The incumbent governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, has stated that all his antagonists during the race to mantle the position of leadership.l have been forgiven.
Mallam Olawale Rasheed, the spokesperson to the governor stated this in a statement on Thursday, May 11, 2023.
According to the statement, Senator Adeleke disclosed the pardon on his monarchial visit to the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olaonipekun and Timi of Ede, Oba Munirudeen Adesola Lawal shortly after the final verdict on his victory as the elected governor with the majority vote by the apex court in Nigeria.
“I’m now a Governor for all. For those who didn’t vote for me, I have no grudges against them. That’s the beauty of democracy. I have forgiven all those that offended me in our quest to serve our people. Even though some went overboard, engaged in an overbearing attitude and were destructive towards the cause we believed in. All those have now been left behind. The victory God granted us has overwhelmed whatever anybody might have done to me in the past. The goal now is how to move Osun forward,” the statement reads.
While at the palaces, the governor with his entourage commends the two monarchs for their fatherly supports for the entire family of Adeleke.
The governor added by assuring the two monarchs that he will never disappoint the trust the people have had in him and continue to strive to make Osun better than he met it with infrastructural development springing up across the state.
“They initially said most of the applaudable projects we embarked on when we started our administration was because of the 2023 general election, but interestingly, we’ve never stopped delivering on projects in the state so far.
“I want to assure our royal fathers and the good people of Osun that distraction is over. We will not disappoint you. We have the authority and power now, we will use it justly for the progress of this state and welfare of the people,” Adeleke said.
Reacting to the governor’s remark, the two traditional rulers affirmed their endorsement for the continuity his governance beyond a term.
“With the sound footing Governor Adeleke had started his administration, it has given a clear signal of a departure from the past and a brilliant outcome of what to expect.
“You have started your administration brilliantly and I’m impressed with the steps you’re taking each day in the delivery of good governance for the people of our state. With my royal authority, I hereby endorse you for another term in office and a continuity of the government you’re heading in the state,” said the Ataoja.
Also reacting, the Laminisa of Ede praised God for the eventual victory and then further extended the appreciation to Ede people, all citizens of the state and all pivotal stakeholders for their strong backing for Governor Adeleke.
“I charge you to increase the tempo of the good works you’ve started because of diverse and huge expectations of people and I’m certain you will deliver because you have started well.
“I want you to be the father of a Governor for eight years of two consecutive uninterrupted terms. By this, I will continually be giving constant reminders of what to be done and what’s best for the people, that will ensure the reality of this. No matter the challenges, your government will succeed and your continuity in office is certain. You have my royal endorsement for your administration,” the monarch added.