ABEOKUTA: Dapo Abiodun, the governor of Ogun State, referred to the state’s election-related legal disputes, which culminated at the Supreme Court on Friday, as needless diversion.
Additionally, the governor pledged to focus on the welfare and well-being of the state’s citizens for the final three and a half years of his term in office.
Governor Abiodun stated this at a thanksgiving service to mark his victory, held at the St. James’ Anglican Church, Iperu, Ikenne Local Government Area.
The governor said the period preceding the court judgement was a great distraction, which he has put behind.
He said: “although this period has brought a lot of distractions, I am relieved it is now behind us, allowing us to fully focus on our unwavering commitment to lead Ogun State to new heights and make it a shining example amongst not just Nigerian states, but other states in Africa.
“With just have three years and four months remaining in our term, we are determined to implement the rest of our sustainable legacies that will create jobs, foster individual prosperity and promote the well-being and welfare of all our citizens.”
He said his administration has made Ogun State one of the two most resilient states in Nigeria by achieving significant economic improvement in four years.
“We are now the number two state in Internally Generated Revenue. This means we can afford to build more roads and more houses. We can also afford to build more schools and do more people’s oriented projects across the state,” he said.
While thanking the people for their support and prayers during the trying period, the governor hinted that his government would soon launch a number of ground breaking initiatives and projects that would have direct impact on the wellbeing of the people.
Governor Abiodun appreciated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for standing by him through thick and thin as well as the All Progressives Congress (APC) for believing in him, saying their unflinching support contributed to the court victory.
“I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, whose unwavering support for me since 2018 has been the bedrock of my journey. I remember his words when I won my election in 2019. He said Dapo, this victory is sweeter than honey and he continues to resonate within me
“I will also like to express my gratitude to the noble jurists of the Supreme Court led by the noble Chief Justice of Nigeria and the panel chair for upholding the rule of law and displaying utmost transparency and diligence in affirming our victory,” he added.
In his sermon, the Bishop of Remo Diocese, Anglican Communion, the Most Reverend Olusina Fape, while congratulating Governor Abiodun, urged him not to take the victory for granted but remain focus and serve the people even better during his second term in office.
Speaking on the topic: “God who has begun a good work will complete it” and taking his text from Philippians 1:3 to 6, the Bishop noted that the governor did well in his first term by touching every parts of the State with developmental projects through the ISEYA mantra.
He urged him not to dwell on the success of the past four years but strive to surpass it so that he would be celebrated at the end of his administration.
According to Bishop Fape, the affordable houses, good road networks, and the airport, which has put the state on the world map of air travels, are highly commendable.
While praying for the success of the second term, the Bishop charged Governor Abiodun not to be distracted but remain focused as there is still a lot of ground to cover.
He advised the governor to trust God to provide a worthy heir who would continue where he left off rather than engaging in combat with political gladiators.
Among those in attendance were former governors, deputy governors, political heavyweights, trade association members, traditional leaders, religious leaders, and captains of industry.
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