Consider me as custodian of your vision for Ondo State – Akeredolu

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Executive Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has said that he is convinced that the motive of individual aspirants is to strengthen the great All Progressive Congress APC and more importantly, take the dear State to loftier heights as he is delighted to say they all won while consider him as the custodian of their vision for the Sunshine State.

He disclosed this in his acceptance speech after the declaration as the winner of the Ondo State APC Primary on Monday at the International Cultural Centre (The Dome) in Akure, Ondo State, he said “together, we shall move the State forward. Under my watch, we shall witness a more robust, reassuring and rewarding relationship”.

He saluted the courage of his brother aspirants. “They have enriched the contest, no doubt. I must say that I am particularly enamoured by the determination and the industry we all put into this endeavour. All the same, the campaigns preceding this day have been noticeably fraught with mixed feelings. Relationships in some cases may have been bruised and interests hurt.

“In other cases, methods deployed to run these campaigns may not have been pleasant. I plead with all us to leave these in the past and move on. This is more so that, all aspirants, including myself were either victims or indirectly responsible for such unpleasant circumstances. We must find spaces in our hearts to forgive one another”, he said. He added that as a way of engendering unity of purpose and cohesion amongst all party men and women, in a matter of hours. “I shall commence, in an inexorable manner, a process of reconciliation to heal all perceived wounds. We need one another more in the future than now.

He expressed sincere appreciation to Governor, Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and his team for this wonderful outing. “You have displayed a high sense of professionalism and an immeasurable degree of competence. You have demonstrated that a credible electoral system is possible and achievable. The transparency you have exerted today is the platform I intend to leverage upon for reconciliation.

“Please permit me, my brother Governor, to use you as a point of contact to express my profound appreciation to the national leadership of our great Party, especially Mr. President, President Muhammadu Buhari, our National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as well as the National Caretaker Committee led by Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State.

“I would also like to appreciate all Party delegates, starting from the State Party Executives, who came from all the Local Government Areas in the State for their unalloyed support and dedication to this party. I can assure you all, Ondo State is an APC State, together, we shall deliver come October 10”, he said.

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