Newly sworn-in Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has revealed the role played by President Muhammadu Buhari in his emergence as governor of his state.
Akeredolu who made this revelation while delivering his inaugural speech in Akure on Friday, stressed that his emergence was based on the “steely disposition of the President to always stand against all acts not in consonance with decency, probity and justice.”
In the inaugural speech, the former NBA President said, “Humbled by the uncommon kindness of the Almighty God and an unequivocal expression of preference by the good people of Ondo State, exemplified by the victory of our great party at the last gubernatorial election, I am extremely delighted to share with you all the joy of this day of glory.
“We are grateful to Almighty God for granting this state such a beautiful day and a beautiful moment like this.
“I thank the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and leader of our great party, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, for his leadership and unwavering stance to support what is just and noble.
“Today’s celebration would, perhaps, have been impossible without his steely disposition to always stand against all acts not in consonance with decency, probity and justice.”
Akeredolu also applauded the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Oyegun for his “lofty principles and doggedness” which also contributed to his victory.
Praising Oyegun, the new Ondo state governor said: “And special reverence must be reserved for our indefatigable party chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, whose strict adherence to lofty principles and doggedness laid the foundation for our resounding victory at the polls.
“This exemplary leader behaved like a true elder, whose sagely presence in the village square not only professed rectitude but acted it, resolutely, affirming nobility of the human spirit.
“Our party benefitted, tremendously, from his vast experience in public service. We are eternally grateful. The verdict of history shall be kind to him,” Akeredolu opined.