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Unprecedented rumble in Ogun State

Unprecedented rumble in Ogun State

When did it develop into politically or electorally obligatory that the subsequent governor of Ogun State should come from Yewa (Egbado)?

Duro Onabule

The political disaster in APC in Ogun State which began just like the cries of infants after dropping out in the sharing of ice cream (has simply) reached a decisive stage with Governor Ibikunle Amosun declaring brazenly that he would marketing campaign towards the election of the social gathering’s governorship candidate, Dapo Abiodun. Nothing could possibly be extra daring and contemptuous of the celebration’s nationwide management, which, to be truthful, had been inconsistent in implementing social gathering self-discipline in some states however proved too lily-livered to make sure similar in states like Kaduna.

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The get together’s nationwide management is, subsequently, indictable for inconsistency quite wild allegations of corruption, which, anyway, has been probed and dismissed by the EFCC. All the identical, Ogun East should resist the state governor’s contempt and unprovoked declaration of warfare. It’s unlucky that the state governor selected the eve of his exit from workplace to squander the goodwill he all alongside loved in Ogun East. The governor’s parting of the way is traceable to 2 sources – his willpower to decide on, certainly handpick, his successor and his failure in that effort.

Nowhere in the genuinely democratic world is it the enterprise, nonetheless much less the prerogative, of an outgoing elected public workplace holder to impose his successor. And the truth that Basic Olusegun Obasanjo, whilst President Obasanjo in 1979 and 2007, respectively, displayed that authoritarianism or that the identical undemocratic apply operates in Lagos State doesn’t make if proper for Governor Amosun to attempt it in Ogun State.

In any case, the individuals resisted the so-called consensus main election in which the governor and/or his cohorts hand-picked candidates for all elective positions – in the Senate, Home of Representatives, State Home of Meeting and governorship.

The APC nationwide headquarters upheld the individuals’s protest, nullified the so-called main elections by consensus and organised direct main elections in which prepared registered members of their social gathering, the APC, took half in a free and truthful environment. The governor, as a democrat, ought to have accepted the end result. Something much less is an assault on the individuals’s voting rights.

By the best way, when did it grow to be politically or electorally obligatory that the subsequent governor of Ogun State should come from Yewa (Egbado)? Why was that not the case eight years in the past? By which case Ibikunle Amosun couldn’t or certainly shouldn’t have been elected Ogun State governor eight years in the past. At the moment, Segun Osoba had been state governor and Gbenga Daniel was outgoing, the governorship ticket ought to at the moment have been conceded to Yewa (Egbado division) as an alternative of as soon as once more Egba division, which produced Amosun.

Had appointments and siting of tasks in the state ever been on the three senatorial districts? By no means. All Federal tasks/ministerial appointments had all the time been based mostly on the idea of the previous (Egba and Ijebu) provinces with 90 per cent, repeat 90 per cent, going to Egba province, courtesy of Obasanjo via his army officers. There have been 24 provinces in Nigeria, all now defunct as states. Two of such provinces, Egba province and Ijebu province, comprise right now’s Ogun State. Twenty-three of those provinces type a part of in the present day’s 36 states. The one one province by no means appointed a state, at the very least thus far and with out such prospects in the quick future is Ijebu province, owing to stiff opposition from Olusegun Obasanjo for some unknown causes. The previous Ijebu province comprised Ijebu division and Remo division, whereas Egba province comprised Egba division and Egbado (Yewa) division.

To date, which Federal Authorities tasks or ministerial appointments accrued to Ogun State and which aspect bagged such appointments or nearly monopolised siting of the tasks? The appointments? Late Adebayo Adedeji (Ijebu-Ode), Minister for Financial Improvement beneath Common Gowon. Info Minister underneath Obasanjo, Main-Common Henry Adefope. (Odogbolu) Olu Adebanjo (Idowa), Adviser on Info underneath Shehu Shagari. Onaolapo Soleye (Egba), Finance Minister beneath Basic Muhammadu Buhari. Prince Bola Ajibola (Egba), Lawyer-Basic and Minister of Justice underneath Basic Ibrahim Babangida. Minister of Well being, Olikoye Ransome-Kuti (Egba) beneath IBB. Wole Adeosun (Egba), Minister of Transport and Aviation underneath IBB. Head of Interim Nationwide Authorities underneath and after IBB, Ernest Shonekan (Egba). Jubril Martins Kuye, Minister of State for Finance underneath President Obasanjo (In the past-Iwoye). Minister of State beneath Obasanjo, one other Egba man, Sarafa.

Compromise and tolerance by Ijebu through the years allowed this disparity to subsist virtually as a state coverage. Governor Bisi Onabanjo (Ijebu) had an Egba man as his deputy. Segun Osoba as governor had Gbenga Kaka (Ijebu-Igbo) as his deputy. Osoba (Egba) as soon as once more as governor had Mr. Bamgbose (In the past Iwoye) as his deputy. Federal tasks in Ogun State? Federal Polytechnic (Ilaro). Federal Authorities School (Odogbolu), Federal College of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Federal School of Schooling, Abeokuta. $500 million Police Pc School serving policemen from throughout Africa, Abeokuta. Nigerian Paper Mill, Iwopin Waterside. Olabisi Onabanjo College (Ogun State-owned), In the past Iwoye. However Obasanjo pressured Governor Gbenga Daniel to maneuver the Engineering School to his (Obasanjo’s) birthplace, Ibogun. The identical Obasanjo quickly pressured Gbenga Daniel to raise the Engineering School at Ibogun right into a full College of Engineering, Ibogun.

