2023: Pro-Ijebu Group Berths In Ogun, Plots Governorship - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Monday, October 4, 2021

2023: Pro-Ijebu Group Berths In Ogun, Plots Governorship


| The Daily Crucible | Published Monday,  October 4, 2021

By Adekunle Mariam,  Abeokuta 

Ahead of 2023 general election, a socio-political pressure group known as Ijebu Solidarity Movement (ISM) in Ogun East senatorial district of Ogun State, has emerged. 

The group is seeking the emergence of an Ijebu indigene as governor of Ogun State, and is determined to ensure the actualization of the project. 

Although the incumbent governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, hails from Iperu - Remo in Ogun East but the ISM says the next governor of the Gateway State in 2023 should be a son or daughter of the Ijebu ethnic group.
The group held its inaugural meeting at the weekend in Ijebu-Ode, the royal home of every Awujale of Ijebuland and 
headquarters of the old Ijebu Province.

At the meeting attended by representatives from the six local government areas that make up Ijebuland, the ISM said it was imperative for all sons and daughters of Ijebuland to be united and rally round the group to create the much-needed political engagement and awareness across the state towards achieving its objectives.

In his address at the meeting, the Protem Chairman, Otunba Remi Onasanya, said the group was committed to ensuring that the best among Ijebu sons and daughters are put forward to represent Ijebuland at various political fora and government offices.

He recalled that the last time an Ijebu man was a a governor in Ogun State was in 1984 during the civilian administration of the late Chief Bisi Onabanjo.

"In the light of the above, one can safely say since then our people in Ijebu have not enjoyed what it means to be in government in terms of infrastructure and human capital development. This is in spite of our size, population and contributions to the development of our dear Ogun State," Onasanya added.

He argued that if an Ijebu man does not become the governor of Ogun State in 2023, it might take another 20 years before such dream could materialise.

Onasanya submitted that if the above scenario plays out, it would be against the principles of equity, justice and good brotherliness bequeathed by the founding fathers of the state. 

He expressed the readiness of the group to identify and work with Ijebu professionals in various fields to arrive at a workable and sustainable development plan for Ijebuland and the state in general.

He also advised political parties to instill discipline and party supremacy within their folds. 

The ISM leader recalled the days of "Oba mewa" when the wise counsel of the elders and leaders were strictly adhered to, in the overall interest of Ijebuland.

Some of the stakeholders who attended the meeting from the various local government areas in Ijebuland included Alhaji Bashiru Anibi (Ijebu-Ode), Engr. Bayo Awosanya and Mrs Abolaji Adesanya (Ijebu North East), Alhaji Yinusa Olatoye and Hon Adefisan Adesola (Ijebu North), Hon Ogunfadebo Olaniyi and Chief S. A. Adebanjo (Ijebu East). 

The duo of Chief Gbenga Adeodun and Alhaji Abdulwaheed Bolodeoku from Ogun Waterside and Odogbolu local government areas respectively sent their apologies but assured of their presence at the next meeting of the group.

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