Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Michael Adedotun
Gbadebo, Okukenu IV has revealed that he has been vindicated over what
the past administration in the state wanted to dethrone him of.
monarch disclosed that all the advice he gave to the former governor of
the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, who then threatened to dethrone him
are what the incumbent governor is doing.
Alake stated this on
Friday at Owode in Obafemi/Owode local government area of the state
while addressing a mammoth crowd during the governor’s assessment tour
of the area.
It would be recalled that former governor, Gbenga
Daniel had a face-off with the monarch in 2008 over the Alake’s comment
advising the governor to intensify efforts in repairing major roads in
the city. The advise resulted in a serious crisis between the monarch
and the governor.
Daniel, then threatened to depose the monarch
and banish him from the town. It took the intervention of many people
within and outside the state, who pleaded with the governor not to carry
out his threat then.
The monarch however thanked God for sparing
his life to witness rapid development across the length and breadth of
Egba, claiming that God has vindicated him on the matter.
therefore called on the people to ensure that they massively come out to
return the incumbent governor, Ibikunle Amosun to office, so as to
complete the good works he is doing.
“My people in Egbaland, we have all seen it, the government that is good, you know him, the one that is not doing
well, and you know them. It is you that will use your vote to let the
one that is doing good to continue the good work and never again in our
life, shall we allow some disgruntled elements to govern us again this
“Our governor is a good governor; we should give him the
support to return to office, he is doing well for us in Egba and the
state at large. We are all living witnesses to the good development we
are seeing today in the state. These are what we told someone before him
and he was threatening to dethrone me, can you now see for yourself, I
am now vindicated. All the roads I advised them then to do, just the
potholes within the city of Abeokuta, now see what all the roads have
“This governor is a loving, respectable, humble and listening
governor. He has done a lot for us in the area of health, education,
agriculture and infrastructural development that is why many industries
are now springing up in the state, and this will create job
opportunities for our teeming youths. Security is now fully restored to
the state, we can now sleep with our eyes closed. We thank you so much
and pray that God will continue to be with you and your desire shall be
met by God’s grace,” Alake prayed.
Leaders from all the 12 wards
in Obafemi/Owode local government area of the state also endorsed the
governor for a second term bid, promising to work for his success during
the 2015 governorship election.
Among the dignitaries’ at the
event were traditional and religious leaders from the local government,
Head of Service in Ogun State, Mrs. Modupe Adekunle, Speaker, Ogun State
House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Surajudeen Ishola Adekunmbi, his deputy,
Tola Banjo, some lawmakers in the state, Permanent Secretaries, top
government functionaries, transport union workers, various groups,
artisans students and traditionalists.
Highlight of the event was
the presentation of Award of Excellence to the governor by the Obafemi
Owode Student Government for his exemplary leadership role, urging the
people of the local government to continue to support the governor and
vote him in next year’s election.
While speaking at the rally,
Governor Ibikunle Amosun promised to urbanized all the local government
areas in the state and he assured the people of the local government
that the LG will be divided into three to allow dividends of democracy
reach the nooks and crannies of the state.
Amosun also promised
the people of the area that the new city being proposed by the state
government will start from the local government, giving assurance that,
with the people’s support, all what needs to be done, especially roads
in the area will be touched.
“Today, we are here again to render
report and to seek advice on how to improve on what we are doing. Don’t
forget that this is my home, our mothers mentioned it now. I am assuring
you, our monarchs and people of this area, you don’t need to tell us
what ought to be done, just be praying for us. In all the 12 wards, by
God’s grace, in the next 12 months, this local government will become
one of the best in the state. All our roads need to be fixed, we don’t
have good roads, our road from OGTV to Kajola is bad, if all these roads
are not done, and development will not come.
“There is no road to
Ajebo, Alapako and if we take it from OGTV to Alapako Oni, four wards
would have been covered, we cannot get to Onidundun from Owode, and even
Egbeda road is bad. We will do the needful to all these roads. We will
start work from Adigbe to Oba, then the Ring-road we are planning to
construct will burst out at Kobape and later turn to OGTV, it will lead
to Camp-FUNAAB area and then to Igbora, back to Obada Oko and will
terminate at MAPOLY area.
The governor, however declared that
about 86 per cent road on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway falls in the
state’s territory and about 65 per cent of it falls on the local
government, adding that, the area will soon become the industrial hub of
the state with the influx of industries coming into the area.
charged the people to extend hands of fellowship to the investors when
they come to their area, as that will bring development and
infrastructural amenities to the area.
The local government tour
will be concluded next week as the remaining four local government
councils will be visited. The local governments are Ifo, Ado-Odo, Yewa
South and Abeokuta North local government areas.