I would not have been elected, if men were God, says Abiodun, Ogun Gov-elect


Ogun State Governor-elect, Dapo Abiodun, has said that he was part of the process that led to the emergence of both Gbenga Daniel and Ibikunle Amosun as governors in the state.

Abiodun said he played major roles between 2003, when Daniel emerged governor of the state, and 2011 when Amosun succeeded him.

He said this on Sunday during a thanksgiving service held at St. James Anglican Church, Iperu-Remo, Ogun State.

The governor-elect said he would not have been elected, if men were God.

He said, “In the 90s when I came back from the university, I offered to serve the people of Ogun State as a Senator. Unfortunately, the Head of State died and that was all.

“I contested for governorship primaries with Otunba Gbenga Daniel in 2003. I came second in that contest.

“Immediately after the primaries, I joined Otunba Gbenga Daniel and campaigned for him. Eventually, he became governor.

“Again in 2011, I joined hands with the incumbent governor to win the election. In 2015, I offered to become a Senator, but I was not successful in that race.

“I was pained and heartbroken, but I did not give up because something continued to tell me that I had a vision which had yet to be accomplished.”

Abiodun described his electoral victory as a gift from God and promised to run a transparent government when he assumes office on May 29, adding that he would encourage Public-Private Partnership to drive quick development to the state.

“I want to assure you that we would lead an equitable and a transparent government which will create a public, private partnership for all.

“Yesterday (Saturday), I was with one of the paramount rulers in the state to thank him for his support and that which was rendered by his people and he said to me that, even the leaves are singing and dancing over your victory.”

Earlier, the Anglican Archbishop of Lagos and Bishop of Remo, Most Rev Olusina Fape, described Abiodun’s victory as the Lord’s doing.

Fape, who spoke on the theme, “It is God who gives good gifts, including the gifts of destiny helpers,” urged the governor-elect to appoint men of good reputation to his cabinet.

He also urged him to respect his political party structure, warning him against neglecting the party leaders.

“The Dapo Abiodun I know is not coming to government to steal or build a house. I was the one that dedicated his house in Iperu and I think that is enough for a well-brought-up person,” he said.


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