I wish Akeredolu, Aiyedatiwa well —Ondo outgoing DGov Agboola

By: Oluwatosin Adesola

The outgoing Deputy Governor of Ondo state, Hon Agboola Ajayi who has been at a loggerhead with his estranged boss, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, today congratulates and wishes him and incoming Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa well in running the affairs of the state in the next four years.

In an official farewell message and obtained by SUNSHINETRUTH in Akure, Agboola who contested the October 10, 2020 governorship election against Akeredolu on the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) platform, also thanked God for successfully completing his tenure after surviving an impeachment saga from the state House of Assembly.

Below is the full text of his message;

My Appreciation to God for a Successful Tenure as Deputy Governor

February 24th, 2021, makes it exactly four years that I was sworn- in as the sixth democratically elected Deputy Governor of Ondo State. I have never professed of being the greatest or the perfect elected official but God’s grace is sufficient and I can say boldly that from the first day I stepped into office, I never ceased in my pursuit and strive to attain a better quality of life for all those I have been called to serve.

I’m grateful to God Almighty for his protection over me and members of my family. My tenure was full of political intrigues and contrivance, but I find solace in the Holy Scripture, especially Psalm 1:1&3:

1.Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

3. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

The successful completion of my term was almost inconceivable but for God unfailing grace and the tenacity of the Ondo State Judiciary, which was adhesive to the spirit and letter of our constitution.

Let me appreciate my family for their undying love and support. On many occasions I had to return home in the wee hours but they were there for me.

My profound appreciation also goes to the nine Honourable Members of the Ondo State House of Assembly, who are code named the Integrity Group, stood on principle of rule law and truly upheld the integrity of the legislature and against all odds (including facing physical harm and political intimidation), like the Rock of Gibraltar against executive recklessness. I’m happy today that through our little efforts, democratic institutions in Ondo State and in Nigeria have been strengthened.

This farewell note will not be complete without acknowledging the selfless services of my staff, who on many occasions had to stay overtime to ensure that government work is done.

I will not forget to mention my security details- the officers of the State Security Services and the Nigeria Police, they were all dutiful.

I’m indebted to members of my media team – the online soldiers, who held their ground and delivered incredibly well to the shock and admiration of all, including their traducers. I thank all members of the independent press for holding to tenaciously to the principles that qualify the profession as the Fourth Estate of Realm.

I’m most grateful to the people of Ondo State, who gave me the mandate to serve them as deputy governor. I also appreciate them for acknowledging and supporting my potentials to provide a credible alternative towards providing deliverable services to the people without selfish profiteering.

I leave office unruffled and my head held high to the glory of God and through the support of the good people of Ondo State.

I humbly urge Christians, Muslims and all well meaning Nigerians to continue to pray for the peace and progress of Ondo and Nigeria.

I wish Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN and the new Deputy Governor, Lucky Ayedatiwa well in their administration.

Thank you all and God bless Ondo State.

Honourable (Chief) Agboola Alfred Ajayi

Ondo State Deputy Governor 2017-2021

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