Lucky Aiyedatiwa Biography, Education, Career Profile & Assumption of Office

Lucky Aiyedatiwa

Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa has assumed office as the executive governor of Ondo state following the death of Rotimi Akeredolu on December 27.

Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa is a Nigerian businessman and politician, born on 12 January 1965 who became governor of Ondo State in 2023 after the demise of Rotimi Akeredolu.

Rotimi Akeredolu died on 27th December 2023 while on medical leave due to  protracted illness that led to his dead, and Lucky Aiyedatiwa assumed office as the Governor of Ondo state

Lucky has previously served as deputy governor of Ondo State from 2021 to 2023 under Governor Rotimi Akeredolu. He is a former commissioner of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

On 12 December 2023, Aiyedatiwa became acting governor following the departure of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on medical leave. He was acting governor from June to September 2023  and between December 12 and 27, when Akeredolu was on medical leave on two different occasions.

Governor Lucky was born on 12th January 1965 and hails from Obe-Nla, Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State.


Career
  • He 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. 
  • In 1990, he was Marketing Officer, Universal Pharmaceutical Supply Co. Ltd, Ikeja, Lagos
  • In 1992, he was an Assistant Investment Analyst, Global Trust Limited, Gbagada, Lagos.
  • In 1994, General Merchandise Manager, Biz Mart Nigeria Limited, Lagos Island, Lagos.
  • 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.

Key Political and Career Profile of Lucky 
  • He 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 served as the federal commissioner who represented Ondo State on the Board of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) from 2018 to 2019.
  • He was selected as the running mate of the governor of Ondo State Rotimi Akeredolu in the 2020 Ondo State gubernatorial election.
  • On Sunday, 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.
  • Lucky Aiyedatiwa became acting governor of Ondo State on 12 December 2023, as governor Akeredolu went on medical leave while undergoing treatment for leukaemia. He was previously acting governor from June to September 2023 when Akeredolu was on medical leave.
  • On Wednesday 27 December, 2023, Lucky becomes the Executive Governor of Ondo state following the death of Rotimi Akeredolu while on medical leave.
Education
Lucky attended Saint Peter's UNA (now FAC) Primary School for its Primary education at Obe Nla/Obe Adun in Ilaje LGA of Ondo State between 1970 and 1976 and proceeded to Ikosi High School, Ketu, Lagos,  for his secondary education in 1982.

In 1986, he obtained Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) in Economics and Government from Lagos State College of Education (now Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education), Ijanikin, Lagos, he later attended University of Ibadan for Advanced Diploma in Business Administration in the year 2001.

He became an alumnus of Lagos Business School – Pan Atlantic University, Lekki, Lagos where he obtained Post Graduate Certification in Chief Executive Education (CEP) in Business Management in 2009. 

In 2013, he obtained a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.


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