By Olu Ololajulo
Good governance never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern.
Since assumption of office on 24th February 2017, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN has seen the state as one and has treated it so. In other word, no part of the state has been neglected and the Governor has creditably discharged the mandate given to him by the good people of Ondo State.
In the space of three and half years, the superfluity and myriad of deliveries is staggering and answerable to four years of other chief executive elsewhere in the nation.
It’s always a joy-filled atmosphere in any area of Ondo state as both old and young are ever conscious and ready to receive the Governor whose performance is beyond human imagination.
At a deeper level, the tangible success of Mr Governor must be viewed in terms of his political and governance ideals.
Far more than the previous experiences, the people are beginning to witness and believe in the bond between word and intention and the integrity he has brought into politics.
At least the people know that this Governor will never lie to them that was the main reason he was given the name MR TALK AND DO.
In three years, the records have shown that the Akeredolu administration has a huge advantage of number of roads constructed over previous administration, starting from 1999.
Akure, the capital of the state is now wearing the look of a true capital city, with the construction of more dual carriage ways but the most interesting of the road construction is the interchange bridge in Ore, the industrial hub of the state.
Many public affairs analysts have tried to do comparative analysis between the Akeredolu administration and the previous administrations.
Bearing in mind the volume of money available to all the administrations, particularly starting from 1999, it is not out of place that the Akeredolu administration stands tall among its peers.
The next thing on the mind of Akeredolu is to build a strong economic base for Ondo State. Akeredolu is making a very strong challenge for the actualisation of a sea port for the state.
Having grown the state monthly internally generated revenue from a paltry N600, 000 to N2.2 billion, the governor sees the seaport project, dubbed Port Ondo, as the dream project to liberate the state from the shackles of poverty.
The project, which has been described as the state’s fast lane to economic prosperity by Governor Akeredou, is expected to receive the blessing and strategic conditions for getting a Deep Seaport Licence by Ondo State from the Federal Government.
The Governor also took some bold step and one of the ways of expressing his competence and credibility was naming Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa as his running mate for the October 10 gubernatorial poll in Ondo state.
Arriving at the choice of Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa was not a selfish interest neither a negotiable one, but it was due to wide consultation to choose a suitable, qualified and meritorious candidate as a running mate.
The Governor said some important factors assisted the leaders of the party, including the decision to sever ties with mediocrity and treachery, while noting that the experience of the immediate past must guide his decision.
The Governor said a candidate with verifiable credentials and pedigree has been chosen to complete the last part of the gubernatorial race.
Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa has been identified with loyalty and honesty as the twin virtues needed to serve at the moment, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu said the people will expect a fresh and dignifying breath from the choking rot of the immediate past.
An Astute manager of both human and material resources, per excellent industrialist, a learned technocrat, grassroot politician, a business mogul which experience span over 30 years in the Forex/capital Market and also a Credible leader who has urged the people to keeping up the good work assuring them to be a seasoned ambassador while working with the Governor.
Unarguably, it has been three years of unprecedented record-breaking achievements in the state.
Ahead of the October 10th Governorship elections, the people of the Sunshine State should go out in their numbers and give their votes massively to Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN for Governor because his acceptability is second to none and Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa as Deputy Governor because his choice is divine.