The family heads in Ibadan land, under the banner of Authentic Mogajis yesterday queried the interest of the former governor of Lagos State and the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the gubernatorial election of Oyo state.
The group also warned a former governor of the state, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala over his recent utterances against the OSI Olubadan of Ibadanland, Cheif Rasidi Ladoja. Akala who was the arrowhead of a recent coalition of major opposition parties had in a video while addressing his supporters said Ladoja told him that he could not become a governor because he was not an Ibadan indigene. The former governor further said he opted out of the coalition for the interest of the yet unborn generations in his home town of Ogbomoso so that Ibadan people would stop considering themselves as the sole owner of Oyo State. But the authentic Mogajis in a statement issued yesterday by its spokesperson, Wale Oladoja in Ibadan, said Akala has demonstrated his hatred for the progress of Oyo State for urging the coalition to present him as a candidate when he knew he is battling with health challenges. The statement reads in part: “We believe that Ogbomoso and Ibadan are from the same mother, therefore, we don’t expect Akala to cause a crisis between the two ancient cities.”
“What is the interest of Tinubu in Oyo Guber politics? It is an open secret that he is instigating two brothers against each other and it is not acceptable to us. The candidates of PDP and APC are our sons and we don’t want external forces to create divisions among them.” “Both of them are gentlemen from Ibadan but we realised that Seyi Makinde is more of a grassroots than his younger brother. Therefore we appeal to our people especially the entire Ibadan indigenes, Ibarapa, Saki, iseyin, Oyo and the entire people of the state to consider the closeness of Seyi Makinde to the grassroots before voting. We implore Adelabu to wait till 2023 to actualise his ambition.” The group further said it won’t allow any individual to insult the stool of Olubadan and the High Chief Rasidi Ladoja for saying the truth to the authority. The statement further urged the former governor to desist from any damaging statement that could put the whole of the state into jeopardy, adding that the entire people of the state aware of the deal between him and a former governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the Saturday’s Guber election. The family heads noted that Ladoja is a man of integrity who has a passion for the progress of his people and the state as a whole.