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The Former commissioner for Youths and sports and close ally to the governor-elect in Ogun state, Hon Afolabi Afuape has said that the ill-treatment meted on him among others by the governor of Ogun state Senator Ibikunle Amosun is a blessing in disguise.
Afolabi who served as a commissioner during governor Amosun’s second term in office stated this during a victory party of the governor-elect Prince Dapo Abiodun in Abeokuta South Local government.
The former commissioner also promised that the incoming administration will not betray the trust the people has reposed in them adding that they will deliver on their campaign promises.
He further assured the residents of the state, that Ogun will witness an unprecedented achievement under Abiodun’s watch.
His words, “Well, we want to start by giving glory to Almighty God for this opportunity, it is miraculous, we worked hard, but, he who crowns effort who is the Almighty God has crowned our effort. And I think it is the confidence reposed in our party and our governorship candidate who is now the governor-elect made this possible.
“We want to assure the people of Ogun state that we will not betray that trust giving to us. Everybody can see that everyone are in a joyous mood, that shows we are happy with the change of hand and I want to assure them once again that Ogun state will witness prosperity and rapid development during the tenure of Prince Dapo Abiodun.
“With our party’s constitution, we are here to give them good governance. The entire people of the state will not regret voting Dapo Abiodun.
“The focus is not far-fetched, what our people actually want from us is very simple. Good governance in term of security, rural road development, agricultural development, above all security, good health, and qualitative education. We would also give empowerment to our women and youths, we will also pay salaries as at when due.
“If God is doing something, whatever happens at that time is for a purpose, if the things the governor did to us had not happened, probably, we wouldn’t have won the election. All those things happened for good, so, we don’t need to revisit that.”
Corroborating Afuape, a house of assembly aspirant Dr. Ololade Kehinde also re-echoed the promises of the incoming administration adding that it will deliver on its promises.
He said, “My advice for the people of Ogun state is that this is a new dawn, this is a time when the human capital will enjoy unprecedented development. Because I can assure you that our principal has run a company and the staff there are well paid and adequately taking care of. So, the issue of non-remittance of workers cooperative deductions, leave bonus amongst others would not arise.
“We know the value of human capital and no matter how good the infrastructure is, they would be run by the human being and if the human being is not well taken care of, you can rest assured that the facility is going to go down the drain.
“The victory is God-given, we did not have the kind of resources or manpower and even the state orders, but, God stood with us. It was a situation that when we started, a lot of people were laughing at us, thinking that it wasn’t going to be possible, but God was there for us and we are so grateful to God and good people of Ogun state, particularly, those that took the heat in achieving this success”.
Reflecting on the hurdles faced during campaigns Dr. Kehinde described the victory as a hard-earned victory which was made possible by God and the resolution of Ogun people.
“Today, we are using the opportunity to thank the people of Ogun state for voting for our candidate, Prince Dapo Abiodun because it was a hard-earned battle. to win this election the Ogun people stood their grounds despite all the efforts, intimidation and challenges melted at our people, our people still stood with us, particularly, the good people of Abeokuta south and the entire Ogun people from the East, West, and Central.
“It is a lot of reminiscing for me because I can remember very well that when we were in Obafemi-Owode, we were faced with severe violence to the extent that even as a medical doctor, I have to wear my gloves and start treating people. We even have cases where we had sporadic gunshots. We have a similar experience at water-side local government where some set of people wanted to stone us. The campaign was really challenging, but, through it all, we stood with our principal and we made up our mind that this battle is a battle that must be won and God has been very good to us. Even though we have scars and stories to tell, we won in the end.” He stressed.