An All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Ogun State, Senator Solomon Adeola, has said the ongoing capital projects embarked upon by Governor Ibikunle Amosun cannot be completed before the expiration of his administration.
Adeola, who maintained that he and Amosun are not at loggerheads over 2019 politicking, flayed critics who kept questioning the proprietary of his gubernatorial ambition in the Gateway State having served all his political life in neighbouring Lagos State.
He spoke on Monday evening in Imeko-Afon Local Government Area while addressing a gathering of politicians from various political parties as part of his gubernatorial consultation.
Adeola, popularly known as Yayi, had also visited Onimeko of Imeko, Oba Benjamin Olanite, the Onimeko-in-Council and renowned historian, Professor Anthony Asiwaju.
The lawmaker, who currently represents Lagos West in the National Assembly, said he would not deceive the people of Ogun in his bid for governorship.
He said the prevailing atmosphere in the state cannot guarantee the completion of ongoing projects but assured of his readiness to continue with the projects if abandoned.
“Don’t let us deceive ourselves; with the look of things, those projects cannot be completed within the remaining part of the tenure,” he stated.
While speaking at the Onimeko palace, Adeola rejected the “stranger” appellation placed on him by critics over his ambition.
He argued that all former governors of Ogun State made headway economically in Lagos before they emerged at their respective times.
“The truth is that if you want to run for governor in Ogun State, you can’t find the huge amount of money required here in Ogun State except Lagos,” he added.
The aspirant noted that Ogun West Senatorial District had endured marginalisation long enough since creation of the state in 1976 and it was high time the zone filled the governorship in 2019.
He commended former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former governor Olusegun Osoba, and Amosun for their support for Yewa-Awori governor in 2019 but appealed against the imposition of any sort on the zone.
Adeola said, “Let’s leave Ogun West to determine and present their candidate. We don’t want a weak candidate that will be teleguided. We need a people’s governor and not a governor that would be imposed on us.
“A people’s governor will represent the interest of the populace, not the dictates of a cabal. This is why I have embarked on consultation.
“I want to also put it on record: I and the governor are not at loggerheads. He is my elder brother and the governor of my state. The only issue between us is the claim that I am from Lagos. But Amosun was also from Lagos. This to me, however, should not create any issue.
“I was a member of the Lagos House of Assembly. I was at House of Representatives and now at Senate. I was Special Adviser to Asiwaju. So, I have the credentials to turn around the future of Ogun State.”
Responding, the Onimeko lamented the gross neglect of the Ogun West senatorial district by successive administrations in the state.
Oba Olanite, who declared that Imeko particularly had been “relegated to nothing,” urged the senator to keep to his promises.
“Many politicians have visited us during campaign periods and made empty promises. I want you to remember all the promises you have by the time God’s will for your life has come to pass,” he said