Ondo State Governor, Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has been urged to shun detractors and concentrate on the onerous task of state development bestowed on him by providence.
The advice was given in a statement in Akure on Wedsnesday by Prince Peter Oyeleye Fasua, a chieftain of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in the wake of certificate forgery allegation by a group that is yet to be ascertained.
Fasua, a Member representing Ondo State on the Board of Odua Group of Companies, urged that Aiyedatiwa should not allow mischief makers to distract him, “as the task ahead of him is enormous “.
“The people making allegations of certificate forgery cannot come out openly because they know they are lying and cannot substantiate the allegation, and for that reason, His Excellency, the Governor, should ignore them and continue his divinely assigned work,” he propped.
The APC chieftain, who is on the Board of Directors of Lagos Airport Hotel, Lagos, said he had walked closely with Aiyedatiwa and could guarantee his competence, honesty, and chaste.
“I can speak with the knowledge of hindsight that Governor Aiyedatiwa did not forge any certificate; the architects behind the lies are only dazed and are fabricating the lies to score political goals, which they cannot possibly score.
“Here is Aiyedatiwa who presented all his credentials to the INEC while being a running mate to former late Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, and he was screened by all statutory bodies and given a clean bill of health,” he appraised.
Stating further, Fasua enjoined the governor to continue in his good works as such characters are never in want in Nigerian politics.
“Brushing aside these self-imposed doomdayers, I will advise the governor to concentrate on building on the good legacies of his departed boss. Rotimi Akeredolu, and ensure that all existing projects are completed, while also initiating fresh ones.
” I know that Governor Aiyedatiwa, as Acting governor twice, had endeared himself to the heart of the good people of Ondo State by ensuring workers’ welfare and personally monitoring the implementation of all projects across the state,” he stressed.
Fasua said the Ondo people are enthused by Aiyedatiwa’s sense of maturity and the wisdom he bears, and that they are convinced of his ability to effectively run the affairs of the state.
He noted that soon, the governor will clock 100 days in office and he needs achievements to showcase for the landmark, even as he emphasised that there is the need to be cost effective in the new administration.
“For instance, the streetlights in the cities that are powered with diesel fuel can be energised through solar light so that the state government can save money for other development projects,” he counselled.
Fasua, who Hails from Akure, the state’s capital, stated that, “Mr Governor, the Akure people and particularly our monarch, the Deji, are praying for you and we know you will succeed.”
He particularly urged the governor, whom he described as “extremely loyal to his former boss”, to immortalise the late Akeredolu by naming a monument or a public institution after him.
He also enjoined all stakeholders in the state to cooperate with the new governor, “in the overall interest of all of us”.