By Adedoyin Ajayi
ABEOKUTA – As the 2019 general elections approaches, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, on Tuesday urged electorate in Ogun State, especially in Egbaland to desist from selling their votes for politicians.
The Egba traditional ruler while speaking to Journalists at his Ake Palace in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital pointed out that, selling votes during the elections would encourage corruption and obstruct the peace of the nation.
He appealed to the electorate not to, for any reason sell their votes, saying that any politician that involves in vote buying does not have the country’s and the people’s interest at heart.
He advised the voters to vote for only candidates who is honest and possesses qualities of a good leader.
He said, “My advice to Nigerians, especially in Ogun State is that, they don’t sell their votes. If you sell your votes, you sell your rights as citizens of Nigeria. If you sell your votes, you have sold your positions and to all aspirants, don’t influence people with money to vote for you.”
Adedotun argued that he is apolitical and would therefore not campaign for any aspirant, insisting that he would rather accommodate anybody as a royal father and as tradition demands.
His words: “As a paramount ruler, I take everybody as my brothers and sisters. I will welcome anybody that comes here. I will not dictate to my people who they should vote for, they are to decide that on their own.”
Oba Gbadebo lauded the spirited effort of the Ogun State Governor, Senator bikunle Amosun at ensuring that the ongoing projects in the State are completed before the expiration of his tenure.
Asked whether he was convinced that all the on-going projects would be completed by May 29, 2019, he said, “Governance does not stop with the incumbent governor, it is continuum. Whatever project the current administration is not able to complete should be completed by the new administration. It is not a must that every project initiated by a government must be completed by that government.”
The Monarch, however pledged to support any candidate who will eventually emerge as the Governor of the State in the forth coming elections.