Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, said on Tuesday, he almost gave up the idea of contesting for public office after his attempts to become governor and Senator in 2003 and 2015 failed .
Abiodun stated this during the Thanksgiving/Praise and Worship session organised by his supporters to celebrate his victory at the governorship election petitions tribunal, The thanksgiving and worship session took place at the June 12 Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, the state capital.
The tribunal had on Saturday upheld Abiodun’s victory in the March 9 governorship election in Ogun State.
The governor noted that he had been taken through a crucible by God in order to prepare him for the task at hand.
He pledged his determination to serve the state diligently and espouse good governance.
He said :“I almost gave up on contesting for and serve in public office, when my attempts to become governor in 2003 and senator in 2015 fell through. I never knew that God is taking through a crucible to prepare for me for this great task.
“Because of this, I have a tripartite agreement between me, God and Ogun people, and I don’t intend to betray trust reposed in me. I am guided by a vision predicated on good governance, and this is I am committed to pursue and deliver to the people”.
On his victory at the tribunal, Abiodun thanked God for shaming his traducers.
He, however, extended hands of partnership to the governorship candidate of Allied Peoples Movement, Adekunle Akinlade, and his supporters to join All Progressives Congress (APC) in order to move the state forward.
The governor, who said his government would run an all-inclusive government, added that all political parties should come together so as to support his agenda to build a better state.
He maintained that his desire is to see people who were not members of APC joining the party for the development of the state.
Abiodun added: “There is definitely a divine agenda here for all we have done and we thank God for what he did to us on Saturday.
“My desire and hope is that those that were not with us by now, they must have seen the hand of God and what we are doing. We say it is not about us, it is about Ogun State. We welcome them to come back home.
“Other parties are joining us day by day; this is the first time in Ogun State that you will hear 1,000 members of PDP declare to APC, among others.
“We want to do something right. So, we encourage everybody that can assist in building our future together to come and join us.”