- Governor Ibikunle Amosun has vowed not to allow any ‘foreigner’ emerge as governor of Ogun state
- The governor stated that the state had more competent individuals to occupy the position, and declared that he would use all the resources at his disposal to make sure no non-indigene becomes governor
- Amosun stressed that it was an insult to have a non-indigene at the helm of affairs in Ogun state, and stated that a previous governor who was a ‘foreigner’ had wrecked havoc in the state
The governor of Ogun state, Ibikunle Amosun, has vowed that under his watch, no ‘foreigner’ would be allowed to emerge as governor of the state, The Sun reports.
Amosun made his comments at a meeting with members of the Ogun West Elders Council and Yewa Think-Tank, which took place at the Governor’s Office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.
NAIJ.com gathers that the governor vowed to use resources at his disposal to thwart any efforts by ‘outsiders’ to hijack the state; even as he stated that any bonafide indigene could be considered for the number one position, even if they were not based in the state.
Amosun urged indigenes of Ogun state to work against anyone whose origin could not be ascertained, as he noted that the state had been held under siege by a ‘foreigner’ who previously served as a governor.
According to the governor, it was an insult for persons he described as ‘Atohunrinwa’ to become governor when the state had capable and competent true indigenes who could fill the position.
He further disclosed his desire to hand over to a true Ogun West person.
He stated: “My decision to support Ogun West to produce the next governor is a covenant between me and my God. If 1,100 aspirants spring from Ogun West, it is their turn. But I won’t allow any ‘Atohunrinwa’ to emerge as governor under my watch.
“I have witnessed at close range, the havoc wrecked by a ‘foreigner’ who served as a governor in this state; therefore, I will use all resources at my disposal to prevent that from happening.
“It is even insulting to have a non-indigene at the helm of affairs in our state when there are competent and capable true sons and daughters of Ogun state.
“GNI is a son of the soil, Adebutu, we all know him, even Paseda. For Jimi Lawal, he is ‘tokeoyabo’ (notherner) and Senator Olorunnibe Mamora has even played everything in politics in Lagos, so they should give chance to the real Ogun state-based aspirants.
“I am even sure that the ‘foreigner’ will not come eventually because when they come, Ogun will be too hot for them. In my mind, I know my choice, but I want to assure you that, that person will surely be one of your true sons.”
However, the governor appealed to the Ogun West elders to make the project a success by lobbying their colleagues from Ogun East and Central.
He stated: “Ogun East and Ogun Central are not your enemies. You have to lobby them, consult with them and court them, so that this project will be successful.
“Like I have said before, Ogun East can aspire too, it is their right. For Ogun Central, I will campaign against any candidate from the place, but my heart is with Ogun West.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that ahead of the Ogun governorship election in 2019, a civil society organization, Ogun Progressive Mandate (OPM), cautioned the governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, to refrain from making inflammable statements that would likely overheat the polity.
The convener of the group, Ahmed Bamidele, opined that the successor of any elected leader could only be determined by God.
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