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OGD and the shadow chasers

By Raheem Ajayi

MR. Sanusi demonstrated so much pettiness in his write-up titled: “The Nation, OGD and his Shadows” in his column  in The Nation of Friday, January 29, 2010, that ignoring him would only serve to encourage further wild-goose chase.

To start with, readers should understand that Sanusi is an indigene of Ogun State with vested political interest. This background needs to be pointed out in the light of the many issues raised and woven together by the writer in his desire to further mislead the reading public and to sustain the smear campaign against the OGD-led government in Ogun State.

The columnist merely chronicled political events in the Gateway State to echo the conspiracy theory being peddled by critics who are eager to draw hazy conclusions regarding the unfortunate and unwarranted killing of Otunba Dipo Dina. These critics in their myopic desire to return a verdict of guilt on OGD see the tragic end of Otunba Dina as a lifetime opportunity for deepening their evil plot against OGD.

Mr. Sanusi was obviously out to rationalise the complicity or culpability of OGD and his government in the unfortunate murder of Otunba Dina by yet-to-be identified gunmen on Monday,  January 25, 2010.

Unfortunately, the writer failed woefully to follow his dubious track logically on the strength of his hypothesis to the effect that “if OGD could be so virulent on his party members, what will the Governor not do to undermine members of the opposition”. Be that as it may, one does not see how The Nation comes in as an issue except that the writer needed to chase shadows to draw the conclusion that suits the imagination of his fellow travellers.

While it cannot be dismissed that OGD as Governor of Ogun State thus has responsibility to ensure the security of lives and property, the truth also is that political opponents of the Governor tend to blow the issue of insecurity out of proportion. It would be most insincere to hold the Governor solely responsible for the political crises in Ogun State. The agitation for power shift to the people of Yewa-Awori is the genesis of the noise that has been amplified by politicians who most often exploit the media for selfish and dubious reasons.

I do not see anything wrong in the people of Ogun West seeking to produce the Governor of the State in 2011, especially when other sections in the State have had a shot at the seat of the state chief executive. In the same vein, I also do not see anything wrong in the declaration of His Excellency, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, when he told the whole world that matters of equity, justice and fairness are sacrosanct.

The questions Mr. Sanusi should ask his friends who parted ways with OGD are as follow: What transpired that could have warranted assassination plot by the Governor? If the accusers of OGD are afraid to tell their stories publicly, how many of their friends have they confided in and what are the issues they have raised? If OGD was truly after the so-called ex-loyalists, why are they afraid to spill the beans and let the heavens fall? Whereas the public has been inundated with stories and fairy-tales of survival from OGD gunmen, why have the accusers been so spineless by concealing information regarding identity and operations of the hit squad?

The zeal to paint OGD black would appear to obfuscate common journalistic standard. According to the columnist: “OGD worked with Niran Malaolu before he resigned abruptly; Wale Adedayo, his erstwhile confidant claimed he attempted his life, Waliu Taiwo who once did dirty jobs for him left him in curious circumstances while Kayode Samuel, immediate past Commissioner for Information in the State who insulted his Oba, the Alake of Egbaland on radio withdrew his services from Daniel’s cabinet in circumstances that cast serious aspersion on the person of OGD”. I am aware Mr. Kayode Samuel was a colleague of Mr. sanusi at the Vanguard. Shouldn’t he have done the needful by approaching Mr. Samuel to find out why he resigned from the cabinet of OGD rather than mere speculation?

Mr. Sanusi obviously has a king-size headache licking his wounds regarding the prevailing political order in Ogun State. The Yoruba would say ‘A n ju won o se wi lejo; ija ilara o tan boro’, meaning: ‘He who is on the loser’s side surely has a deep wound to lick’. The truth is that OGD’s tenure in Ogun State has not accommodated the writer’s ambition for a political appointment.

Mr. Ajayi, is SA,Youths and Sports to the Ogun State governor.


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