By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—Former governor of Ogun State, and national leader of Social Democratic Party, SDP, Chief Olusegun Osoba, yesterday, described the state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun as a “sectional governor.”
Osoba also called on all the people of Ijebu to see the injustice allegedly meted out to the deputy governor of the state, Prince Segun Adesegun, by the governor as a slap on the faces of people of Ijebuland, which he said Adesegun represented.
The former governor stated this while speaking at a meeting with a cross section of traditional Chiefs, Baales and Olorituns in Ago-Iwoye, Ijebu North Local Government Area of the state, shortly after he inaugurated some projects including a staff room at Ago Iwoye Secondary School and hall at Itamerin Comprehensive High School, among others constructed by a Senator representing Ogun East, Senator Adegbenga Kaka.
Kaka, who named one of the projects after Osoba, said the gesture was in recognition of the ex-governor’s contributions to the state.
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The senator appealed to the people to vote for SDP in the February general elections, saying it remained the only true progressive party.
In his remarks, Osoba alleged that Amosun had concentrated his projects in Abeokuta and its environs to the detriment of other towns in the state.
He also accused Amosun of abandoning the Ago-Iwoye bridge which he said his administration had initiated but, building bridges at Sapon, Itoku and Iyana Mortuary in Abeokuta.
He further claimed that Amosun’s government had failed to deliver the dividends of democracy, urging the electorate to send the party packing with votes in next month’s general elections.
Reacting to the recent endorsement of Amosun by former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Osoba described the governor as a stooge of the former President , saying most supporters of Amosun are loyalists of the ex-president.
Osoba said: “Amosun has used his three and half years to concentrate in a particular area. He is a sectional governor.
“We gave Adesegun as Amosun’s deputy because of his experience as Commissioner for Works. We had expected that the governor would tap from Adesegun’s wealth of experience in governance but the governor chose otherwise and started constructing bridges where there is no water.
“Amosun really dealt with Adesegun; he maltreated him. Ijebu people should not see the insult meted out to Adesegun as that of Adesegun alone. They should see it as a collective insult. Therefore, it is time for Ijebu people to fight back with their votes. I’m begging you to stop the maltreatment of the Ijebus with your votes.”