The Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG, has congratulated Ondo State people for their faith in democracy and using the opportunity it presents to determine the direction of their future as a people.
In a statement signed by its chairman, Olawale Oshun, ARG also praised the recipient of the people’s mandate, Rotimi Akeredolu, and other candidates for pursuing their ambitions within the ambit of the rule of law. Such maturity and statesmanship, the group said, is needed to restore the pride of Yoruba land.
“We charge Akeredolu, as the guardian of the people’s mandate, to continuously and consistently prove himself a leader worthy of his people’s trust, by constantly communicating his vision and managing the resources of the state towards the development and wellbeing of Ondo State. We also charge the people to cooperate with the governor-elect, be alert to their civic duties and keep the government on that path of straight and narrow,” the statement said.
“We trust that Akeredolu’s administration will prioritise good governance over partisanship, in the noble and progressive tradition of Awolowo and Ajasin, which is the main reason he earned our endorsement.”
“Most importantly, we are hopeful that in active collaboration with the governors of other Southwest states, Akeredolu’s emergence will make easier the pursuit of regional integration, which has already gained credible momentum in our region. We therefore call on other Yoruba governors to embrace him into their fold, in the renewed spirit of brotherhood and reconciliation in Southwest.”
“As a pan-Yoruba socio-political group, ARG will continue to stand for and protect the interest of Yoruba people.”