The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has been speaking why the people of Ogun Central Senatorial District, or the Egbas, should vote for AbdulKabil Adekunle Akinlade as the next governor of the State
Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who was speaking to the Egba War Chiefs in Abeokuta today, through his Commissioner for Works, Architect Olamilekan Adegbite, disclosed that since the creation of Ogun State 43 years ago, nobody from Ogun West Senatorial District had been governor of the State despite of several attempts.
According to the governor, it was this unfair and inequitable situation that made him to tell the people of Ogun State in his acceptance address during his Swearing-in in 2011, that an indigene from Yewa Awori section should become the next governor after his tenure.
Senator Ibikunle Amosun also disclosed that his party and the progressives from all the three Senatorial Districts agreed with the idea that area should also produce the State helmsman for the first time after 2019.
He said that he was disappointed when some members of the party reneged on this consensus agreement
Adding that, they would rather refer to block any chances of the Yewa Awori people from realizing their ambition.
The Governor also, gave other ways in which some members of the party had been trying to ensure that, that section of Ogun State would never have a shot at the State’s highest office.
These included the feeling that he was too tough, the suspicion that he had an ambition to be the overall political leader of the Southwest as well as eyeing the Presidency come 2023.
Another reason, according to the Governor, was what he described as unfair and unfounded allegation that he was developing Abeokuta as the State capital to the exclusion of other sections of Ogun State.
He disclosed that Ogun State was adjudged by the World Bank as among the Best Four in Nigeria as a result of the rapid development of the State capital which was the only veritable to attack both local and international business, adding that until then, the State was in the 29 th position among the 36 and FCT,
Senator Ibikunle also disclosed that Ogun state had always resisted any dedication on how to run the Ogun from Lagos, noting that such acceptance by Osun State, had virtually made Osun a failed State economically as the State was under heavy debt burden.
He further said that the choice of Dapo Abiodun as the gubernatorial candidate for Ogun APC, through the so called primaries, was not announced in Abeokuta. Rather, it was announced in Bourdillon Street, Ikoyi, Lagos.
The Governor concluded that rather than go to Court and waist time, Akinlade left APC to APM to realize Yewa Ambition to produce Governor for the first time.
Responding to the Governor’s address, a senior chief of Egbaland, Chief Akanbi Kushimo, the Babasale told the Governor that the Egba people believed that all sections of Ogun State should be treated well, adding that Amosun had fulfilled his promises to develop Egbaland and other parts of Ogun State to an enviable standard.
Chief Akani Kusimo Obamewa said that Egba believed that Akinlade who Amosun had recommended to be the next Governor of Ogun State, would be a continuity for the good works being done by the Incumbent Governor.
The Balogun of Egbaland and the Chairman of the occasion, Chief Sikirulaah Atobatele told the Governor that his message would be spread among the Egbas and other stakeholders, who wanted the best for Egbaland and Ogun State in general.
Chief Atobatele assured Senator Amosun that, since he had always been fulfilling his promises, that people of Egbaland would support Akinlade for the continuity of the development of Egbaland and Ogun State in general.
The meeting with the Governor was attended by Egba War Chiefs from all the 6 local Governments of the Ogun Central Senatorial District. Among them were, the Seriki of Egbaland, Tosin Fadare; the Aare of Egbaland and Balogun of Ijaye , Chief Ganiyu Babayeju; the Akogun-elect of Egbaland and Balogun Ilawo, Chief Adebayo Soyooye; Chief Amodemaja; the Akingboye, Chief Sakiru Akinmade; and the Otun Balogun of Ijaye and Aare Baaroyin Egbaland, Baaroyin Layi Labode.