#Ondodecides: Governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu, has given a speech after he received his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission in Akure.
A Senior Advicate of Nigeria and Governor-elect of Ondo State, OluWhatuneimi Odunayo Akeredolu, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who emerged the winner during the state’s gubernatorial election over the past weekend, has been issued the Certificate of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday morning.
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Below is an acceptance speech made by the governor-elect after he received the CoR from INEC in Akure, Ondo State.
All Protocols observed.
I thank you all for coming to witness this solemn occasion that is being marked by this brief ceremony. Twice this great party has spoken and twice I have answered.
From all the 18 local government areas, I thank you. I thank all the women of Ondo state, all the youths and all the men of Ondo state. I thank all members of our great Party, the APC. Today you have all voted for change and your foresight has laid a solid platform for the liberation of our people. I accept this Honour to serve as Governor, this call to duty, this divine responsibility to lead you wonderful people. I accept this victory with every sense of humility and responsibility. I thank you.
I cannot thank enough, my fellow compatriots during this election, who had a separate conviction and voted elsewhere. They took the guts to answer the call of democracy to make a choice. I believe it is these resounding voices that have created this worthy moment which is making this victory real and refreshing. I thank you.
Today’s victory is of God through the good people of Ondo state. It is not for me or APC alone. It is a victory for the people of Ondo state, irrespective of which side of the divide you stood during the election. For me it is a call to service and a challenge to perform. Although we all had different points of view before the election but today, as members of one strong, vibrant and indivisible Ondo state family, we are all united and resolute with one single objective to save our beloved Ondo state.
With this new dawn, it is now time to rediscover and reinvent ourselves. It is time to find what we lost, to rescue this land and its people from the myriad of poverty and pains which daily assail their lives. As patriots, it is now time to unite and revamp our fortunes.
As Governor, we will take deliberate and decisive steps to optimally harness our overall potential for greatness, prosperity, peace and stability. YES WE WILL.
I cannot end this speech without sincerely thanking INEC for conducting a free, fair, transparent and credible election in our state. It is clear that this INEC means business in sanitizing our electoral process and strengthening democracy. I like to put it on record that in this election, we witnessed and confirm an INEC that is truly responsible and independent.
May I also specially thank the security agencies, particularly the Police, DSS, Army and Navy as well as the para military agencies for true service to our fatherland. The conduct of these security agencies during this election shows me that this country can be greater if we want it to be.
For everything there is a time. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to weep and a time to rejoice. A time to sow and a time to reap. A time to campaign for vote and a time to Govern.
Ondo state people have voted for me as Governor for the a tenure of four years starting from February 25th 2017, the ball is now in my court to provide leadership that will take our people from a place of poverty and stagnation unto the path of hope and irreversible progress. This I will do so help me God.
Thank you ladies and gentlemen.