by Godwin Akanfe
In response to an allegation leveled against him by the former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniels, the present governor of the state, Ibikunle Amosun, has described Daniel as “a prodigal son, who sold off all the patrimonies of the state under a fake concession agreement”.
The former Governor had earlier accused Amosun of selling off all the farmlands in the state to other states.
Amosun who was addressing a crowd on Thursday morning, during the official working visit and local government assessment tour of Odeda local government area; cited a case of Apoje Farm Settlement, which he said Daniel sold to a former commissioner in Lagos State, Prince Ademola Adeniji-Adele at a ridiculous price.
“When they came into power, the farmlands were over 60, when we came in, it remained only five. They are rogues, God will punish them all.
“Our forefathers will never forgive them and the generations coming will also curse them. They thought we are like them, we are not. I am not a bastard from Isoko”, Amosun stated.
“They came to us then. We are the ones they ran to, and we helped them to get where they are claiming today as their home. Although, it wasn’t time for political campaign, I will not hesitate to respond to Daniel’s allegations against me and my administration here in the same Odeda local government.
“He is envious of our achievements and successes recorded within the past few years. We need to let them know that we are not thieves like them, and I make bold to say that OGD and his people are thieves.
Amosun who declared that the ex-governor had no ancestral relationship with the state, vowed to expose all the intrigues which played out that eventually earned Daniel the citizenship of Ogun State. He also stating that he was familiar with the system that facilitated how Daniel ‘purchased’ his claim to Sagamu citizenship during the period he wanted to contest the governorship seat of the state in 2003; a deed he said will be made known to the public at an appropriate time.
He described Daniel as treasury looter who deliberately sold the collective patrimony of Ogun State under fake concession arrangements with the intention of ruining the state.
“They will not be able to stand and campaign for votes here in Odeda by the time I start exposing them. They are treasury looters. If not for the type of the country we are, they ought to have covered their hands in shame, rather than boasting around the town”, Amosun declared.
Contrary to the claim by the former governor that he left $10bn in the state treasury on the property at Ikenne, Amosun said his administration only met $1m in the treasury.
“They said they sold Ikenne Plantation Farm to a foreign company at the rate of $10bn, when we came in, we saw that they lied there, and the later came out to say it was just $10m.
“We met only one million there, we are not thieves like them; they are thieves. We are bonafide sons of the soil and will never do things that will destroy the future of our children.
“They are not happy because all the properties they stole, we have retrieved them. The hotel, farms, money and others have been recollected, we are not thieves and rogues like them. We will do what is needful,” the Ogun state governor concluded.