By Aiyedun Olorunwa
The National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has charged members of his party to ensure they established a progressive government.
He gave this charge yesterday in his special congratulatory message to the re-elected governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu.
He said, “I congratulate Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) for his well-deserved re-election as Governor of Ondo State. This victory in a peaceful, free, and fair process is a testament to Governor Akeredolu’s sterling first term performance and an affirmation of the confidence reposed in him by the people of Ondo”.
The former Governor of Lagos State said in his first term, Governor Akeredolu erected important structures, embarked upon road infrastructure and focused on projects like the Ore Industrial Hub in a bid to create empowerment and employment for the people, adding that it was now incumbent on him to repay the people’s faith by building on the achievements of his first term and bringing further tangible improvement to the lives of the people of his state.
This statement read further, “I also congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari, our party’s governors and all the members of the APC in Ondo State and beyond. I wish, also, to congratulate Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Chairman of our party’s National Campaign Council for the Ondo election, for his excellent work in support of his brother-governor’s campaign.
Governor Akeredolu’s re-election has demonstrated what a united and cooperative APC can do when working together to advance our party’s progressive agenda. The reconciliation we spearheaded ensured we had a united APC, which worked towards achieving victory in the election. I would be remiss if I fail to thank Baba Ali Olanusi and other members of the now defunct Unity Forum for their commitment to the party and for so firmly believing in what we stand for. I also commend all the governorship aspirants who came to endorse Governor Akeredolu for a second term including Chief Olusola Oke, Mr. Isaac Kekemeke, Dr. Segun Abraham, Chief Ifeoluwa Oyedele, Chief Olubukola Adetula, Jimi Odimayo, Ambassador Olusola Iji and Mr. Olaide Owolabi Adelami. I elected to mention them by name for they deserve our accolades and even more.
Same with former Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Ifedayo Sunday Abegunde aka Abena, who came back to us and worked assiduously for Governor Akeredolu’s re-election. We cannot thank them enough. The battle is not over with the re-election of Governor Akeredolu. We must strive to establish a progressive government where we are capable of doing so.
I urge Governor Akeredolu to be magnanimous in victory and extend his hand of fellowship to those who contested against him. I commend all the parties and candidates that took part in the election particularly the PDP and ZLP candidates for putting up a spirited fight in the spirit of democracy.
With the election over, it is now time to rally round the governor to move the state forward towards its full potential”.