The runner up in the Saturday’s governorship primary election of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Mr. Segun Abraham, yesterday congratulated the winner, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN.
He promised to work for the party’s victory in the November 26 poll.
Abraham, who was widely tipped to emerge winner of the keenly contested primary, garnered 635 votes while the eventual winner, Mr. Akeredolu, got 669 votes. Twenty-three aspirants participated in the primary.
Speaking in an interview with reporters at his home in Akure, the state capital, the aspirant hailed the party’s electoral committee members, led by Jigawa State Governor, Muhammad Abubakar Badaru Abubakar, for being transparent during the exercise.
He also praised his supporters for their love and dedication during the campaign.
He assured them that their efforts would never be in vain.
Mr. Abraham said: “I want to thank the people of Ondo State for the love they gave me and I pray that the revival that I prayed for Ondo State, God will bring it back.
“I want to thank my party, APC, which is the most respected party in West Africa. It is the only party that we can trust all over the world on transparency.
“I want to thank all the leaders, particularly President Muhammdu Buhari, for sanitising this nation by reducing corruption.
“As a loyal and dedicated member of APC, I will continue to be loyal and continue to work for the progress of my party.
“I want to tell the people of Ondo State that you are my people and I am your son. I will not turn my back and I will continue to put your matter before me as one of the priorities in whatever capacity that God allows me to assist this state, especially in the area of industrialisation, area of poverty reduction, area of wealth creation and area of reviving of values.
“I want to tell you that by God’s grace, Ondo State will be great. I thank God that has made me to be a Nigerian and I thank God that I am an Ikare man from Akoko.
“I want to thank our fathers and mothers from Akoko for the love and dedication they gave this project.
“They came out united to ensure that I win the primary, they even prayed and fast and they did all they could so that our state also will develop.
“I want to thank the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Muslim community for their prayers throughout my campaign. I believe that the state must move forward and I believe that APC must take the state from PDP”.