Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, has said the electoral victory of President Bola Tinubu is a reward for him after he lost his bid to return as a governor of Osun state for a second term.
Oyetola made the comment in Osogbo on Thursday during a reception by APC members in Osun state to welcome him back home after his recent appointment as a minister.
He also assured the party members that the era of empowerment has come due to their support for the APC.
“Ours is thanksgiving for all that God has done for us. We thank God that our victory was affirmed by the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal yesterday (Wednesday). It affirmed the victory of our President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“Truly, we were struggling for a second term, but God knows it is not yet time; he gave us a president and today, he has given us a minister. I am happy that our party is united and formidable.
“APC is our party, and it belongs to every one of us. If truly it is our common patrimony, then nobody should think of destroying the party. There is room for reconciliation. We are for genuine reconciliation, not otherwise.
“It is incumbent on us all to build the party, not to destroy it. We must endeavour to ensure that whoever wants to reconcile is truly ready for it, and he or she must be remorseful of his or her past misdeeds.
“I want the loyalists of our party to remain steadfast, not to be depressed by the events that led us to where we are. We thank God that we won the centre. The era of empowerment has come.”