Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has sworn in the newly-elected Local Government chairmen and councillors from Saturday’s council polls.
Speaking at the inauguration of the new chairmen and councillors on Monday, Akeredolu hailed the Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) for a “smooth and peaceful exercise.”
According to the governor, the outcome of the election showed the wishes of the people of the State.
He also highlighted the achievements of his administration, stating that citizens have felt the “direct and positive impact of governance.”
Akeredolu wished the newly-elected representatives a fruitful tenure as they embark on administrating “in what I believe are the most important positions within government, as they are the first point of contact with the people.”
“We have tried our best since the inception of this administration by making the people the central focus of all our policies. We have tried to keep all unscrupulous persons masquerading as servants of the people at bay. We have severed ties from those whose deeds and preferences stand against decency and are inimical to the well-being of the people,” he said.
“Our ambition has been shaped by the overriding interest of the State. We have never been under any illusion that governance will not pose its challenges considering the precarious state of the economy when we assumed office and the continued slide in the economic fortunes of the country.
“We have, however, remained undaunted and resolute in our resolve to abridge the yawning gap in the welfare of our people. We have taken steps which posterity will adjudge as prescient. We have succeeded, largely, in abridging the infrastructural deficit in spite of the acute paucity of funds.
“Workers and citizens have felt the direct and positive impact of governance. We will continue to strive to make the voice of the people count in all decisions taken on their behalf as we move into the second phase of our statutory mandate of service. The impressive turn-out in all the Local Government elections confirms that the partnership between the government and the people is an enduring one.”
Candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) won all the 18 Local Government chairmanship seats.
194 of 198 councillorship seats were also won by APC candidates, while elections into four seats were declared inconclusive.