By Emmanuel Oladesu, Deputy Editor, Bisi Oladele and Osagie Otabor
Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Tuesday commenced reconciliation with former aspirants hours after he clinched the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket.
He described his triumph as a collective success.
He hailed his co-contenders for his or her gallantry, love for the occasion and dedication, and urged them to crew up with him to retain the state for the ruling occasion.
Akeredolu, whose acceptance speech was hailed as conciliatory, mentioned he wanted the enter and assist of the aspirants to win the October 10 election.
Shortly after selecting the ticket, the governor launched into the unfinished enterprise of reconciliation by reaching out to the ex-aspirants and different stakeholders.
He visited the contenders, together with Chief Olusola Oke, Ambassador Sola Iji and Isaac Kekemeke, of their houses. The governor was accompanied by occasion chairman Ade Adetimehin, Secretary to the State Authorities Temidayo Oluwatuyi and Chief of Employees Gbenga Ale.
The aspirants additionally reciprocated his olive department by pledging their assist for his victory within the basic election within the curiosity of the occasion and of Ondo State.
Delivering his acceptance speech on the Ondo State Worldwide Cultural and Occasions Centre, Akure venue of the first, Akeredolu described the aspirants as skilled generals main the troops for state’s growth.
He mentioned their participation enriched the race, including that every one of them have been winners.
Akeredolu, received the first with a large margin, polling 2,458 votes to defeat eight different aspirants that participated within the major. He received in all of the 18 councils. Oke got here a distant second with 262 votes. Trailing him was Kekemeke,who garnered 19 votes. Ambassador Olusola Iji polled 9 votes. Olayide Adelami and Nathaniel Adojutelegan polled 4 votes every whereas Mrs. Jumoke Anifowose scored two votes.
Three aspirants, Jimi Odimayo, Ifeoluwa Oyedele and Segun Abraham, stepped down for Akeredolu.
Declaring Akeredolu winner of the first, the chairman of the election committee, Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello, mentioned a complete of three,016 delegates have been accredited whereas whole votes forged stood at 2,793. Of the quantity, 2, 760 votes have been legitimate whereas 33 have been voided.
The victory coincided with the birthday of the governor. His spouse, Betty, marked her’s on Monday as the first kicked off, Akeredolu marked his on the day he was declared winner.
The governor mentioned profitable the first was difficult, promising to not betray the boldness reposed in him by the occasion.
Akeredolu mentioned: “All the identical, the campaigns previous at the present time have been noticeably fraught with combined emotions. Relationships in some instances could have been bruised and pursuits damage. In different instances, strategies deployed to run these campaigns could not have been nice. I plead with all us to depart these prior to now and transfer on. That is extra in order that, all aspirants, together with myself have been both victims or not directly liable for such disagreeable circumstances. We should discover areas in our hearts to forgive each other.
He added: I’m satisfied that our particular person pursuits have been pushed by the altruistic motivation to strengthen our nice occasion and extra importantly, take our pricey State to loftier heights.
“Subsequently, I discover it pleasant to say right here and now, that now we have all received collectively. Think about me because the custodian of your imaginative and prescient for the Sunshine State. Collectively, we will transfer the state ahead. Beneath my watch, we will witness a extra strong, reassuring and rewarding relationship.”
A supply mentioned Akeredolu’s go to to his co-aspirants has rekindled the bond of unity in Ondo APC.
At Ambassador Iji’s residence, Akeredolu famous that it was Iji that first referred to as to congratulate him on the end result of the first.
He described Iji as “a celebration particular person to the core.”
After a gathering with Kekemeke, the governor mentioned that they had discussions concerning the occasion and never people, stressing that Ondo State should stay an APC state.
He mentioned: “As you recognize D. I and I are colleagues. We aren’t solely colleagues, however brothers. We’ve spoken frankly. He was frank. We’ve began speaking. We’re speaking about our occasion not about particular person. We’ve had very strong and frank discussions on methods to transfer our occasion ahead and work collectively. Ondo state should stay an APC state.”
