Groups in West Senatorial District of Ogun State under the aegis of
Yewa Connecting Minds (YCM), an umbrella body of youths and elders in Yewa land in the West Senatorial District of Ogun State has commended former President, Olusegun Obasanjo for his public expression of support and endorsement for the emergence of the next governor of the state from Yewa land.
Obasanjo while speaking in Abeokuta, Ogun State recently during a visit of the state branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) had stated that Ogun west senatorial district in Ogun state should be given the slot to produce the next governor of the state.
In a statement signed by Prince Ekunola Gbenga Abraham, coordinator of the group, the YCM said it was satisfied with the endorsement by the Obasanjo and urged politicians and relevant stakeholders join hands to make the dream a reality.
Abraham said Ogun West is the most marginalized section in the political arrangement and calculations in the state since its creation 40 years ago.
“ The Yewa/Awori people remains the only section that has yet to produce the governor.
“Their counterparts–the Ijebu, the Egba and the Remo have within this period had their fair share. The Ijebu and Egba have had their turn in the late Chief Bisi Onabanjo in the Second Republic and Chief Olusegun Osoba, who at two different periods, during the regime of military president, General Ibrahim Babangida and between 1999 and 2003, occupied the office.
The Remo had their turn with the eight-year two-term tenure of the immediate past governor Gbenga Daniel. The Egba are currently having another turn with the re-election of Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
The closest the Yewa/Awori has ever got was Alhaja Salimot Badru as deputy governor in the administration of Daniel. Since then, all attempts by Ogun West to have one of its own as the governor have yielded no result because of political miscalculations, intrigues and betrayal by certain elements from the area.”
He however commended Governor Amosun and some stakeholders who are strongly in support of Ogun West agitation for governor of the state ahead of 2019 governorship elections. YCM also implored other elder statesmen to take Obasanjo’s support as a clarion call to search for a competent person of Ogun West extraction to emerge in 2019.