By Charles Kumolu & Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA — GOVERNOR Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has vowed not to hand over power to a non-indigene of the state in 2019.
This came as OGUN West Peoples Council kicked against the endorsement of the governorship ambition of Senator Solomon Adeola, saying it was against the collective interest of Ogun West Senatorial District.
The President of Ogun West Consultative Forum, Mr. Kayode Ajibola, who is also a chieftain of the Action Democratic Party, ADP, in Ogun State, had on Tuesday endorsed the lawmaker for the governorship race in 2019.
Meanwhile, Amosun spoke yesterday, while addressing elders from Ogun West Senatorial district during a meeting at his Oke-Mosan office in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The elders came to dissociate themselves from a reported endorsement of Senator Solomon Adeola by Ogun West consultative forum.
The governor: “It will not be under my watch that a non-indigene will be governor after me. They came to me before with Isaga-Orile and I said it is under Abeokuta North. They moved from one place to another.
It is a covenant between me and my God, I will be handing over to someone from Ogun West but other senatorial districts are also qualified to contest. But we shouldn’t see them as enemies, it should not appear that we are taking anyone for granted. Our people in Ogun East can come out to contest, in Ogun Central we have agreed, but if anybody comes out from the central, I will confront him frontally.
“We will be tactical and strategic but we shouldn’t pay attention to those that are not necessary. I am free to take my position just like every other person. I am not God, we are human but where we are today, I am supporting people from Ogun West. It will be an insult to us in this state when we have sons and daughters, no ‘Atohunrinwa’ (stranger) will come, they will wreck Ogun State if we allow it.
“You can’t wake up one day and be moving from one place to the other, when it is time for campaign, they will not even come because it will be too hot for them to handle.”
Earlier, the elders from the five local governments of the zone, led by a former Secretary to Ogun State Government, Deacon Poju Adeyemi promised to throw their weight behind the choice of the governor.
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