Ogun State Commissioner for Forestry Chief Kolawole Lawal Mobolorunduro has commended Governor Ibikunle Amosun for giving the people of Ogun West Senatorial district the opportunity to produce the next governor of the state come 2019.
The Commissioner disclosed that since the creation of the state in 1976, the people of the zone have been marginalized in respect to governance at the centre leading to the stagnant growth in the area.
The commissioner said the pronouncement by the governor would put an end to various agitations by the people of the district.
“Producing the next governor of the state in 2019 would bring an end to the era of neglect just as our people will begin to enjoy the dividend of democracy we all fought for.
He said: â€˜â€™Some people try as much as possible to write their name in gold while some chose otherwise. Governor Ibikunle Amosun has written his name in gold by coming up with his declaration that only a credible candidate from Yewa Awori will succeed him come 2019. Our people will never forget him for taking this bold step.
â€˜â€™ Let me take you down the memory lane. In 1979, Chief Bisi Onabanjo from Ijebu won the governorship election on the platform of Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN). He was represented by the party in 1983 and won again. An Egba man, Chief Segun Osoba succeeded Onabanjo in 1993. He returned in 1999 under AD as the Executive governor of the state. In 2003 Gbenga Daniel came in through the PDP in 2003 on the ticket of Remo and he ruled for eight years before Senator Amosu took over power in 2011. In all these, the Ogun West was totally excluded from the political equationâ€™.
â€˜â€™ Democracy itself is about equity and equal opportunity and we are very happy that we the people of Yewa Awori are now being allowed to have a voice on the governance of our stateâ€™â€™.
The commissioner, therefore, advised the leadership of the party in the state to ensure that the process that would produce the governorship candidate of the party come 2019 is credible and transparent.
â€˜â€™Ours is a great party that believes in equity and justice. I will like to see this displayed in whatever selection process to be embarked on come 2019 to enable us to produce a candidate that cannot be matched by the opposition in terms knowledge, know how, capability and acceptance by the good people of Ogun Stateâ€™â€™.