“The take home from this meeting is that, we are not accepting a stranger to come and take our resources and our inheritance in this place.
“I’m not questioning his coming or wanting to live here, but I’m questioning his politics and that he wants to come and take what belongs to us.”
These were the words of the Committee of Concerned Ogun West Patriots, on the platform of Ogun West Elders, Leaders and Stakeholders, on Wednesday while endorsing incumbent Governor Dapo Abiodun for a second term in office.
The elders of Ogun West in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), said Abiodun’s endorsement was part of the resolutions reached at the stakeholders’ meeting in Ilaro, while discussing the current affairs of things in the Ogun West chapter of APC after which a communique was issued.
The communique signed by Sen. Iyabo Anisulowo; Mrs. Mary Ogunjobi; Salmon Adeleke; Juliana Akintyo; Razak Oduntan; Jimoh Akinlade; Solomon Ajose and Alabi Ojoare stated that,
“As patriotic Yewa-Awori indigenes, we are disturbed at the turn of events; and “As equal stakeholders of the APC in Ogun West, we have risen up to serve as the conscience of our people in curtailing the desperate plot to force an aberration down our throat.
“It must be stated that the principles of participatory democracy supposes that, electoral contests must be based on fairness, equity and justice as guaranteed by extant laws of the land.
“We condemn in totality, the attempt by a serving Senator from Lagos State, to jump the ship and seek the mandate of Ogun West Senatorial District, while still holding on to the one he currently occupies.
“We are shocked and saddened that the ambition of the senator received the support of a section of the party in Ogun West, who have been going around promoting him.
“We want to state emphatically that those who have done the endorsement of the senator are private supporters of that aspirant, and do not speak for the generality of the Elders, Leaders and Stakeholders of Ogun West APC.”
The elders forum therefore, called on the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC, under the leadership of Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, and Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state, to address the illegalities in the district before it degenerates into something unpalatable.