Opinion: Ogun state is now for the highest bidder

by Tajudeen Sanusi

Even though the last general election was just a year ago, the race to occupy the Oke-Mosan Governor’s office of Ogun State has begun in an unprecedented pace. In what seems like a planned move, potential contenders have started composing campaign teams and many already mapping out strategies on how to clinch the available party’s ticket.

In an atmosphere on fanfare last year, Governor Ibikunle Amosun was overwhelming re-elected into office for a second term after what many tagged as an impressive performance in the first tenure. One of his numerous strides which got him accolades was the urban renewal programme where major roads across the state were expanded to accommodate more traffic and give the state a facelift. In 2019, the state will be looking out for an individual who possesses the cerebrally and technical acumen to not only continue the works of the present administration but also to develop a framework which will make Ogun State benefit immensely from the large economic potentials of Lagos state.

In the midst of the early tussles lies a booming doctrine that if not checked has the capacity to mortgage the future of the state and the generations unborn. The sudden influx of capitalists into the political scene of Ogun State is disturbing. While it is important that the private sector and investors play a prominent role in the development of the state, leaving such societal designed duties to control the instrument of governance threatens not just the independent of such public office but also create an avenue for manipulation of government policies for self-seeking ventures at the detriment of the people.

On the side of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) lays Senator Olamilekan Adeola, the 47 year-old politician representing Lagos West Senatorial district.

The Senator who as at last general election was shuttling between representing his ancestral lineage of Ogun and new home of Lagos but fell out of place with Governor Amosun is a known stooge of the former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Tinubu. Senator Adeola is believed to have a large pocket and his ambition well-funded by powerful businessmen in Ogun West notably the renowned philanthropist, Alhaji Ibahim Egungbohun alias IB Dende amongst other political associates of Asiwaju Tinubu. The unprecedented level of display of opulence and waste at every of his visits with distribution of gifts worth billions of naira leaves the mind in total shock.

But if that leaves the mouth grasping, the entry of the Lottery magnate, Chief Kessignton Adebutu’s son, Honourable Ladi Adebutu into the arena throws tantrum into any form of sanity left in the political play, especially in the People’s Democratic Party which he belongs to.

With many still struggling to come to terms with the election of the young Adebutu into the Federal House of Representatives especially on his known behavior of recklessness and braggadocios nature alongside his bafflement posture, his acute alcoholic and unrepentant smoking attitude makes him out rightly unsuitable for any public office talk less of a sacred position of the Governor of a state.
Many wonders why of all the children at his disposal the philanthropist has chosen to back the one that pose as incoherent.

While the Adebutu’s family possesses enough financial muscle to support any candidate, the sudden pledge of a whooping ten billion naira by the billionaire to support his son’s candidacy queries the much advertised humanitarian nature attached to the family as such move birth desperation. Furthermore, the move to push him as the governorship candidate of his party in 2019 will further dent the already battered image of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

As 2019 draws near, the onus lays on the electoral body to ensure decency and check on money bags and political merchants who are hell-bent on hijacking the state.


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Tajudeen Sanusi is a Surveyor in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State

Comments (6)

  1. Hon Ladi Adebutu is a blessing to Ogun PDP and come 2019 Lado is the best man for the job. The writer is been bias and it has shown that he is only looking for attention. No amount of blackmail from anybody can stop the progress of Hon Ladi Adebutu, this writer need to wise up and stop playing politics of hatred by misleading the people.

  2. Comment: I learn better attitude from the greater principal Hon Ladi Adebutu he never rob Paul to pay Peter if everyone of us can flash back to Otunba Justice Gbenga Daniel former Governor of Ogun State he build Ogun State to better standard, business move in normal way investors came into the State with good products not the way we are now in the state, Hon Oladipupo Adebutu took the right step and presently 99% of Ogun peoples loves him more than incumbent Governor, this is a good product that we can sell out to all grassroots political and members of Ogun State in general. Then beware of that man that used the party name PDP to trade.

  3. Comment: Why do you want to mortgaged Ogun state to Lagos state emperor? The right person for the job is Hon Oladipupo Adebutu because he knows the fundamental problem of the people of Ogun state

  4. Comment:Ladi is the most suitable if all that has indicated interest for now.

    his courage, experience, exposure and political readiness to turn the state around infrastructurally and economically is what is need to move Ogun forward.

  5. Comment: This article is one sided and bias. It does not follow ethics of journalism. Hon Oladipupo Adebutu is a grassroot and people friendly politician. He is the right man for that job.

  6. Comment: I want to assert that the author of this piece must have put this up based on either of the two angles. 1. myopic narrative or 2. malicious politicking.

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