There’s No govt in Ogun, Says Osoba
New York [RR] OGUN–Almost eight years after leaving office, former Ogun State Governor Olusegun Osoba returned to Abeokuta, the capital, yesterday, to a rousing reception.
From Kobape road to Okelewo, the traffic stood still as ACN leaders, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), the National Automobile Technicians Association (NATA), market women and other interest groups brandished brooms, the symbol of ACN, as they marched through the streets.
They sang songs for the resurgence of the party in the state and the imminent eclipse of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) next year.
The rally, which was laced with entertainment, peaked by noon when it got to Osoba’s country home in Ibara Housing Estate, Abeokuta.
The crowd besieged his expansive compound, spilling into the adjoining streets.
At the rally were Ekiti State former Governor, Niyi Adebayo; ACN governorship aspirants in Ogun – Dr Remi Bakare, Kayode Tejuosho, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Gbenga Obadara, Temitope Kuyebi and Kayode Soyinka.
Each of them took turn to welcome Osoba.
[Photo: Former Governor of Ogun returns to arousing welcome, and he declares there is no govt. in Ogun]
Others were Osoba’s deputy between 1999 and 2003, Alhaji Sefiu Adegbenga Kaka; Bisi Adegbuyi, a senatorial aspirant; state Chairman, Alhaji Tajudeen Bello; Secretary, Chief Owodiran Sonowo; Hunye Abayomi; an ACN chieftain in the United Kingdom, Prince Tola Olutayo, among others.
Most of the aspirants said Osoba was the best governor the state has produced and expressed confidence that ACN will win, not only in Ogun but also in Oyo State, next year.
The former governor said he left Egbaland nearly eight years ago, adding that there has been “no government” in the state since.
He said the state has been grappling with the tactics of a “sole administrator.”
Osoba said democratic structures and their resemblance have collapsed in the Gateway State, adding that what is on ground is a replica of military dictatorship.
He said: “Ogun State has no government. What exists now is a sole administrator. No local government chairmen, no House of Assembly. What is the difference between that and a military government?”
The former governor urged President Goodluck Jonathan to as a “matter of urgency” order for the re-opening of the House of Assembly and provide security for the lawmakers, led by Speaker Tunji Egbetokun, to enable the House, shut since last September 6, reconvene plenary.
Written ByErnest Nwokolo, Abeokuta
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Osoba returns to Ogun from self-exile, Written By Demeji-Kayode Adedeji
Former Ogun State governor and the leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the state, Olusegun Osoba will tomorrow (Thursday) return to the state to lead the campaign of the party in the forthcoming elections.
Mr Osoba had, for the past seven and half years, kept his distance from the state following his defeat by the incumbent governor and candidate of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Gbenga Daniel in 2003.
The former journalist said he decided to stay away from the state to avoid any clashes between his supporters and those of the incumbent administration.
However, at the recently concluded state congress of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) held in Abeokuta, the former governor told his party members that as the 2011 poll is fast approaching, it is now time for him to return home.
He had also assured members of the party that the ACN will surely take back its lost glory by defeating the trouble-ridden People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, adding that there is need for the ACN members to be at alert during the elections.
Some leaders of the ACN revealed that, Mr Osoba will, tomorrow be given a rousing welcome by the party faithful. He would be ushered into the town from Kobape, an entry point into Abeokuta amidst dancing and fanfare.
“Towards this, thousands of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) members across the 20 local government areas of the state have mobilised themselves to give the former governor a befitting welcome return to his political base,” a state executive of ACN said, on condition of anonymity.
After the welcome ceremony, an arrangement has also been put in place to treat the former governor to a dinner later in the day to show appreciation for his leadership of his party.
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