Tuesday 27th November, 2018 will remain indelible in the minds of the people of Osun State as Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola took the mantle of leadership of the state from Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
A few days to his inauguration, Aregbesola embarked on the commissioning of various projects in company of the then incoming governor. This has been described as a sign of endorsement by him even when a few of the projects are still under execution.
At his final interactive session with the people of the state at his popular Ogbeni-till-day-break, Aregbesola said he would move out of Osun Government House a week before the inauguration of his successor, which he did.
This afforded workers the opportunity to renovate the Government House, a spill over effect was observed in the state capital that wore a new look.
On the day of inauguration, thousands of people who besieged the Osogbo township Stadium, venue of the event, started arriving as early as 7:00 am just to find a comfortable place to sit.
Secondary school students who had been trained in the art of calisthenics had earlier trooped in as early as 6:00 am.
However, the security personnel had a hectic time controlling the crowd who besieged the venue, majority of who could not gain entrance because of the crowd.
Ceremonial drummers, food vendors, hawkers of soft drinks, snacks, sachet and bottled water, traders in wares both symbolic ones and general wares, commercial drivers and numerous others had a fill day and smiled home with deep pockets.
Dignitaries from across the state of the federation and beyond that included representative of President Muhammadu Buhari, in person of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha; National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomole and foe Lagos State governor, Senator Bola Tinubu.
Governors in attendance included Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State; Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State; Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State. Former governors in attendance included Chief Segun Osoba (Ogun), Chief Niyi Adebayo (Ekiti) and Chief Adebisi Akande (Osun State).
Royal fathers were also not left out and they thronged the venue in their numbers. They included the Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Eniitan Ogunwusi; Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi; Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun Oyetunji; Timi of Ede, Oba Munirudeen Lawal.
Also in attendance were members of National and State Assemblies, ministers, chieftains of political parties, captains of industries, Carrier Officers, Labour leaders, Market men and women, journalist, member of the academic.
The peak of the event was the arrival of the Chief celebrant, Gboyega Oyetola, who was dressed in white flowing agbada with a cap to match, and his wife Kafayat Oyetola who was equally embroidered in white wrapper and immaculate headgear along with his predecessor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and wife at about noon.
Following the introduction of dignitaries, the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Adepele Ojo, took the bull by the horn with the swearing in of the deputy governor, Mr. Benedict Alabi at about 1:00 pm.
This was closely followed by the inauguration of the man of the day himself, Oyetola amidst thunderous ovation from the crowd.
As the swearing-in was going on and group photographs taken, highly elated Tinubu and his political god-son, Aregbesola, were entertaining the crowd with special dancing spree that attracted thunderous ovation.
The only goodwill message at the event was delivered by Tinubu.
Tinubu, who applauded Aregbesola for delivering dividends of democracy to the people of Osun State assured the gathering that Oyetola would keep the pace.
He told the gathering that Nigerians are not ready to go back to what he described as dark days of the past with an assurance to Buhari that the entire South West will vote for him.
Tinubu boasted that with the legacy of good governance by the ruling APC, there is no room for opposition, adding that there is no cause for alarm.
In his speech delivered by Mustapha, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed delight in the fact that Nigeria has come of age in democratic transition of governance.
As the general elections approach, the President charged Nigerians to shun violence and conduct themselves peacefully before, during and after the general elections, adding that election is not a matter of war.
He enjoined politicians to harp on issues rather than engage in hate speech during electioneering campaigns. He also urged that Nigerians to build upon democratic norms already established.
Buhari, who urged Nigerians to turn out in large numbers to vote for candidates of their choice however, noted that a vote for the All Progressives Party will take the nation to another level.
The president reiterated his administration’s commitment to fighting corruption, rejuvenate the economy and give Nigerians good governance that will change the fortune of Nigerians.
In his maiden speech, Oyetola extended his hand of fellowship to all stakeholders, pledging an all inclusive government.
According to him, there is no room for bitterness and acrimony, adding that all well meaning people of Osun State should come together to ensure that Osun is elevated to a status that befits it.
His words: “Let me affirm before you fellow citizens witnessing this historic moment that the mandate to govern this state will be held in close trust by me.
“This trust will not be abused. Today, I state clearly that this is our commitment.
“We will build on the progress already achieved and we shall do so farm by farm, industry by industry, village by village, school by school, person by person, until everyone in this state feels the beneficial influence of progressive good governance in the most important aspects of their lives.
Furthermore, Oyetola expressed his appreciation to Aregbesola who he described as an innovator.
He assured Buhari that the people of Osun State are ready for the ‘Next Level’, adding that by the woll of God, he would deliver Osun for the Buhari-Osinbajo re-election on February 16, 2019.
While Aregbesola went straight to Ilesa, his home town shortly after the event where a heroic welcome was organised for him by a social cultural group, the Oranmiyan group, Oyetola zoomed into the Oke-Fia Government House to face the business of governance.
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