The joy of the crowd that filled the ancient Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Liberty Road, Ibadan, knew no bounds as they witnessed the inauguration of Engr. Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde and Engr Rauf Aderemi Olaniyan as the new governor and deputy governor of Oyo State.
The stadium was filled almost to capacity by 7am such that by the time the new governor arrived at around 10am, he was unable to get to the arena for about one hour. Security operatives had a herculean task of clearing the way for the governor.
The governor, also known as ‘Omi Tuntun’, clad in a simple light blue ‘Agbada’, with a deep blue cap to match, with his wife, Tamunominni, also in blue, were very calm but obviously happy.
Makinde, who was touched by the plight of teachers in the state declared, “I donate my entire salary to the Teachers Pension Fund”, stressing that he would not dwell on the past but would focus on the future for the benefit of the residents of the state.
Declaring that his administration would definitely make some uncomfortable decisions, he, however, noted that such decisions would be fair and just, stressing that people should hold him accountable for whatever happens during his administration.
Makinde promised to run a progressive administration, stressing that he would consult with his predecessors if there was a need to do so.