Samuel Awoyinfa and Gbenga Adeniji
The Afenifere Renewal Group on Sunday congratulated Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on his election as the next governor of Ondo State.
The ARG also saluted the people of the state for what it termed their faith in democracy and election of a new governor in determining the direction of their future as a people.
In a statement by its chairman, Mr. Olawale Oshun, the ARG also praised the candidates of other political parties in the Saturday’s governorship poll for ‘pursuing their ambitions within the ambit of the rule of law.’
The group noted that such maturity and statesmanship were needed to restore the pride of Yorubaland.
“We charge Akeredolu, as the guardian of the people’s mandate, to continuously and consistently prove himself a leader worthy of his people’s trust, by constantly communicating his vision and managing the resources of the state towards the development and wellbeing of Ondo State. We also charge the people to cooperate with the governor-elect and be alert to their civic duties,” the group said.
According to the statement, the ARG is confident that Akeredolu’s administration will prioritise good governance over partisanship, in the noble and progressive tradition of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Chief Adekunle Ajasin, which is the main reason he earned its endorsement.
It further stated, “Most importantly, we are hopeful that in active collaboration with the governors of other South-West states, Akeredolu’s emergence will make easier the pursuit of regional integration, which has already gained credible momentum in our region. We therefore call on other Yoruba governors to embrace him, in the renewed spirit of brotherhood and reconciliation in South-West.”
Also, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has congratulated Akeredolu on his victory in Saturday’s governorship election, saying that the people of the state had made the right choice.
Fayemi, in a congratulatory message signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, said Akeredolu’s victory at the poll was a victory for democracy as well as the people of Ondo State who had long clamoured for change.
The minister said the people had, through their votes, demonstrated their preference for transformative leadership and progressive governance which Akeredolu represented.
He also urged Akeredolu to commence a process of reconciliation aimed at uniting the party in the state.
The minister said he was certain that Akeredolu would run a responsive and people-oriented government.
Noting the keen nature of the contest, Fayemi also saluted the contestants for their maturity that, he said, contributed to the peaceful atmosphere under which the election held.
“Ondo State people deserve to be congratulated on the right choice they have made. They have demonstrated their confidence in Mr. Akeredolu’s ability to take the state to the next level of development and prosperity.
“The state would surely witness greater level of development, judging by Mr. Akeredolu’s pedigree as a highly experienced professional, tested and trusted technocrat and strategic planner,” he added.
In his congratulatory message, the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, said the emergence of Akeredolu would bring economic and infrastructural development to the state.
While congratulating the Ondo State governor-elect, Amosun also commended the people of the state for choosing him and the APC.
He said, “This is one choice that will bring unprecedented progress, infrastructural development as well as social and economic growth to the Sunshine State.
“The victory of Akeredolu in the Ondo polls also portends a good omen for the collective development and progress of the South-West geo-political zone under the progressive socio-political and economic ideals of the APC.”
Amosun, however, urged the governor-elect to see his emergence as an opportunity to unite the entire people of the state, regardless of political affiliation.
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