History was made in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital as Prince Dapo Abiodun was inaugurated the fifth civilian governor of the gateway state.He trails Chief Olabisi Onabanjo, the first, civilian governor as well as Aremo Olusegun Osoba, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and the immediate past governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.Abiodun, who hails from, Iperu, a major town in the Ogun East senatorial district was the third from the zone. Others who have riled from the zone were Onabanjo, from Ijebu and Daniel from Sagamu.The duo of Osoba and Amosun were from the Ogun Central senatorial district, with its headquarters being Abeokuta, which is also the political capital of the Egbaland.The venue of the epcho-making event was the MKO Abiola International Stadium in Abeokuta.Abiodun, who also turned 59 same day was inaugurated along his deputy, Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, an engineer by the Chief Judge of Ogun, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu. Accompanied by his wife; Bamidele, Abiodun arrived the stadium at about 11:12am for the historical inauguration, which was witnessed by members of the public, both the high and the low.In his inaugural speech Abiodun promised to run a people-oriented government and not of cronies and family.He also promised to ensure equitable allocation of resources across the state, just as he said that his administration will not hesitate to review suspected misuse of the commonwealth, promising to hold accountable any individual or organisation found culpable.
Abiodun, who noted that his path to the governorship, though rough and bumpy, promised that he would not witch-hunt his predecessor.While reiteratimg that all the on-going projects embarked upon by his predecessor will be completed by his administration, based on their benefits to the people, priorities and available funds, he added that his government will be people-centred.”I can assure all and sundry that the government under my watch will be people-centred. The government will be our government, not their government. I have experienced ups and downs of life like any of you. I can relate to your challenges. “I can identify with your dreams. You want a government that works for you, and not for cronies and families. Let me pledge once again, that I, Adedapo Abiodun, will keep faith with the people. I will lead with integrity and sincerity. “My Administration will be fair, just, equitable and inclusive. Let me reiterate for the umpteen time, that all on-going projects in the state will be completed by my administration, based on the benefits to the people, priorities and available funds”. He also assured that his administration will ensure public service reform, empowerment of local governments, transparency and public service management, security and welfare of the citizens, employment, physical infrastructure, qualitative education and healthcare, agriculture and food security, industry, trade and investment, tourism and development. A portal, according to him will be opened in the next few weeks to register unemployed youths in the state, while Ogun State Enterprise Agency will be soon be established to promote self employment.The governor, who canvassed support of the Ogun people in building the future of the state in the next four years added: “The task of building our future is a collective task. It is beyond what I alone can shoulder or the team that will work with me in government. Rather, it is an Aaro that we owe each other”. Abiodun submitted.Ironically, colour yellow, which attracted molestation and harassment of supporters of the new governor when President Muhammadu Buhari came visiting shortly before the last governorship election, adorned both within and outside the stadium.Abiodun’s supporters bearing yellow colour in whatever form were molested as well as beaten by suspected loyalists of the then governor Ibikunle Amosun, the assumed godfather of the Allied People’s Movement(APM).But during the inauguration, The All Progressives Congress supporters and admirers of the new governor stormed the venue in yellow attires with some of them in fez caps in the same colour without being molested or embarrased.Notable among dignitaries were two former former governors Aremo Olusegun Osoba, Otunba Gbenga Daniel former World Court Judge, Prince Bola Ajibola, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Suraj Ishola Adekunbi, traditional rulers, top civil servants and others attended the historic event.