Iji mentioned the PDP can be disenchanted by the constructive final result of the reconciliation assembly between the governor and the aspirants.
He mentioned: “Count on consistency from us. Once I was campaigning, I mentioned I had nothing in opposition to his Excellency. I’ve contested in opposition to him and I see his victory as victory for our occasion. Whoever the PDP picks, we are going to beat them foolish.
Additionally declaring assist for Akeredolu, Kekemeke, mentioned he wouldn’t be looking for redress in any court docket of legislation.
The previous Secretary to the State Authorities in a press assertion in Akure maintained that the method resulting in the voting was slanted, skewed and compromised to supply a predetermined end result.
Kekemeke said that the benefits and alternatives that incumbency confer have been overstretched to represent the incumbent into each an umpire and a contestant.
He, nonetheless, mentioned the “delegates have spoken clearly and so be it,” including that he wished Akeredolu effectively.
Kekemeke mentioned he was happy that his marketing campaign group, “Lekeleke Motion” has been adjudged, acknowledged and applauded for working a good, issue-based, knowledge-driven, strategically distinctive and inducement-free marketing campaign regionally, nationally and even internationally.
Kekemeke added: “Just like the Governor mentioned, now we have spoken very frankly and I’m joyful that he tolerated my frankness. I’ve mentioned I’ll work with him. I shall not be going to any occasion or court docket. I’ll work exhausting to see that Ondo stays an APC state. ”
Additionally, the Ondo APC Aspirants’ Discussion board (APC’AF) has counseled the occasion for organising a hitch-free major.
Its Coordinator Commander Tunde Giwa-Daramola (retd) in a press release congratulated Akeredolu.
He mentioned: “We’re elated concerning the profitable conduct of major and we additionally congratulate the governor for choosing the ticket,” he mentioned.
Giwa-Daramola suggested the governor to be magnanimous in victory, urging different aspirants to hitch him in shifting the state ahead.
He added: “The occasion within the state is extremely fragmented and in tatters, the battle is received, however the battle remains to be raging.
Mr Ife Oyedele, Govt Director (Engineering and Technical Companies), Niger Delta Energy Holding Firm Restricted, denied allegations that he collected cash to step down for Governor Akeredolu.
He instructed his supporters in Akure he stepped down for the larger curiosity of the APC and Ondo State.
Oyedele mentioned he had his curiosity within the rebuilding of the APC and unity of the folks throughout the state to make sure financial growth.
“My curiosity is that we should rebuild the APC in Ondo State. We should unite all our folks in order that we are able to guarantee financial growth. We should proceed to work for the curiosity of the folks of the Ondo State.
“Akeredolu has promised that he’ll work to appropriate what he did prior to now. He apologised to all people he could have offended by means of his actions. He has promised to appropriate issues he did prior to now and he has promised to not victimised anyone who didn’t assist his second time period bid. Who needs to go court docket should guarantee success of the occasion.
“We are going to rally residents of Ondo State behind Akeredolu. No chief of the APC will look me within the face and supply me something that’s going to be of my very own profit. I’m a nationwide chief of this occasion. All these within the negotiation desk acknowledged that truth.”
The Southwest and Ondo State All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday congratulated Governor Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) over his victory on the major.
The zonal chapter, led by Pastor Bankole Oluwajana, wished him a much bigger victory on the October election.
Additionally, Ondo State chapter, led by Ade Adetimehin, lauded the governor and the Main Committee chaired by Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello for conducting a clear, peaceable and provoking shadow ballot.
An announcement by the Southwest APC Publicity Secretary, Chief Karounwi Oladapo, congratulated the Nationwide Caretaker Committee, led by Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni for recording a serious feat by means of the peaceable major.
The Ondo State APC Publicity Secretary, Alex Kalejaye, mentioned though a candidate emerged from the clear and rancour-free train, Akeredolu’s victory must be perceived as a collective victory.
Hailing Akeredolu for his success, he urged him to accommodate all tendencies throughout the fold.