By Dayo Johnson
INDICATION emerged weekend that the immediate past governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Agagu may be eyeing the senate going by the flooding of Okitipupa with his posters which had caused sharp disagreement among the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, members in the state.
But investigation revealed that some youths and Okada riders opposed to the development immediately defaced and tore the posters in protest.
The sudden appearance of the posters in the area is causing crisis as while some members of the party see the development as a betrayer of trust following the ex- governor’s declaration not to seek any further elective position, others see nothing wrong in his ambition.
However, Dr Agagu who hails from the Ondo South Senatorial District area of the state, denied knowledge of the posters, saying that they never emanated from him.
Agagu, in his reaction to the development said he had never announced any intention to contest any seat in 2011, adding that he knew nothing about the posters.
Also speaking the former Chief of Staff, COS, to Dr Agagu, Mr. Femi Agagu said no decision had been taken on whether the former governor should contest or not
The posters which read â€œThink Connection wants Agagu for Senateâ€ was signed by a group in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, known as the Network Forum and were pasted in some parts of Okitipupa.
It asked the former governor to come out of his retirement and salvage the senatorial district by giving it quality representative.
They were conspicuous pasted at Okitipupa round about, Ayeka and the secretariat of the PDP in Okitipupa local government area.
Dependable sources in Okitipupa said the posters were pasted in the wee hours weekend by an aide to a former commissioner in the state to gauge the feelings of other contestants in the area.
It was gathered that some of the posters were angrily removed or torn by youths and operators of commercial motorcycles known as Okada operating in the town.
Those who reportedly removed the posters allegedly said that the governor had said he was not interested in political position and knowing him for his words some political jobbers were trying to push him into the race.
Vanguard gathered that the PDP youths who tore the posters said they have confirmed from leaders of the party and they have been told that the former governor has given them his words that he would not contest.
A leader in the area who spoke with Vanguard in confidence said they know the former governor to be a man of integrity, having said at a thanksgiving service after leaving office that he was through with any elective office hence their action to abort the plans of the few PDP leaders who wants to make him change his mind for their selfish interest.
A cross section of politicians in the area also welcomed the development but some were of the view that even if he was being pressurized by some people, Agagu should not yield to such pressure.
A Senatorial aspirant in the area, Mr. Sola Jimoh said Agagu had said it openly that he would not seek any elective office again and that he got his blessings and that of other party elders before he embarked on the mission to represent his people at the Senate.
According to him, â€œformer Governor Agagu had said it openly before at a meeting with some of us who wished to contest election into various offices next year that he would not contest again. He even wished me well. For now, I am not sure that he would want to contest, I am not even aware of his posters.â€
Contacted on the development two of the leaders of the party in the state, Chief Segun Adegoke, a former Special Adviser on Political Matters and a former Information Commissioner in the state, Mr. John Mafo, said they heard about the pasting of Agaguâ€™s posters but had not seen it.
Mafo said he would support the idea of the former governor contesting for the seat, adding that he is the best material the state can produce from that area.
He pointed out that the likes of Dr Agagu are in the Senate and he would only join them to make things happen in the state.
On his part, Chief Adegoke said he was ready to support the ambition as Agagu adding that he is best material for the seat capable of giving the area good representation.
He said that although Dr Agagu had not told him of his immediate ambition however pointed out that if he is really interested he would support him whole heartedly.
According to him Dr Agagu would help move the state forward if he eventually decides to go for the Senate seat.
He said those that have so far showed interest are wasting their time as they cannot stand the former governor.