At the sidelines of the commissioning of the Olorunsogo Power Plant in Ogun State Friday, President Goodluck Jonathan held a
with some traditional rulers from the state.
The monarchs were led
by the Akarigbo of Remoland and Chairman of the Ogun State Traditional
Council,Oba Michael Sonariwo, Alake of Egbaland,Oba (Dr.) Aremu Adedotun
Gbadebo,Olowu of Owu,Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu,Olu of Itori,Oba Fatai
Akamo, Oniro of Iro,Oba Adebari,Olu of Owode- Egba, Oba Sowemimo and
other traditional rulers,mostly from the Ogun Central Senatorial
Feelers from the meeting said several monarchs raised
the various attacks on the former Nigerian President,Chief Olusegun
Obasanjo, after he announced his departure from the Peoples Democratic
The Ogun monarchs told the President to caution his aides to cease further media attacks on Obasanjo.
monarch frowned at the impromptu meeting, which he regarded a
disrespect to the royal class. “We must be respected because we are not
politicians and cannot just be summoned into a meeting without prior
notice. Also, we down here always respect elders, we don’t say because
of politics, one will not know his elders.”
After the meeting, the
monarchs tried to show their displeasure when some of them reluctantly
took photographs with President Jonathan.
The meeting with the
Obas was attended by the former governor of the state, Gbenga Daniel;
his former deputy, Alhaja Salmot Badru; Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu
Nebo; his Culture and Tourism counterpart, who is also in charge of
Information Ministry, Chief Edem Duke; former Speaker of the State House
of Assembly, Titi Oseni – Sodunke; Senior Special Assistant, SSA to the
President on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe; Chief of Staff to the
President, Brig. General Jones Arogbofa; Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta
State; Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra State, the PDP
Governorship candidate in the state, Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka; James
Abiodun Olotu, MD/CEO, Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited among
President Jonathan while at the meeting canvassed for support for his
re- election and that of other PDP candidates in the state.
it was gathered that the governorship candidate in the state, Prince
Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, strongly appealed to the monarchs to support his
candidature as he promised to improve their welfare package if elected
into the office.
President Goodluck Jonathan at the commissioning
had commended the people of the state for creating an enabling
environment for the project, which was started by the Obasanjo
“I must commend all our people from Ogun state
especially, people from the catchment areas, the trading leaders, the
youth leaders, the women leaders for creating the enabling environment
for this project to go on to this level that we are here today
commissioning. This is your project and we shall expect your continued
cooperation in safeguarding it.
“With the support we are getting
from our traditional rulers, religious and youth leaders, community and
women leaders, we will get to where we want to go. I am pleased that I
have lived up to my campaign pledges to make power sector reform a
priority and a reality.
“This agenda has ushered in new capital
investment and would continue to boost more investment opportunities for
the private sector players, widening the horizon of our transformation
agenda through the multiplier effects.
“I urge you all to support
the federal government. This is the way we can improve electricity
services to the entire country,” Jonathan said.