Aiyedatiwa Names Former NASS Clerk as Deputy Governor

Ondo State Governor, Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has chosen Mr. Olaide Adelami, a former Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly, as the new deputy governor of the state.
Mr. Olaide Adelami
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This decision followed the governor's dismissal of all commissioners and special advisers on Wednesday.

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Ebenezer Adeniyan, released a statement confirming the appointment and mentioned that the nomination has been forwarded to the state House of Assembly for approval. According to the statement, "His nomination will be announced by the House of Assembly later today."

Mr. Adelami, who retired as Deputy Clerk to the National Assembly in April 2018, is a native of Owo in the Owo Local Government Area, the same LGA as the late Governor Rotimi Akeredolu. It is noteworthy that Adelami was an APC governorship aspirant in 2020 but withdrew from the race in favor of the late Akeredolu.

In 2020, during an interview with a well-known news agency, the recently appointed deputy governor expressed that he had never initially intended to pursue a career in politics as outlined in his early plans.

He said, “As an experienced and trained technocrat, it wasn’t part of my plans to join politics initially. I was expecting an appointment but I was assigned to coordinate Ondo State for the Presidential Support Committee of the All Progressives Congress. The scope of the work involved the resolution of the crisis within the members.

“That was my first exposure to field politics and this afforded me the opportunity to feel the needs of the people across the 18 local government areas of Ondo State. After the Presidential election, I saw the need to help the people of the state as the administrator of the resources of the state. I know that I would be more impactful than what we are seeing now in the state. I have that capacity. I believe in myself that I can manage the people, the money and the materials of the state better than what it is now.”

It was earlier reported that Aiyedatiwa dissolved the State Executive Council.

The governor also relieved all Senior Special Assistants and Special Assistants of their duties.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ebenezer Adeniyan, on Wednesday, the governor said the development would take immediate effect.

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