Without an infinitesimal of doubt, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has taken an audacious step by transmiting power to his somewhat taciturn and vibrant Deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, a step that has been well applauded by keen political watchers and apparently downplayed by the Flotsam and Jetsam that have emplaced themselves into the helms of affairs.
The emergence of Aiyedatiwa as an Acting Governor was greeted by sheer propangada, destructive criticisms, and smear campaign which was linked to his marriage, deliberately to paint him horrible before those who believed in his impeccable leadership.
Sponsored media attacks was not left behind by these ironically ‘loyal’ big guns who simple perceived ‘Orimisan’ to be fast becoming fortunate and may eventually take the stage. Truthfully, only God knows who will finish the journey, but Aketi will finish race successfully because he has been divinely ordained to finish well and to even install his successor for continuity, so why the erroneously held perception?
Despite the seeming loyalty Aiyedatiwa paid in the absence of his boss, they crucified him like sinless Jesus, they spat lies, crowned him the Chief Betrayal of the Universe, just because of their own interest. Governor Akeredolu, an altruistic man, nevertheless acted selflessly but the Lieutenants exhibiting feigned loyalty didn’t take a cue from Aketi.
Our Talk and Do Governor Akeredolu who picked Aiyedatiwa after the Agboola Ajayi’s cacophonous hassle, didn’t goofed, owing to the unassailable fact that the Governor doesn’t want a repetition of those scenes that shook the entire State.
Meanwhile, as a core Omoluabi, Lucky who is not hapless remained unperturbed with the dark moment because his unwavering loyalty is conspicuously noticeable to the political class who understands the undertone and the scheming.
To the surprise of all and sundry, there is no lacuna in governance as Ayedatiwa is seriously giving full attention to state functions and other official activities. it is as smooth as when Osinbajo transiently held sway as the Acting President while the immediate past President, Muhammadu Buhari was away.
Aiyedatiwa has proven to be honest and loyal despite a swelling tide of criticism. As Acting Governor, the Sunshine State is at peace. The State has not been in the news for negative reasons. During this brief stint, the controversies surrounding the Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) was stemmed with amicable resolutions. He did well by encouraging Omoyeni Joy who performed well in last WASSCE. Even the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is at peace with huge activities going on in the party. The aforementioned, of course is a tour de force for Aiyedatiwa.
It is important to remind us that Lucky Aiyedatiwa’s journey to becoming the Deputy Governor of Ondo State is a testament to his diverse career and unwavering commitment to public service. He began his career as an Inventory/Store Officer at Scoa Assembly Plant Plc. in Apapa, Lagos, in 1982. Over the years, he ventured into various roles, including serving as an Assistant Head Teacher at Reliance International Schools, Ibadan, in 1987, and working as a Marketing Officer at Universal Pharmaceutical Supply Co. Ltd, Ikeja, Lagos, in 1990. In 1992, he assumed the position of an Assistant Investment Analyst at Global Trust Limited, Gbagada, Lagos, showcasing his versatility in different sectors.
In 1996, Lucky Aiyedatiwa founded the Blue Wall Group of Companies, a testament to his entrepreneurial spirit. This group 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. His success in the business world demonstrates his ability to navigate complex economic landscapes.
Aiyedatiwa’s foray into politics commenced in 2011 when he became a card-carrying member of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). He continued his political journey as the ACN merged with other parties to form the All Progressive Congress (APC). Aiyedatiwa’s commitment to his party was evident when he represented Ondo State as one of the National Delegates at the APC National Convention in Abuja in 2014.
In 2015, he ventured into electoral politics by contesting for the federal House of Representatives for Ilaje/Ese-Odo Federal Constituency during the Presidential and National Assembly General Election. Although he did not emerge victorious, this experience marked his determination to serve the people of Ondo State in various capacities.
Deputy Governorship and Achievements:
Lucky Aiyedatiwa’s most significant political role came in his appointment as the Deputy Governor of Ondo State. His tenure has been characterized by a remarkable commitment to maintaining unity and stability in the state. One of his notable achievements has been ensuring the harmony of the state’s cabinet, a feat that has contributed to the state’s overall development.
Aiyedatiwa’s appointment as the Federal Commissioner representing Ondo State on the Board of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) from 2018 to 2019 also showcased his dedication to the betterment of his state and the region at large.
Lucky Aiyedatiwa’s journey from the business world to the political arena is a testament to his unwavering commitment to public service and the betterment of Ondo State. His ability to maintain unity and stability within the state’s political landscape is commendable. As Deputy Governor, he has left an indelible mark on Ondo State, and his contributions to the development and harmony of the state deserve recognition and applause. Lucky Aiyedatiwa stands as a symbol of dedication, resilience, and progress in Nigerian politics.
Written by Adeyeri Stephen Kunle (ASK) from Federal Capital Territory Abuja.