By Samuel Ogundipe
Former Governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, has advised the people of Ogun East Senatorial District of the state to vote out Governor Ibikunle Amosun when they go to poll next month, arguing that the governor had shown through the perpetual victimization of his deputy, Segun Adesegun, that he has no iota of respect for the Ijebu.
Osoba, who gave this advice during an interactive session with traditional chiefs at Ago-Iwoye, said the incumbent governor, who is of the Egba extraction of the state, is too sectional to lead the Gateway State.
“The governor is the governor of Abeokuta. That is where most of the projects are situated, while other areas in the state are left out.”
Osoba argued that Mr. Adesegun was suggested to be Amosun’s running mate in the 2011 elections because they had thought he would be able to tap from his wealth of experience upon assumption of office.
“We gave Adesegun as Amosun’s deputy because of his experience as commissioner for works under my administration.
“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 out to Adesegun as that of Adesegun alone. They should see it 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 Ijebus 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.