Governor Rotimi Akeredolu said that winning Ondo election is a challenge to his administration by the “electorates for re-dedication to service in their interest.”
mNaija.com reports that Governor Akeredolu spoke at his Owo country home residence shortly after being declared winner of Saturday’s governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Ondo Governor noted that the renewal of his mandate was an eloquent testimony to the degree of acceptance by the people and affirmed that the confidence reposed in his administration remained unshaken, this was even as he promised not to relent in making the people the centre of his administration.
Governor Akeredolu stressed that his victory at the Saturday polls it was a statement on the people’s assessment of his performance in the last three and a half years.
“It is unequivocal, direct, inspiring and soul lifting. It is awesome. It is a reward for hard work, dedication, focus, honesty and patriotism. It is also a challenge to us for rededication to service in the interest of our people. On this, we shall not relent,” the re-elected Governor said.
He continued: “The resounding victory of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), throws an open challenge to all stakeholders not to choose the path of complacency.
“We have noted the few dissenting voices of protest in this referendum. We heard them loud and clear. We intend to address genuine grievances. We shall continue to focus on the development of our God-given space, the Sunshine State.
“This Administration will not be distracted in the discharge of our sacred mandate. The people will continue to be at the centre of all decisions.
“We will proceed with our administrative style which promotes transparency and accountability. We are determined to set our State, progressively, on the path of real development. Self-reliance is attainable.
“Our State has no business with poverty. Sincere, purposeful and focused leadership should have little difficulty in harnessing the vast resources, both human and natural. We will put in everything to justify the trust reposed in us.”
The Ondo Governor particularly congratulated PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, for participating in the election, adding that Eyitayo’s patriotism was not in doubt. He described Eyitayo’s love for the people as unassailable.
Governor Akeredolu further commended INEC for conducting what he said was a free, fair and credible election.
Meanwhile, members of the All Progressives Congress National Campaign Council led by Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, were at his residence when the results were announced and Akeredolu declared winner. Others present were former Ogun Governor Ibikunle Amosun; Osun Governor Gboyega Oyetola and their Kogi counterpart, Yahaya Bello amongst others.
On the other hand, residents of Owo trooped to his residence with drums and bands to celebrate the victory.