Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has described his re-election as the reward for hard work, dedication, focus, honesty and patriotism.
Regent Times reports that Akeredolu was re-elected with 292,830 votes to defeat his closest rival, the PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, who polled 195,791 votes in Ondo State governorship election on Saturday.
Akeredolu made the proclamation in Akure on Sunday shortly after INEC declared him the winner of the election, which he won by a margin of 97,039 votes.
The governor said that his re-election was an indication of the good performance of his administration in the last three and half years.
Akeredolu also said the outcome of the election was an eloquent testimony of his acceptance by the people of Ondo State.
“It affirms that the confidence reposed in our administration remains unshaken. It is also a challenge to us for our rededication to service in the interest of our people. On this, we shall not relent.
“We set out on the first leg of this political adventure with the determination to make the whole state our constituency.
“We have not relented on our mission to bridge the huge infrastructural deficit which we inherited on assumption of office.
“We hold the axiom as evidence that the welfare of the people should be the only justification for the existence of government.
“We have allowed this admonition to be the guiding principle of governance. We are elated to receive a scorecard through this state-wide plebiscite,” he said.
Besides, the governor noted that the few dissenting voices of protest were heard loud and clear, while all genuine grievances would be addressed.
He reaffirmed his commitment to continuing to focus on the development of the state, with the people at the centre of all decisions.
“We will proceed with our administrative style of ensuring transparency and accountability.
“We are determined to set our state, progressively, on the path of real development. Self-reliance is attainable. Our state has no business with poverty.
“Sincere, purposeful and focused leadership should have little difficulty in harnessing the vast resources of our state, both human and natural. We will put in everything to justify the trust reposed in us,” he said.