The very fact of a state capital doesn’t essentially warrant the siting of all Federal tasks in Abeokuta. The Federal College of Ekiti is sited at Oye Ekiti, even because the capital is Ado-Ekiti. The Federal College of Bayelsa is sited at Otuoke. But the state capital is Yenagoa. Many examples from different states could be cited with key Federal tasks unfold in totally different elements and never essentially in state capitals.

After Bisi Onabanjo as state governor, Ijebu division conceded the ticket to Gbenga Daniel of Remo division. The similar governorship ticket has so quickly been conceded once more to Remo division with Dapo Abiodun because the candidate. Via a gents’s settlement and/or negotiation, Egbado division, styling themselves as Yewa, might even have been conceded the governorship ticket. Who misplaced that probability for Egbado division? A former Minister of State for Schooling, Iyabo Anisulowo. When she introduced her bid for the governorship in 2007, she gave as her sole purpose for the enterprise to right what she referred to as the imbalance of sitting all federal tasks in Ijebu-Ode. Anisulowo particularly talked about Ijebu-Ode for her false and ignorant allegation. Has this woman ever visited Ijebu-Ode? Or, how, in the sunshine of indeniable details and figures listed above might any governorship candidate falsify historical past to determine her purpose or declare to state governorship?

Even until immediately, what are the Federal Authorities tasks (if they will so be described) out there in Ijebu-Ode to the detriment of Ilaro, Abeokuta and even Sagamu? There’s federal jail in Ijebu-Ode simply as there are federal prisons in Sagamu, Abeokuta and Ilaro. There are federal submit workplaces in Ilaro, Sagamu and Abeokuta, equally at Ijebu-Ode. There’s a single, repeat a single, federal street – Folagbade Road – in Ijebu-Ode. It may possibly solely be hoped there’s additionally a single federal street in Ilaro, Abeokuta and Sagamu. The closest to a second federal street is the Ijebu-Ode-Ibadan street infamous for normal motor accidents. My father died in a motor accident on that street on March three, 1951. In any case, Ijebu- Ode-Ibadan street is not more than Abeokuta- Ibadan street or Ilaro-Abeokuta street. Ijebu- Ode is a totally business metropolis and not using a single federal undertaking. What, subsequently, might warrant Iyabo Anisulowo’s enmity for the town?

The identical former minister of state for schooling, Iyabo Anisulowo, these days worsened issues when, with the emergence of Dapo Abiodun (Remo division) as APC candidate, she (Anisulowo) brazenly threatened to declare what she referred to as religious conflict on any candidate aside from from Egbado division. Religious warfare? What might be so incorrect to warrant such desperation and hostility? Properly, the die is forged. Ogun East candidate picked the ticket. We might as nicely watch for the religious struggle from Yewa. It’s an unprovoked religious conflict, which can be resisted by each man or lady in Ogun East.

Outgoing Governor Amosun didn’t assist issues by declaring that he would marketing campaign towards the social gathering’s candidate, Dapo Abiodun, who’s from Ogun East. Is that methods to pay again Ogun East after supporting him to be elected governor eight years in the past? Our northern brothers all the time philosophise that God provides to and takes energy from whom He pleases. Amosun has taken a public stand towards a candidate from Ogun East. Subsequently, the one various for all Ogun East voters is to withstand that affront with their help for Dapo Abiodun. Amosun’s shock outburst has solely succeeded in producing a throw-back of mobilising somewhat effortlessly complete help of Ogun East behind Dapo Abiodun.

I don’t usually become involved in the home politics of Ogun State. However this time, it’s compelling for everyone to face and be counted. I’ve a official curiosity as an indigene of Ijebu-Ode in the resistance towards any declaration of struggle. What does Amosun do when Dapo Abiodun is elected governor?

As former vice chancellor of Ahmadu Bello College all the time places it, it’s a query of numbers. Ogun East has the voting power to subdue any aggressor. You don’t dare Ijebu, not in Ogun State. We attempt our greatest to be nationalistic however, as Obafemi Awolowo as soon as put it, regardless of how nationalistic you’re, to start with, you’re from a ward, an area authorities earlier than a state and the nation.

For functions of readability, there isn’t any disagreement or misunderstanding among the many individuals of Ogun State who’ve all the time collectively resisted traces of injustice. What we’ve got now on our arms is the mischief and desperation of aiming to divide and rule. It should not occur and we should keep in mind there’s all the time a payback time. The individuals of Ogun State had all the time been cohesive in opposing injustice in any a part of the state such that thwarted the tried deposition of a deceased conventional ruler on the bottom that his son was convicted and publicly executed, and an identical tried deposition of reigning Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, for merely talking up for his topics to be offered good roads, amongst others.

There’s this blackmail that candidate Dapo Abiodun is the popular selection of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. We will solely hope that is true. However so what? Each candidate is all the time anyone’s candidate. In any case, Osinbajo is a registered voter and, subsequently, just like the governor, has the respectable proper to forged his vote. Sure, for the candidate of his selection. There ought to be no apology for that. APC’s nationwide headquarters organised free and truthful main elections in Ogun State and a candidate emerged. Such candidate is of course anticipated to be supported by loyal get together members. Together with the Vice President, if from the identical constituency.

Here’s a problem. When Ogun State governorship ticket returns to Egba province (Egba and Egbado divisions) the ticket ought to be handed over to Egbado division to show the sincerity of these agitators.


Postscript: An outdoor contributor to the day by day present affairs programme, Freshly Pressed, hosted by Tope Edwards on an Ibadan-based radio station, this Tuesday, wrongly claimed that President Olusegun Obasanjo launched partition of Nigeria into political zones. The right place of zoning is that it was the brainchild of the late Vice President Alex Ekwueme, who launched it on the 1995 constitutional convention organised at Abuja by the late Basic Sani Abacha.

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