Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun says he has forgiven his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and his loyalists who pelted him and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abeokuta as the party’s flag was being handed over to him by chieftains of the party, including President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and among other big wigs.
The Governor said he holds no grudge against anyone that played a part in the incidence of February 11, 2019, where, he said, the “highest level of political intolerance” in the country was witnessed.
He noted that the level of intolerance during the campaign was only part of what God had ordained so as to ensure his emergence as Governor.
“I have said often times that I do not bear grudge against anybody. You are all part of the scriptures that needed to be fulfilled. So, for all those who fought us, stoned us, intimidated us, harassed us, beat us, they all had their part to play so that the scripture can be fulfilled. Accordingly, we have forgiven them, more importantly, God has crowned us with victory,” he said.
Abiodun who opined that it was hard for him to believe that Ogun State, a state of many first experienced such a ugly incident, added that the level of humility of his team in the midst of the ugly smear campaign played a huge role in their victory at the polls.
He added that his administration will continue to be humble in its quest to make the state better than it met it, saying that they will continue to ensure they provide good governance to the people of the state.
“I could not believe that in this state, in which I am a bonafide son of the soil, in this state, which is a state of many first, that such a show of shame was taking place before my very eyes, in front of the Number one and Number two persons in this country, I could not just believe it.”
He concluded that “if with that sense of humility, God has heard our prayers and granted us victory, why do we want to change that style? I think one of the ways that we can appreciate God for this grace that he has given unto us is by performing. The people of the state has entrusted us with this mandate – that date, February 11, 2019 – for me marked the turning point in the process of us getting to this seat. It was a defining moment,’ he said.