The Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Josiah Majebi, yesterday, swore in Ahmed Usman Ododo as the 5th civilian governor of the state.
Ododo, who was sworn-in at the Muhammadu Buhari Civic Centre, took the oath of office and allegiance at 2:25pm after his deputy, Elder Joel Salifu Oyibo, who had earlier taken his turn at 2:18pm.
Vice President Kashim Shettima represented President Ahmed Bola Tinubu at the occasion.
The governor immediately after oath taking took the salute and review of parade.
Speaking afterward, he eulogized his immediate predecessor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, for giving him the opportunity to govern Kogi.
The governor promised that the state under his administration will be made a hub for economic growth in line with Tinubu’s economic policies. Ododo urged the people of Kogi to stem the tide of greed and be prepared to make hard choices, with unity and cooperation, saying it is a new dawn for the people.
The governor assured that he would work to meet with the yearnings and aspirations of the people as “the era of politics of bitterness is over”.
“There would no longer be politics of bitterness in the state as thought us by President Ahmed Bola Tinubu. I urge all the people of the State to join hands with me in building a virile Kogi State”, Ododo said.
“I will build on the solid foundation of unity existing in the state. I will strive not to undermine the trust placed on him to lead the people of the state. “I promise to govern with the fear of God, fairness, equity and justice”.
He urged the people to choose unity, togetherness while affirming his will to pursue their full measure of happiness, without tribal or ethnicity that binds the people together.