Elders from the Yewa axis of Ogun state, have asked Governor Ibikunle Amosun to name his anointed All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate from the axis, for the state’s 2019 governorship poll.
The elders numbering 37, including Professor Anthony Asiwaju, Professor Biyi Afonja, Deacon Poju Adeyemi, Senator Iyabo Anisulowo, say naming such a candidate, will enable them to canvass for votes for him.
The elders made the call at a meeting with Amosun at the Governor’s Office, Oke Mosan in Abeokuta.
Asiwaju, speaking on behalf of the elders, urged the governor to commit himself more to the Yewa agenda for the 2019 governorship by announcing the candidate, who will succeed him from the axis.
Another elder, Kunle Elegbede told the governor that members of Ogun West Elders Council, the Yewa think-tank, among others, had already met with the elders in the Ogun East to seek for their support for Yewa axis, to produce the next governor.
Responding, Governor Amosun renewed his preference for the Yewa axis to produce his successor in 2019, but said he will not support any Yewa candidate that he is not sure is an indigene of Ogun West.
He said, “It’s a covenant between me and my God, I will be handing over to someone from Ogun West but other senatorial districts are also qualify to contest.
“But we should not see them as enemies. It should not appear that we are taking anyone for granted, our people in Ogun East Senatorial District can come out to contest.
“In Ogun Central, we have agreed, but if anybody comes out from the central, I will confront him frontally.
“We will be tactical and strategic but we should not pay attention to those that are not necessary. I am free to take my position just like every other person.
“I am not God, we are human but where we are today, I am supporting people from Ogun West, it will be an insult to us in this state when we have sons and daughters, not ‘atohunrinwa’ (stranger or non-indigene) will come, they will ruin Ogun State, if we allow it.”