Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa (born 12 January 1965) is a Nigerian businessman and politician who has served as governor of Ondo State since 2023. He previously served as deputy governor of Ondo State from 2021 to 2023 under Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.[1][2] He is a former commissioner of Niger Delta Development Commission.[3]

Lucky Aiyedatiwa
Governor of Ondo State
Assumed office
27 December 2023
Acting: 13 December 2023 – 27 December 2023
DeputyOlayide Adelami
Preceded byRotimi Akeredolu
13 June 2023 – 7 September 2023
Preceded byRotimi Akeredolu
Succeeded byRotimi Akeredolu
Deputy Governor of Ondo State
In office
24 February 2021 – 27 December 2023
GovernorRotimi Akeredolu
Preceded byAgboola Ajayi
Succeeded byOlayide Adelami
Personal details
Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa

(1965-01-12) 12 January 1965 (age 59)
Ilaje, Western Region (now in Ondo State), Nigeria
Political partyAll Progressive Congress
SpouseOluwaseun Aiyedatiwa
Alma materUniversity of Liverpool
  • Politician
  • businessman

On 13 December 2023, Aiyedatiwa became acting governor following the departure of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on medical leave.[4] He had previously served as acting governor from June to September 2023 when Akeredolu was on medical leave.

Early life


Aiyedatiwa was born on 12 January 1965, he hails from Obe-Nla,[5] an oil-bearing community in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State.



Lucky had his Primary education at Saint Peter's UNA (now FAC) Primary School, Obe Nla/Obe Adun in Ilaje LGA of Ondo State between 1970 and 1976. He had his secondary education at Ikosi High School, Ketu, Lagos, 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 SchoolPan 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.



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. 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[6] which he established in 1996 which includes; Blue Wall Nigeria Ltd, a Trading Company, Blue Wall BDC Nigeria Ltd,[7] a Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) licensed foreign exchange trading company and Blue Wall Safety Travels and Tours,[8] an IATA licensed Travel Agency and Logistic Company.

Early political career


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[9] for Ilaje/Ese-Odo Federal Constituency in 2015 Presidential and National Assembly General Election.

Niger Delta Development Commission


Aiyedatiwa served as the federal commissioner who represented Ondo State on the Board of Niger Delta Development Commission from 2018 to 2019.[10]

Ondo State Government


He was selected as the running mate of the governor of Ondo State Rotimi Akeredolu in the 2020 Ondo State gubernatorial election.[11][12][13]

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.[14]

Aiyedatiwa became acting governor of Ondo State on 13 December 2023, as Akeredolu left for end-stage leukaemia treatment.[15] He was previously acting governor from June to September 2023 when Akeredolu was on medical leave.



On 27 December 2023, Akeredolu died and Aiyedatiwa was sworn in as governor.[16][17]


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  2. ^ "'Compete fairly' | The Nation Nigeria". Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Akeredolu picks Lucky Aiyedatiwa, ex-NDDC commissioner, as running mate". TheCable. 29 July 2020. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Akeredolu embarks on another medical leave, hands over to deputy". The Cable. 12 December 2023. Retrieved 12 December 2023.
  5. ^ "SUNSHINETRUTH". Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Meet Akeredolu Running mate: Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa »". Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Central Bank of Nigeria | All Financial Institutions | Bluewall Bureau De Change Limited". Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Blue Wall Nigeria Limited". Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Ilaje poll: Farukanmi urges APC chieftains to reconcile". Latest Nigeria News, Nigerian Newspapers, Politics. 1 March 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Senate confirms Buhari's three NDDC board nominees". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  11. ^ "Ondo Election: Akeredolu Names Aiyedatiwa As Running Mate". Channels Television. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  12. ^ "Ondo poll: Akeredolu picks Ayedatiwa as running mate". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  13. ^ "Akeredolu unveils Aiyedatiwa as running mate, inaugurates Otetubi, Francis as new cabinet members". Ondo State Radiovision Corporation. 2 July 2020. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  14. ^ "Akeredolu, new deputy sworn in for second term". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 25 February 2021. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  15. ^ "BREAKING: Akeredolu proceeds on medical leave, transfers power to deputy". Vanguard. 12 December 2023. Retrieved 12 December 2023.
  16. ^ "Lucky Aiyedatiwa sworn in as Ondo governor". Vanguard. 27 December 2023. Retrieved 27 December 2023.
  17. ^ "JUST IN: Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo governor, dies at 67". The Cable. 27 December 2023. Retrieved 27 December 2023.