At a ceremony attended by prominent dignitaries and hundreds of citizens, Senator Ademola Adeleke took the oath of office as governor of Osun State.
Adeleke made a commitment to serve the people and address the issues facing the state during the event held on Sunday at the Osogbo City Stadium in the capital of Osun State.
“As I accept the mantle of leadership entrusted upon me by the people of our dear state, I am conscious of the enormous challenges and responsibilities ahead of me and will begin from this hour workday and night with deep sense of purpose to be a servant to you all,” Adeleke said in his inaugural address.
He asserted that things in the state are no longer business as usual while promising to lower the poverty rate and give the populace the benefits of democracy.
He said, “Let me state here that from the education, health, mining sector, agriculture, road infrastructure, and supply of potable water, let it be known to all that it is no longer going to be business as usual. And I repeat, it is no longer business as usual.
“Our administration will demonstrate a high sense of urgency, transparency, justice, and innovation to tackle and solve the problems of poverty, illiteracy, disease, and poor infrastructure.”
The inauguration of the ‘Dancing Senator’ as governor was attended by top members of his party – the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) including the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa.
Also, Adeleke’s superstar nephew, David Adeleke, better known as Davido, made a first public appearance since his son Ifeanyi’s death at the event.
Adeleke, in July contested on the platform of the PDP to defeat then-incumbent governor Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The election was his second attempt after he lost to Oyetola in the 2018 Osun governorship election.