Profile of the New Ondo State Governor, Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa

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Following the death of Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo State now has a new governor who is the former deputy, Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa.

How Aiyedatiwa Became The Ondo State Governor

Aiyedatiwa was sworn in by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Olusegun Odusola on Wednesday at the Cocoa Conference Hall on Wednesday, 27th December 2023.

He had to also resume immediately from his holidays from his country home and return to Akure for the swearing-in ceremony.

He took the oath of allegiance at 5:15 pm, while the the oath of office was done about 5:17 pm and about 5:19pm, he signed the Oath Register.

Profile of Lucky Aiyedatiwa, The New Ondo State Governor

He hails from Obe-Nla and was born on 12th January 1965 to Titus Akande and Rosanah Moyebi Aiyedatiwa. His hometown is oil-bearing in Ilaje Local Government Area of the state.

His academic pursuit started in 1970 where he attended Saint Peter’s UNA (now FAC) Primary School, Obe-Nla/Obe Adun in Ilaje LGA and finished in 1976. His secondary school was in Lagos State where he attended Ikosi High School, Ketu, Lagos in 1982.

…Aiyedatiwa’s Academic Growth

In 1986, Aiyedatiwa obtained his Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) from the Lagos State College of Education (now Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education), Ijanikin.

After a short spell as a teacher, he moved on into business, but further his studies at the University of Ibadan where he studied Advanced Diploma in Business Administration and had a distinction in 2001.

He is also an alumnus of the Lagos Business School – Pan Atlantic University, Lekki, Lagos with Post Graduate Certification in Chief Executive Education (CEP) in Business Management in 2009.

In 2013, he bagged his Master Degree of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.

…His Professional Experience

Professionally, he worked at Scoa Assembly Plant Plc. Apapa, Lagos, as Inventory/Store Officer, 1982-1983. Reliance International Schools, Ijokodo, Ibadan, Assistant Head Teacher, 1987-1990. Universal Pharmaceutical Supply Co. Ltd., Ikeja, Lagos as Marketing Officer, 1990-1993. Global Trust Limited, Gbagada Lagos as Assistant Investment Analyst, 1992-1993. Global Trust Limited, Gbagada Lagos as Assistant Investment Analyst, 1992-1993. Biz Mart Nigeria Limited, Lagos Island, Lagos as General Merchandise Manager, 1994-1996.

Aiyedatiwa is a business development professional and a successful business man with interest and substantial experience in Marketing, Financial and Human resources management, New Product Development, Forex Trading and Management, Construction, Real Estate, Hospitality, Public Relations, Travels and Tours.

He was the MD/CEO of Blue Wall Group of Companies established in 1996 which includes; Blue Wall Nigeria Ltd, a Trading Company, Blue Wall BDC Nigeria Ltd., a Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) licensed foreign exchange trading company and Blue Wall Safety Travels and Tours, an IATA licensed Travel Agency and Logistic Company.

He has attended further trainings and acquired knowledge and skills in business management, project management, crisis management, leadership, strategy and new product development, nationally and internationally.

..His Political Background

He joined active politics in 2011 as a card-carrying member of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2014.

He was one of the National Delegates from Ondo State at the All-Progressives Congress (APC) National Convention in Abuja in 2014 and later became the House of Representative Candidate of the Party for Ilaje/Ese-Odo Federal Constituency in the 2015 Presidential and National Assembly General Election.

Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as Federal Commissioner, who represented Ondo State on the Board of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), 2018-2019. Prior to his appointment by the President, he has also held other positions in other social and professional bodies.

He was the National Public Relations Officer (PRO) for Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) 2004-2010. Chairman of South West Zone of ABCON 2010-2011. Trustee/Treasurer, Ilaje League of Professional, President of Chief Executive Class ’18 (CEP18) of Lagos Business School, Alumni Association. Executive Member of Lagos/South West Network of University of Liverpool Global Alumni.

He was also conferred a platinum award by the Chartered Institute of Local Government and Public Administration of Nigeria (CILGPAN) on 16th September, 2021. On Sunday 11th October, 2020, Akeredolu and Aiyedatiwa were re-elected Governor and Deputy Governor of Ondo State, as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

On 24 February 2021, Akeredolu and Aiyedatiwa were sworn into office as Governor and Deputy Governor of Ondo State respectively. Lucky is married and the marriage is blessed with three children.

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