A foremost Ogun State Elder Statesman and Leader of the Yewa Elders Consultative Forum, Prof. Anthony Asiwaju, had solicited for Egba’s unconditional cooperation and support for a Yewa indigene to emerge as the next Governor of Ogun State.
In an exclusive interview with Newsflagship Online in Abeokuta, Prof. Asiwaju disclosed that it was necessary for the Elders from Yewa axis of Ogun State to directly seek and secure the support of the Egba who are dominant in the Ogun Central Senatorial District, if the project and dream of having a Yewa indigene to be the Governor of Ogun State for the first time since the creation of Ogun State forty-two years ago.
The Renowned Historian, who was among Yewa Elders in the delegation of the Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle on a courtesy visit to the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo Okukenu IV, said that it had become socially, morally and culturally urgent to make Yewa’s cause and ambition towards the forthcoming election known to the Alake and the Egba people.
Professor Asiwaju noted that the Yewa was well focused on seeking the strong support of the vibrant leadership of Alake for the Yewa cause in the forthcoming governorship election in Ogun State because Egba and Yewa had been closer for about 200 years now and should therefore understand and cooperate with each other.
He argued that the cultural and social disconnect of the past between the Egbas and Egbado before and during the colonial era should now be replaced by mutual respect, understanding, cooperation and collaboration in making the two peoples reap social and political mutual benefits, for all parts of Ogun State.
He also revealed that Yewa Elders would also contact both the Remo and Ijebu in the East Senatorial District of Ogun State in order to achieve a consensus of all sections of Ogun State for Yewa candidacy, adding that the delegation started with the Egba because they were closer geographically and socially.
He argued that although Yewa Elders and Statesmen like their counterparts in the two other Senatorial Districts of Ogun State were not politicians, everyone should understand that Yewa Governorship cause had become far more moral than political and therefore would want the Egba, the Remo and Ijebu to rise from above the level of politicians to statesmanship.
Prof. Asiwaju said he believed that the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland was always on top of all situations in his domain and would use his vast influence to deliver Yewa Elders message to the Egba people for their necessary action and cooperation in the coming political dispensation in Ogun State.
Jennifer Idika and Ifeoluwa Adetoun