Daily Maverick

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, on Saturday justified why the Ogun West Senatorial District should produce the next governor of the state in 2019.

They both spoke in Abeokuta at the 80th birthday ceremony of a former Secretary to the State Government, Deacon Poju Adeyemi, stressing that the people of Ogun West are competent, qualified and capable of governing the state.

Obasanjo said it will be unfair to deny Ogun West the governorship position in 2019, after more than 40 years of the creation of Ogun State.

He said Ogun West has credible, illustrious and competent professionals in all sphere of endeavour such as academia, military, civil service and politics.

However, the former President warned the people of Ogun West to sink their differences and come up with a single candidate in the forthcoming elections.

He said the Zone has been unable to present a single candidate in previous elections due to their political rivalry.

According to him, the people of Ogun East Senatorial District have been outsmarting Ogun West in previous elections by standing behind a single, united candidate.

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Governor Amosun, while eulogising the celebrant, said the only way to make him (Adeyemi) happy for the rest of his life is to make sure that a candidate from Ogun West emerges as the next governor of Ogun State in 2019.

He said the District should produce the next governor in the spirit of justice, equity and fairness.

The Governor said the people of Ogun West have contributed immensely to the growth and development of Ogun State, adding that the only way to compensate them is to give them the governorship slot in 2019.

He urged all stakeholders in the state to see reason with him in ensuring that a candidate from Ogun West takes over from him in May 2019.

Prominent personalities at the birthday ceremony included the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount ruler of Yewaland, His Royal Highness, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, the Olubara of Ibara, His Royal Highness, Oba Jacob Omolade, Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Suraj Adekunbi, members of the Ogun State Executive Council, members of the Ogun State Traditional Council and the children of the celebrant.