Leke Baiyewu and Ramon Oladimeji
the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Sunday congratulated the Governor-elect of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), on his victory in the Saturday governorship election in the state.
Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said Akeredolu’s victory did not come to him as a surprise going by the All Progressives Congress candidate’s credentials and years of preparedness for the business of governance.
He urged the governor-elect “to be magnanimous in victory by ensuring that he works with all relevant stakeholders in the task of moving the state to the next level.”
The Senate President specifically urged Akeredolu to fully deploy his wealth of experience garnered over many years in private legal practice in running the affairs of the state.
Saraki also lauded the security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission for the peaceful conduct of the election, while thanking the people of Ondo for voting the APC.
He said, “The people of Ondo have made a clear choice by voting for the APC. I can only assure the good people of Ondo that the APC and its standard bearer have all it takes to wipe away your tears and provide you the dividends of democracy that have hitherto eluded you.
“With Akeredolu on the saddle of governance, I have no doubt that the state will soon witness unparalleled development both socially, economically and politically.
“Ondo could not have made a better choice than Akeredolu.”
Ambode in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, also congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC and the people of Ondo State on the outcome of the election.
The governor specially congratulated Akeredolu on his hard fought victory and wished him well “as you prepare to take the mantle of leadership of the Ondo State.”
He also urged the governor-elect to use his tenure to forge ahead with the quest to unite the Yoruba nation especially through regional integration and economic transformation of the South-West geo-political zone.
Ambode also congratulated the Ondo electorate for comporting themselves peacefully throughout the period of the election, while urging those aggrieved with the result to channel their grievances to the appropriate quarters rather than resort to self help.
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