28th January, 2015
Chief Olusegun Osoba has described Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State as a stooge of the former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, calling on the people of the state to vote him out of the office during the February 28, 2015 governorship election.
Osoba, a former governor of the state also begged the people of the state, especially the Ijebu’s to reject Amosun for the treatment he meted out to one of their sons, his estranged deputy, Prince Segun Adesegun.
Adesegun is the deputy governor of Ogun state but has defected to the Social Democratic Party, SDP alongside Chief Osoba and others late last year during the internal crisis that split the APC in the state.
The Ago Iwoye born former Commissioner for Works currently the deputy governorship candidate of the SDP in the state while a serving Senator in the State, representing Ogun West, Senator Kamardeen Akin Odunsi is the governorship candidate of the party in the state.
Osoba disclosed that virtually all the supporters of Governor Amosun today are loyalists and die-hard political sons and daughters of Obasanjo populary called Ebora Owu.
Osoba stated this on Tuesday during his town hall meeting with the cross-section of traditional chiefs, Baales and Olorituns from Ago-Iwoye in Ijebu North local government area of the state.
Also speaking at the inauguration of some projects initiated by Senator Sefiu Adegbenga Kaka, the senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Osoba alleged that Governor Amosun is a sectional governor, who concentrated most of his projects in Abeokuta and its environs to the detriment of other towns in the state.
He pointed out that the shabby treatment of Adesegun by Amosun was a slap to the people of Ijebuland, which he said, Adesegun represented. “We gave Adesegun as Amosun’s deputy because of his experience as Commissioner for Works. We had expected that the governor would tap from Adesegun’s wealth of experience in governance, but the governor chose otherwise and started constructing bridges where there is no water.
“Amosun really dealt with Adesegun; he maltreated him. Ijebu people should not see the insult meted on Adesegun as a collective insult.
“Therefore, it is time for Ijebu people to fight back with their votes. I’m begging you to stop the maltreatment of the Ijebu’s with your votes.
“It is time to defend yourselves. This is not 1999 election when you voted for your kinsman, Jubril Martins-Kuye against me. You must show Amosun with your votes come February 28, 2015. All of you must come out en-masse and pay Amosun back,” Osoba declared.
The SDP chieftain also accused the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state of planning to mop up Permanent Voter Cards, (PVC’s) ahead of the elections, urging the voters to beware and resist any form of inducement.
Senator Adegbenga Kaka, who named one of the projects after his former boss, Olusegun Osoba, said the gesture was in recognition of the ex-governor’s contributions to the state.
Kaka, who was a former deputy under Osoba, is the Ogun East Senatorial candidate of the SDP in the February 14, 2015 election. He appealed to the people of the area especially and the entire people of Ogun state to cast their vote for SDP in the February general elections, stressing that, the party remained the only progressive party in the country today.