By Kolawole Olayinka
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has extended his hand of fellowship to his opponents in Saturday’s gubernatorial election, describing them as stakeholders in the Ogun project.
In his acceptance speech during a special broadcast to the people of the state following his re-election, the governor asked them to join hands with him to build the state.
“We are all winners. There are no losers. Our unity is our strength. We therefore have to continue to march forward together,” he added.
Amosun reassured the people of the state that his administration would continue with its policy of non -discrimination against any person based on ethnicity, gender, religion or party affiliation.
“The policies, programmes and projects of our administration in the next four years shall continue to be for the benefit of all. Indeed, we shall pursue with more vigour, determination, honesty of purpose and courage, our five cardinal programmes as contained in our administration’s Mission to Rebuild Ogun State.
“We shall build on the foundation we had earlier laid to make our state one of the most modern and one with the highest standard of living in our country. The focus of our administration will continue to ensure better service delivery to our people. This, I believe, is why you emphatically voted for continuity during the elections.
“However, for us to continue to achieve development for our people, we need all hands on deck. We therefore invite all the good people of Ogun State to continue to join this progressive team that will further solidify development, progress, security and peace in our state,” the governor stated.
Commending the people for performing their civic responsibility in the most peaceful, civilized and orderly manner, Amosun noted that the elections in the state were the best as no incidence of violence was recorded, except for a few incidents of malpractices in some areas.
He also thanked them for their resilience, determination and perseverance, saying “we have all demonstrated that we are truly of Ogun Standard.
“You have once again demonstrated why the entire world has always referred to our State as the “Gateway” to Nigeria’s civilization,” he said.
Amosun, who also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for doing a good job despite the obvious challenges, however, said the ultimate gratitude goes to the Almighty God, who he acknowledged made all these feats possible.