Ban on active politics across the country is yet to be lifted by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) but the politicians in Ogun State unwilling to be caught napping are already warming up ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Mustapha, Paseda & Adebutu
The subtle political moves could be discerned sharply in the Ogun East Senatorial district (Ijebu and Remo) of the state comprising nine Local Government Areas, where each of the actors is jostling to succeed the incumbent Governor Ibikunle Amosun of the All Progressives Congress (APC) whose two term of eight years tenure lapses in May 29, 2019.
Prominent politicians in this haste to succeed Amosun are Senator Lekan Mustapha from Ijebu – Igbo in Ijebu North Local Government Area, Hon. Ladi Adebutu from Iperu in Remo North Local Government Area and Prince Rotimi Paseda from Omu in Odogbolu Local Government Area.
It is not yet clear on which political platform Senator Mustapha is pursuing his governorship aspiration.
The two times House of Representatives member and one term Senator – all secured on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), moved to the Labour Party (LP) in the build – up to the 2015 general elections and sought to return to the Senate on the platform of LP but lost the chance at the poll to the current occupant of the seat, Senator Buruji Kashamu.
Honourable Ladi Adebutu, son of a billionaire business magnate and philanthropist, Sir Kessington Adebutu, leads a faction of the crisis – ridden and fragmented PDP in Ogun State, where former Chairman of Ifo Local Government Area, Sikirullai Ogundele, is the factional chairman.
Ladi’s faction of the PDP has zoned the ticket of the party to Ogun East, ostensibly to pave way for him to pick it seamlessly and his ambition seemed to be getting the tacit support of his father who many said would throw his solid financial muscle in support of the son.
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Prince Paseda has not hidden his ambition to govern Ogun State. He contested the 2015 gubernatorial election in the state on the platform of the resuscitated Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) but lost to Amosun.
But he has re-jigged his ambition, promising to re – enact in the state, the social welfarist programmes of the Old UPN under the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, if given the chance.
The curious angle to the aspiration of Mustapha, Adebutu and Paseda- all Ijebu sons, is its tendency to disrupt the political apple cart of the 2019 Yewa agenda.
Although it is the legitimate and constitutional right of every citizen of the state to aspire for the office of the governor in any political dispensation but what is unsettling to many is the implication to the yearnings of the Ogun West people.
Ogun State is politically delineated into three Senatorial districts namely; Ogun West(Yewa – Awori), Ogun East(Ijebu – Remo) and Ogun Central(Egba).
And since the creation of the State in 1976, the Ijebu – Remo and Egba have taken repeated turns to produce Governors in late Victor Olabisi Onabanjo (Ijebu, 1979 -1983), Chief Segun Osoba (Egba, 1992 – 1993 and 1999 -2003), Gbenga Daniel (Remo, 2003 – 2011) and Governor Ibikunle Amosun (Egba, 2011 till date) and even during the military era, Major General Oladipo Diya (Ijebu) also governed the state as military administrator.
But the Ogun West (Yewa – Awori) people are yet to produce a Governor, a situation that remained puzzling and even unbelievable sometimes.
It is not to be taken that people from the area have not made series of attempts in the past to give the state a governor but every of their efforts, often ends in fiasco following what many now believed is a product of a hidden conspiracy of the Ijebu – Remo and Egba people to continually use their numerical strength to frustrate the aspirations of the Ogun West people.
Those who hold this line of thought always cite the 2011 and 2015 when someone from Ogun West, Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka (GNI) put a robust fight to become a governor and in both instances, lost to Amosun, an Egba man from Ogun Central.
Today, the familiar circle appears to be running its course again with the trio of Mustapha, Adebutu and Paseda eyeing Amosun’s job.
Observers are of the opinion that beneath this ambition of these three Ijebu musketeers, are plots to again scuttle the chances of the Yewa – Awori people ever producing a governor in 2019.
Already, Ogun West people like Speaker Suraj Adekunbi, the Commissioner for Forestry, Kola Lawal, Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s Chief of staff, Tolu Odebiyi (Ogun West), Senator Solomon Adeola (Yayi) and Chairman, Local Government Service Commission, Rotimi Rahmon are among other personalities desirous of succeeding Amosun.
But the fear is that the ambition of any of these Ogun West sons – nay the entire political zone, may end in failure like that of GNI in the past should these Ijebu politicians pushed through with their ambition to produce a governor in 2019. They (Ijebu – Remo) have their numerical strength, willing ally in Egba people and the intractable division among the Ogun west people to succeed in this unfair game.