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2019: Allow Ogun West to produce next governor, Adeola begs Ijebu/Remo people.

One of the frontline aspirants for the governorship seat in Ogun State in the forthcoming general election in 2019, Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, has appealed to the people of Ogun East Senatorial District to give support the aspiration of the Ogun West, in producing the next governor.

He said the actualization of the dreams and aspirations of the people of Ogun West could be realised if the people of other senatorial districts in the spirit of equity, justice and fairness support their agitation.

Adeola said this while fielding questions with newsmen at the grand finale of the 2017 Oroona Festival, Ilaro, on Saturday.

He said, 'It is as a result to balance the equation that led to the agitation of Yewa for governor after 41 years of existence. What the Ijebu has done as a race is nothing strange, it is just laying claim to what they believe also is their own equal right.

'But we are only using this opportunity to appeal to them that it is only fair, it is only equity and justice, that they should allow us, for the first time after over 40 years of our existence as a people, under one indivisible entity called Ogun State, to allow the Ogun West to produce the governor, at least for once.

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'It is not a matter of confrontation, it is a matter of appeal, a matter of understanding that we are calling on the Ijebu as a race, to allow a Yewa man to be governor for the first time after these years.'

Adeola denied news making the round that he was finding alternative platform to actualise his aspiration.

'I am a progressive from day one I joined politics and I intend to remain as one. So whosoever is saying I am shopping for another platform, apart from APC, is just speculating. As far as I am concerned, I remain a loyal member of APC and as a party man.

'I want to say that I will respect the rules of the party, provided everything works according to the party guidelines, and there is equity, justice and fairplay.

' I have only warned that for the first time Yewa land is presenting a governor, let the candidate be from the people of Yewa land and not a governor that will be forced on the people of Ogun West. This is because it is a standard in the past, where other two senatorial districts produced the governors, nobody forced the governors on them. They allowed them to choose whoever became the governor and contested the election. And at the end of the day, only the best candidate emerged,' he added.

It is in the same spirit that I am calling on all the relevant stakeholders in the state, to allow fairplay, equity, fairness and justice to reign, so that Yewa can have their best of the best as governor come 2019.

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Publication:Nigerian Tribune (Oyo State, Nigeria)
Date:Nov 20, 2017
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