Ogun 2023: Our Visit To Odole Oodua Not Political - G75 Obas - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Ogun 2023: Our Visit To Odole Oodua Not Political - G75 Obas

The Daily Crucible | Tuesday, January 4, 2022

By Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

A group of 75 traditional rulers in Ogun State have said that the recent visit of some of their members to the Odole Oodua, Sir Keshington Adebutu, is not political, and urged good people of the state to discountenance anything to the contrary.

High Chief Adebutu, a foremost philantropist, industrialist and billionaire business tycoon from Iperu town in Ogun East senatorial district, is the father of former House of Representatives member and Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) chieftain in the state, Hon. Ladi Adebutu.

Hon. Adebutu is believed to nurse a burning desire to become governor of Ogun State. Some imposing billboards bearing his images could be seen standing at strategic locations in parts of the three senatorial districts of the Gateway State - all subliminally depicting a man with an ambition to lead Ogun people, perhaps in 2023.

The incumbent governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who also hails from Iperu like the Odole Oodua and his son, Hon. Adebutu, wants re-election in 2023 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) but he appeared to be having under the table rough tackles in Ogun East - both from some members of his party - APC,  and the opposition PDP. And more of such tackles should be expected in the coming weeks and months ahead of 2023. 

The Daily Crucible recalls that the 75 traditional rulers were appointed by governor Ibikunle Amosun in the twilight of his administration but his successor, Dapo Abiodun, cancelled the appointment and directed the affected monarchs to stop parading themselves as Obas. And following from this and many other intricate issues, there has not been any love lost politically since between the once two jolly good fellows - Senator Ibikinle Amosun and governor Dapo Abiodun.

Few hours to the governorship election in Ogun State in 2019, Ladi Adebutu whose governorship ambition was scuttled with criris within Ogun PDP, later struck a deal with Amosun's political son and preferred man to succeed him, Hon. Abdulkabir Adekunle Akinlade, who contested against Abiodun on the platform of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) but the alliance failed to save Akinlade and APM from defeat in 2019.

However, the monarchs sought redress in court and upon challenging their sack by Abiodun's administration, the court recently declared the action of the state government void and of no effect, thereby making the office the 75 Obas legal and valid.

It was not surprising that the visit of some members of G - 75 traditional rulers to Sir Keshington Adebutu soon wears political coloration in the estimation of some watchers of the political dynamics in the state. The visit was interpreted to mean forging of a new political relationship and rekindling of past ones through proxies ahead of 2023.

But the monarchs have come out to say the visit is devoid of any political undertone.

The affected coronet obas who spoke through Olu Ipebi Ijebu Mushin and General secretary, G-75 Coronet Obas, Oba Tanimowo Folarin, said the traditional rulers visited Odole Oodua because of his philanthropic gestures to humanities, adding that Sir Keshington Adebutu only invited the traditional rulers for the new year celebration, an annual celebration in Iperu, Ogun state, devoid of partisan politics.        

Oba Folarin who made this position known in a release, also pledged the group's unalloyed commitment and loyalty to the present administration in Ogun State to succeed in its policies and programmes.

"Our attention has been drawn to a publication going around that the visit of some traditional rulers who are members of the G-75 Coronet Obas to Odole Oodua is political.    
"I wish to state that Odole Oodua, Sir Keshington Adebutu, is a respected high chief, who has bagged several chieftaincy titles not only in Ogun state, but all the states in the south west from traditional rulers because of his philanthropic gestures to humanities.                            

"Sir Keshington Adebutu only invited the traditional rulers for the new year celebration, an annual celebration in Iperu, Ogun state.         

"Odole Oodua is a reverred high chief who will never invite any traditional ruler to a political meeting and as traditional rulers, we are not politicians and we remain so.              
"The visit of these traditional rulers is purely an arrangement that has been put in place for a very long time which cannot be turned down because of the pedigree of the personality of Sir Keshington Adebutu.           

" As our constitutional roles, traditional rulers should not be seen or heard to be political, instead they should be seen to be protecting the traditional heritage.    
" We remain apolotical, very committed and loyal to the present administration and as well renewed our pledge to continue to support the state government to succeed in its policies and programmes," he said.

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