Warns against â€˜importedâ€™ candidates
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has given an inkling of where the gubernatorial political pendulum may swing in Ogun State, come 2019.
Speaking at the inauguration of members of the Consultative Advisory Councils for the 57 local government and local council development authorities in Ogun State yesterday, the governor declared his intention to support and actively campaign for a governorship candidate from the Ogun West senatorial district as his successor.
Addressing a large crowd of party faithful, he said in the interest of fairness, equity and justice, he would not support or campaign for any candidate from the Ogun Central senatorial district that produced him as a two-term governor.
Amosun also said that he would not support any candidate from the Ogun East senatorial district and also not campaign against them.
He was however quick to warn the people of Ogun West senatorial district to ensure that they put their house in order and avoid the temptation to want to impose individuals he described as â€œimported politiciansâ€ as governor in Ogun State.
â€œThis is Ogun State, we know ourselves and we should not allow anybody to impose people we donâ€™t know on us as governor,â€ he said.
While speaking on the importance of the LG/LCDA Advisory Council, Amosun said it will further entrench participatory governance at the grassroots level and strengthen the principle of democracy in the state.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko, urged the appointees to be honest and justify their inclusion in governance.
In their separate goodwill messages, royal fathers from the three Senatorial Districts of the state took turns to advise the newly inaugurated Advisory Council members to see their appointments as a call to service.