The Governor-elect in Ogun state, Prince Adedapo Abiodun, has assured that his administration would work collectively with the people in order to drive positive changes in the state.
Abiodun was declared winner of the governorship election in the state on Sunday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after polling 241, 670 votes to defeat Allied Peoples Movement (APM) governorship candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, who polled 222, 153 votes.
In his acceptance speech on Monday in his home town Iperu Remo, Ikenne Local Government Area of the state, Abiodun appreciated the efforts of the people for voting for him and promised to take the state to the promise land.
“Anger does not have a place in my heart. I believe the people of Ogun State have spoken and so be it. The governorship journey wasn’t because of Amosun or Abiodun but about the people of Ogun State and so, that was why I kept telling the people of Ogun State to vote for us. It is purely about the state,” he said.
“Our people in Ogun East felt it is the time for us to produce the next governor and that was what Otunba Daniel worked for.”
“In 2002, during the gubernatorial primaries that produced Daniel as PDP candidate for the 2003 election, I came second to OGD and so, Daniel felt since I supported him then, he should reciprocate the gesture and that was what he did.
“Though the race was tough, the challenge tasking, the odds enormous and the obstacles were many, but to God be all the glory for this divine victory which is for all the good people of Ogun.
“Campaigns and elections are now over and it is time to start harnessing the huge God-given human and natural resources of our State, for rapid development for the overall interest and benefits of our people.
“To my fellow contestants, we have all participated to the best of our abilities in vying for the exalted office, which can only be occupied by one person at a time.
“I therefore, most humbly, and unconditionally, extend my hand of fellowship to my compatriots from other parties, and indeed, all those who contested with me at the APC primaries for the party ticket, which I won.
“Like our slogan during the campaign, “Igbega Ipinle Ogun, ajose gbogbo wa ni”. The development of Ogun State is the collective duty of all. With the love of Ogun in our hearts, we all have something to offer and our government will be more than willing to take the benefits of shared knowledge and experience.
“Our government, your government, shall give Ogun State a focused and qualitative governance that is responsive, open and accountable to the people.
“For rapid industrialization and infrastructural development, we will proactively create and promote the enabling environment for a public private sector partnership, which is fundamental to the creation of an enduring economic development and the individual prosperity of Ogun people.
“We shall also focus on development of agriculture and rural roads in order to increase the output of food and cash crops, create wealth for real farmers and ease the movement of farm produce to the markets within and outside the state while generating revenue.
“The local government administration is the closest to the people and we will return relevance to this third tier of government in Ogun State and create a beneficial synergy that will quicken the pace of development in our local government areas.
“Ogun State is well blessed with resources heavily deposited across the state. We shall explore these resources in the overall interest of our people. We will run a government of all and for all. A government that will fair and equitable in the spread of infrastructural development goal across the state.
“We shall place a premium on human capital development of the generality of our people, including workers and civil servants. For us, our people shall be first in governance.”