Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, yesterday said he would not give appointment to yes-men or surround himself with cabinet lacking the ability to challenge him on good governance.
Abiodun, who spoke at a thanksgiving and praise programme held to celebrate his victory at the election petitions tribunal, said he had identified indigenes of the state in various sectors, who were doing well and ready to work with him.
The event, held at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, was attended by notable chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC), former and serving government functionaries as well as traditional rulers.
Addressing the gathering, the governor assured them that his administration would be run by people who were ready to work for the development of the state.
“I’m not ready to work with yes-men; those that can never challenge me in administering the state. I will surround myself with smartest people who have something to offer; I mean intelligent people,” he stated.
Abiodun thanked God for “shaming” his detractors and those who attempted to frustrate his political aspiration with the tribunal judgement delivered on Saturday.
He said: “I almost gave up on contesting for and serving in public office when my attempts to become governor in 2003 and senator in 2015 fell through. I never knew that God was taking me through a crucible to prepare me for this great task.
“Because of this, I have a tripartite agreement between me, God and Ogun people; and I don’t intend to betray the trust reposed in me. I am guided by a vision predicated on good governance, and this is what I am committed to pursue and deliver to the people.”