The Ogun Governor-elect on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dapo Abiodun, has confirmed that the race for the position was never a child’s play.
According to him, though “the race was tough, the challenge was tasking, the odds were 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.”
Dapo Abiodun, who faced tough challenges from the outgoing governor, Ibikunle Amosun, who is in the same APC, said that after all that had happened, he bears no grudges against the governor.
The governor-elect, who delivered his victory speech today, Monday, at a news conference in Iperu, said that he took the position in spite of Amosun’s antagonism and hostility towards him in the build-up to the Saturday’s elections.
“I never uttered any negative words against Amosun nor exhibited any form of anger towards him throughout the period of the campaigns.
“My desire and priority are to serve the people of Ogun sacrificially and this is what is uppermost in my heart.
“That desire is beyond any personality and I have learnt through the experience of the campaign period that if a man is humble, keeps hope alive and resilient in the face of opposition and discouragement, he will eventually be victorious.
“Campaigns and elections are now over and it is time to start the real business of governance,”
Amosun, who is a leader of the APC in the state, had rejected Abiodun after his (Abiodun’s) emergence as the party’s flag bearer from the election primaries conducted by representatives of the APC’s National Working Committee (NWC).
Subsequently, the governor declared support for his anointed candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, who later contested on the platform of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).