By NBF News

GOVERNOR Olusegun Mimiko has praised the people of Ondo State for voting according to their conscience and shunning 'bread and butter leaders.'

The governor, who expressed delight that the last two years had demonstrated the faith of the people in his government, said their support had enabled him to execute several people-oriented projects.

He said by voting candidates of the Labour Party (LP) into the National Assembly last Saturday, they have placed the state in a better position in the nation's polity.

In the results released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), LP candidateson the three Senatorial seats and eight of the nine House of Representatives slots that were contested for by all the political parties in the state.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Kolawole Olabisi, quoted Mimiko as saying that the outcome of the election was the true wish of the people, whom he noted did a similar thing during the 2007 elections despite 'threats, intimidations and harassments from those whose only credentials were that they found themselves in positions of authority but who failed us.

'I want to thank the good people of Ondo State for the way you heeded our clarion call to troop out and cast your votes for those who you want to represent you. We were aware of the attempts by some unscrupulous persons who went about with sacks of money to bribe their ways into office again, we were aware of those who brought in thugs from neighbouring states to harass you when their attempts to buy your votes with their filthy lucre failed.

'But in all these, you stood firm, voted and waited for the results of the votes cast to be announced before you went home, the inclement weather notwithstanding. You are our heroes and heroines and we are proud of you.

'On our part as a government, we will continue to serve you better and we can assure you that the best is yet to come. We will not fail you as we have promised. We implore you to please continue to do your part as a people by carrying out your civic responsibilities, come out to vote in all subsequent elections and we will do our own part of bringing the real dividends of democracy to your doorsteps,' he assured.