Nigerians thought on new governors name.
There have been comments by Nigerians that the new governor of Ondo State is likely the number one citizen of the state today with a reason that is connected to the names given to him by his parent.
The name he bears, Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa are all loaded with deep meaning that suggest fortune, goodness, favour that has been allegedly paving way for him into headship and leadership.
His name, Lucky is already an English word that means favour, fortune and fortunate. Another name, Orimisan is a yoruba name that literally means ‘my head is good’ and Aiyedatiwa means ‘the world is now ours ” or ‘we are now in charge” according to the interpretations made by Nigerians that understands yoruba language.
Nigerians especially the yoruba speaking few and some residents of south west Nigeria feels the governors name has been attracting good fortune over the years considering his life achievements.
Abimbola as he simply identified himself, a yoruba man though living in the northern part of Nigeria said the governor was perhaps deliberately given those names as a means of creating good luck for him in his endeavors in life.
Mrs Toyin, another yoruba speaking lady told TEC News correspondent that the governors name must have been making ways for him while another citizen said;
“Nobody bears such names that wont enjoy good fortune. If you remember, Goodluck Jonathan also rose to power possibly ridding on the meaning of his name. If the Ondo state Governor failed in life, he should have been told to kneel down and raise his two hands up”. Abdul who hails from Kogi state but speaks yoruba fluently said to TEC News correspondent on Friday.
Governor Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, the current Executive Governor of Ondo State was born 12 January 1965. He is a Nigerian businessman and politician who has served as Deputy Governor of Ondo State since 2021 till 2023 under the former Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu who is now late. He previously served as acting governor before the demise of the his former boss, Rotimi Akeredolu.
Aiyedatiwa worked as an Inventory/Store Officer at Scoa Assembly Plant Plc. Apapa, Lagos, between 1982 and 1983. In 1987 he was Assistant Head Teacher at Reliance International Schools, Ijokodo, Ibadan. He became Marketing Officer at Universal Pharmaceutical Supply Co. Ltd, Ikeja, Lagos in the year 1990. In 1992, he was an Assistant Investment Analyst. Global Trust Limited, Gbagada, Lagos, he was General Merchandise Manager, Biz Mart Nigeria Limited, Lagos Island, Lagos, 1994.
He is the MD/CEO of Blue Wall Group of Companies which he 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.
Aiyedatiwa served as the Federal Commissioner who represented Ondo State on the Board of Niger Delta Development Commission from 2018 to 2019.
In regard to his early political career, Governor Lucky joined active politics in 2011 as a card-carrying member of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) which later merged with other political parties and became All Progressive Congress (APC). He was one of the National Delegates from Ondo State at the All Progressive Congress (APC) National Convention at Abuja in 2014. He contested for the Federal House of Representative for Ilaje/Ese-Odo Federal Constituency in 2015 Presidential and National Assembly General Election.
He was selected as the running mate of the governor of Ondo State Rotimi Akeredolu in the 2020 Ondo State gubernatorial election.
On 11 October 2020, Akeredolu and Aiyedatiwa were elected governor and Deputy Governor of Ondo State as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
On 25 February 2021, they were sworn into office as governor and deputy governor of Ondo State respectively.
Aiyedatiwa became acting governor of Ondo State on 12 December 2023, as Akeredolu left for end-stage leukaemia treatment. He was previously acting governor from June to September 2023 when Akeredolu was on medical leave.
The death of Akeredolu occured on 27 December 2023, Aiyedatiwa was sworn in as governor.