By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—Following the allegation that the Senator representing Lagos West, Senator Solomon Adeola is a foreigner, his kinsmen under the aegis of Isaga descendants Union in Ogun State have cleared the air on his disputed origin, declaring that he is an indigene of Ogun State.
On his part, Senator Adeola representing Lagos West in the National Assembly, appreciated his people for their support and promised not to betray the confidence reposed in him.
He said, “I heard that some people said, I was once confused and in search of my root; that is not true. I have never claimed another root other than my ancestral home.
“I want to say I hold the governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, in very high esteem and I will never disrespect him as a governor of my own state.”
At a meeting held yesterday in Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government Area, members of the Union faulted the claim that the senator was not from Ogun State, insisting that, he hails from Isaga which has 32 communities across Ogun State and neighbouring Lagos.
They declared that Adeola, a All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Ogun State, remains their son and eminently qualified to contest in 2019.
This came barely a week after the state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun vowed not to allow a “foreigner” to succeed him apparently in reference to Adeola’s gubernatorial ambition.
But speaking on behalf of the Isaga people, former Pro-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Chief Lawrence Osayemi, said Adeola is a bonafide son with origin in Yewa axis of Ogun State.
He said, “Senator Adeola’s origin in Yewa is never in doubt, even though his detractors and adversaries call him various names ranging from ‘Tekobo’ through ‘Atohunrinwa’ to ‘foreigner,’ but we know he is a bonafide Isaga son, whose great grandfather, Olege migrated from Isaga-Orile, a Yewa town in the present Abeokuta North Local Government Area to Ago Isaga, Pahayi, after the Dahomean invasion of Isaga-Orile on March 15, 1862.
“The invasion left the town devastated and there were family descendants, which led to the founding of so many Isaga settlements across Yewa, Abeokuta, Lagos and the Republic of Benin.”