Osun State now has a new governor in Oyetola Gboyega, who was sworn into office at exactly 12:55pm Tuesday, after winning the September governorship election in the state under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The Chief Judge of Osun state, Oyebola Ojo, administered the oath of office on the fifth civilian governor of Osun State at the Osogbo Township Stadium.
Speaking afterwards in an acceptance speech, Oyetola promised to accord utmost priority to the welfare of workers and pensioners alike in the state as part of his policy statement.
He added that his government would advance the progress recorded by the Gov. Rauf Aregbesola-led administration and give a sense of belonging to everybody.
Oyetola promised to improve on the internally-generated revenue of the state and invest in agriculture and tourism to make the state financially independent.
According to Oyetola, “We shall prioritise the welfare of workers and pensioners to advance the success recorded by the last administration and make sure everybody feels the impact of progressive government.
“We are convinced that the peaceful atmosphere and relative stability of electricity in the state will attract investment.
“We shall also improve on the IGR and improve agricultural activities to attract nine new farm settlements and grow the agro-industry sector to ensure food security and create 30,000 thousand jobs.”
In attendance were Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari; Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC; Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the APC.
The President, in his remarks, called on Oyetola to centre his administration around the welfare of the people, especially the women and youths, to make life meaningful for them.
According to him, “Public office is a trust. You must rule with a human face and the fear of God. You must ensure all the ongoing projects are completed.”
He assured the new governor of necessary support that would help him succeed during his administration, and called on Nigerians to vote for the APC in all the elections in 2019.
Buhari, however, urged them to conduct themselves peacefully in a manner devoid of bitterness and violence.
He also urged candidates and their supporters to jettison hate speech and violence during the campaigns ahead of the poll for the sake of the country, and focus on programmes that would guarantee emancipation of people from hardship.
Innhis remarks, APC’s National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said Oyetola’s emergence as governor was a continuation and testament of the party’s progressive ideology of governance, started four years ago by President Buhari.
He called on Oyetola to toe the path that had been created to engender progressive development that would put smiles on people’s faces and take the state to higher heights.
“We want you to maintain the same path of progress. We are strongly behind you. Ride on, no going back. There is no other party here in the South West,” Tinubu said.
The former Lagos governor commended Aregbesola for toeing the same path for eight years to bring the state to where it is.
“You’ve done very well. since eight years, which is like yesterday. You earned a progressive mandate and did it for four years and renewed it for another four years. It was a welfarist and progressive programmes now handed over to another progressive governor. Thank you for walking the path and doing a good job,” Tinubu said.
Among the governors who attended the event were Rotimi Akeredolu, (Ondo), Abiola Ajumobi, (Oyo), Abdullahi, Ganduje (Kano), and Akinwunmi Ambode, (Lagos).
Oyetola is the fifth civilian governor of the state, created in August 1991. Before him were Isiaka Adeleke, who ruled between 1992 and 1993, Bisi Akande,(1999 to 2003), Olagunsoye Oyinlola (2003-2010) and Rauf Aregbesola(2010-2018).