiwa said, “The time for a deputy governor has come, because the responsibilities have been immense, and I am grateful for the capable hands of Dr. Adelami and the prompt action of the SSG, Hon. Oluwatuyi, who has already begun his duties.”
This was contained in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ebenezer Adeniyan, who stated that earlier on Friday, the deputy governor-designate and the SSG, “in a display of gratitude and solidarity, mobilised their supporters for a heartfelt welcome for Governor Aiyedatiwa at the Akure airport upon his return to the state capital from Abuja”.
Addressing the crowd, Aiyedatiwa expressed appreciation for the warm welcome, thanking the people of the state for their support for his administration since inception.
The governor said, “Two days ago, we dissolved the former executive council, not in discord but as part of the necessary transition. I presented the name of Dr. Olayide Adelami to the House of Assembly for consideration, and it was promptly approved.
“I am deeply moved by the outpouring of support and the warm welcome orchestrated by Deputy Governor designate and the SSG. Their initiative to express appreciation through this rally speaks volumes about their dedication to serving the people and fostering unity within the state”, the governor said.