Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, on Wednesday, named Mr Lucky Ayedatiwa from Ondo South Senatorial District, as his running mate in the Oct. 10 governorship election in the state.
The governor made the disclosure in Akure during the swearing-in of Mr Idowu Otetubi and Mr Summy-Smart Francis as the Commissioner for Natural Resources and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Entrepreneurship Development respectively.
Akeredolu, who is from Ondo Northern Senatorial District, emerged as the All Progressives Congress (APC) standard-bearer after the primary election held on July 20 in the state.
He explained that the party leaders arrived at the choice of Ayedatiwa as his running mate after wide consultations and consideration of some important factors.
“We have concluded that Mr Orimisan Aiyedatiwa is the appropriate choice, given the prevailing circumstances in the political arena at present.
“This person has been with us since the beginning of this political journey in 2012,” he said.
The governor further assured of his readiness to appoint “more people who are willing to add value to our government, with a view to improving the economy of the state post-COVID-19.”
According to him, anyone, who wishes to contribute to the development of the state, will be encouraged.
Akeredolu also urged the new appointees to make general development of the state their watchwords.
“I have no doubt that they will bring their wealth of experience, both in politics and accountancy, into office for the benefit of the people of the state,” he said.
Responding on behalf of the new appointees, Otetubi thanked the governor and the state government for the opportunity given them to serve.
He also pledged their unflinching commitment to the growth and progress of the state.