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My Predecessor Fought Against My Emergence As Ogun Governor, Says Abiodun

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has  reflected on his turbulent path to leadership and the trials of his five years in office.

 Speaking at his 64th Birthday and 5th Year Thanksgiving Service held at the Ogun State Government House Chapel, Oke-Igbein, Abeokuta, on Sunday, Abiodun shared insights into the political obstacles he faced and the resilience that defined his tenure.

In his address, Governor Abiodun recounted how his ascent to the governorship was met with resistance from an unexpected quarter—his own party. 

Although he refrained from naming specific individuals, he revealed that his predecessor actively campaigned against him in favor of a candidate from another party.

“The process through which I emerged as Governor was a very unusual one; one in which my predecessor who was in the same party with me was fighting me and campaigning for another person in another party, and I will sit down and ask myself, ‘Baba God, this is very unusual, why do I have to go through so much to assume this office?’ And then I will answer myself that it is because God wants to take that glory,” he said.

 

He described his internal struggles and reflections during this period, often questioning why he had to endure such challenges, but ultimately attributing his victory to divine intervention. “God wants to take that glory,” he said.

Despite these early challenges, Governor Abiodun highlighted the achievements of his administration.

He acknowledged the difficulties and turbulence of his governance but emphasized the progress made in various sectors.

 “The last five years of governance over the state of Ogun for me has been one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. It’s been extremely turbulent, it’s been very challenging, particularly, it has been rancorous.

“ But the most important thing is that in all of this, God has given us victory,” he stated.

“One of the significant strides made by his administration is the plan to transform Ogun into an oil-producing state. Governor Abiodun announced that the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, led by the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources (oil), Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, along with the chairman of Shell, had recently visited Ogun State to commence oil exploration.

“Only on Friday, the leadership of the Ministry of Petroleum led by the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources (oil), Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, was here with three others and the chairman of Shell to announce that they would soon begin to drill oil in Ogun State,” he revealed.

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