Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has declared that he would not be distracted “by any person who has a problem with himself”, saying that Ogun State is not anybody’s fiefdom.
Abiodun made this known during an interview with newsmen shortly after the grand finale of the 50th anniversary of the Abeokuta Club, insisting that he would not join issues with anyone who wants to play God.
Apparently, the governor’s reaction was in response to a statement by his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who had at the same venue, the previous day, alleged that his own party, the APC, rigged the 2019 election in favour of Abiodun.
Emphasising that Ogun State belongs to all and not the inheritance of anyone’s father, the governor promised to be more focused than before and will not be distracted by Amosun’s shenanigans.
“I will not be distracted by any person or persons who have a problem with self delusion. I will not be distracted by any person who does not appreciate that Ogun State is not anybody’s father’s inheritance. We are all stakeholders in this Commonwealth called Ogun state.
“I am not going to join issues with anyone that wants to play God. I will leave them to God, God can deal with whoever is challenging his authority and wants to play God. All I can say is that what we stand for in Ogun State is an administration that is committed to providing purposeful leadership and purposeful infrastructural development across the length and breadth of the state,” he said.
The state helmsman, who also noted that his administration would continue to be against the campaign of discord that will disrupt the peace and continuous development of the state, added that his administration remains committed to the development of all sectors of the state economy.
Abiodun expressed shock, that he still couldn’t believe that a former governor and an incumbent in 2019 would say he was rigged out during the election.
He queried: “How can we, who were on the outside, take on an incumbent and then be accused of rigging out an incumbent in the same party?
“Anyone can explain their failure whichever way they like, anyone can also begin to pant and threaten that they will do whatever. I am not perturbed”, Abiodun said.
Abiodun, who also noted that his administration would, as a matter of urgency, prioritise the development of the President Muhammadu Buhari Estate, added that, a minimum of 250 structures would be built in the estate soon.
“The President Muhammadu Buhari Estate is one of the projects I inherited from my predecessor, that edifice in another maybe month or two, you will see that buildings will begin to be visible in that estate.
“I do not have a doubt that before the end of the year, there will be a minimum of about 250 medium upper beautiful befitting structures”, he said.
The governor, who noted that his administration would continue to give Abeokuta, the state capital, all the attention it deserves, said that the Ijaiye-Oke-Jigbo-Ake road, Saje-Mokola road as well as the Onikolobo-Adigbe road are some of the roads slated for attention by his administration.
Abiodun also informed members of the Abeokuta Club that all the roads embarked upon by his administration since it came on board were done after due consultation with traditional rulers and other stakeholders.
Earlier in his welcome address, the President of Abeokuta Club, Engr. Tokunbo Odebunmi, while noting that the club is not just a social club, but a cultural movement that analyses the past with a view to protect the future, said that members of the club would continue to embrace oneness and love in Egbaland.
The club’s president, while calling on the new inductees to cooperate with government at all levels to make the country a better place, also charged them to be law abiding.
Odebunmi noted that the people of Egbaland “are ready to continue to support the present administration in the state”.
In his remarks, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo, while appreciating Abiodun for the housing projects in the state capital as well as the Panseke-Adigbe, Elite roads, amongst others, affirmed that Abiodun “is a man of his words”.