From James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta
The war of words between Governor Ibikunle Amosun and his predecessor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel yesterday took a new dimension as the governor said Daniel is not a citizen of Ogun State, saying he will expose all that transpired at the appropriate time.
Amosun, who gave the revelation while addressing the people of Odeda local government area of the state on Day 2 of his on-the-spot-assessment tour of the council area, defied the heavy downpour in the town, maintained that he was among those that assisted Daniel’s claim to Sagamu citizenship when he wanted to contest for gubernatorial seat of Ogun state in 2003.
Amosun was reacting to an allegation by Daniel that the present administration in Ogun State had sold all the farmlands in the state to other states.
While describing Daniel as a “prodigal son”, who sold off all the patrimonies of the state under fake concession agreement, Amosun mentioned Apoje farm settlement, which he said was sold to a former Commissioner in Lagos State, Prince Ademola Adeniji Adele at a ridiculous prize.
According to the governor, “when they came into power, the farmlands were over sixty, when we came in, it remains only five. They are rogues and thieves. God will punish them all. Our forefathers will never forgive them and the generations coming will also curse them. They thought we are like them. We are not.
“They came to us then, we are the one they ran to and we helped them to get where they are claiming today as their home. Although, it wasn’t time for political campaign yet I will not hesitate to respond to Daniel’s allegations which he leveled against me and my administration here in the same Odeda local government.
“He is envious of our achievements and successes recorded within the past few years. We need to let them know that we are not thieves like them. They will not be able to stand and campaign for vote here in Odeda by the time I start exposing them. They are treasure looters. If not for the type of the country we are, they ought to have covered their heads in shame rather than boasting around the town”, Amosun declared.
In a swift reaction, the Media Officer to Daniel, Ayo Giwa described Amosun’s allegation that Daniel is not from Sagamu as “an insult on the entire good people of the historical town of Sagamu as well as a taboo and effrontery on the traditional institutions in the land especially the thrones of the Akarigbo of Remoland as well as the Ewusi of Makun in Remo Kingdom. “Precisely on Saturday 23 February, 2002, Otunba Gbenga Daniel was made the Aare Asoludero of Makun Sagamu with traditional rites performed by the Late Ewusi, Oba Efuwape Ogunsowo, Inanuwa II. To all intents and purposes, Oba Ogunsowo declared that Otunba Daniel was a freeborn of Makun in Sagamu and of the Ojelobaye family origin”.
“Has he quickly forgotten that Otunba Daniel also holds the traditional title of the Arole of Remoland as well as many across the State? If he has respect and honour for traditional authorities and customs how dare he challenge such authorities?”
“That Otunba Daniel sold all the State’s patrimony is in itself cheap blackmail. Is concession not different from outright sale? What has happened to the companies since he came to power some three and a half years ago and why did he not attempt to revive them if they are viable?”
“The outburst from the incumbent is belated and immature. He should address issues and not personalities. We are talking of a clueless government while he keeps attacking the personality of Otunba Gbenga in his three years and a half years of governance without any meaningful economic development”, Giwa said.
On his part, the Chairman of the Labour Party in Ogun State, Niyi Osoba described the statement by Amosun as a lie and cheap blackmail.