By Samuel Faleye, Akure
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented Ondo State Governor-elect, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu his certificate of return.
Akeredolu was at the INEC headquarters in Akure, the state capital by his wife, Betty.
Addressing newsmen, Akeredolu, said the victory is not for him or for the All Progressives Congress (APC) alone but for the good people of the state.
He said “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 point 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 state.
“I cannot thank enough, my fellow compatriots during this election, who had a seprate conviction and voted elsewhere.
“They took the gguts 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.”
“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 unit and revamp our fortunes. As governor, we will take deliberate and decisive steps to optically harness our overall potential for greatness, prosperity, peace and stability”m
The governor, however commended the INEC and the security agencies for organising what he described as most credible, transparent, free and fair election.