By Enyichukwu Enemanna
A former Senator, Ademola Adeleke has been sworn-in as Governor of Osun State following the expiration of tenure of his predecessor, Adegboyega Oyetola.
At his inauguration which took place at Osogbo Township Stadium on Sunday, he promised to meet the expectations of the people of the state, even as he vowed that corrupt practices perpetrated by the past administration will be adequately addressed.
Adeleke of the PDP had floored Oyetola of the APC in the July governorship election which analysts believe was lost due to the frosty relationship between Oyetola and his predecessor and now the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.
The inauguration was attended by leaders of the People’s Democratic Party, governors of the party and other stakeholders.
He said, “I am well aware of the fact that my responsibility as the Governor and Chief Security Officer of Osun State entails meeting the legitimate expectations of our people. Therefore, I promise that those expectations of the workers, traders, artisans, farmers, business owners, students, pensioners, traditional and religious leaders and indeed all residents of Osun State will be met by the grace of God and the cooperation of everyone.
“Under my watch as the Governor of Osun State, I will boldly correct all past injustice, corrupt acts or policies by any previous administration which are against the collective interest of our people.
“Let me state here that from the education, health, mining Sector, agriculture, road infrastructure and supply of portable 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.
“Your Governor will be a people’s Governor. I will be accessible, responsive, consultative and proactive in handling small and big matters of State Governance.
“I know that as a product of the collective will of you my people, there is a heavy weight of history on my shoulders and I accept the urgency of your expectations, the depth of your aspirations and your conviction in me to build a better State.”