Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has disclosed that regardless of what could be individual’s or collective interest in the 2019 gubernatorial election in Ogun State, it is the will of God that would count most in the choice of who eventually becomes the governor.
Obasanjo made this known while speaking at the 19th annual Ibogun-Olaogun Day celebration, held in Ibogun, Ifo Local Government Area of the state.
Both Obasanjo and Governor Ibikunle Amosun, two illustrious sons of Owu and the state, have disagreed on the choice of who becomes governor from the Ogun West Senatorial district, in 2019.
While the former President is rooting for the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Gboyega Nasir Isiaka(GNI) from Imeko area of the state, Amosun is pushing for his preferred candidate, Hon. Abdulkabir Afekunle Akinlade, of the Allied People’s Movement (APM) from Ipokia.
Obasanjo, who warned political parties to enchew violence,, also cautioned politicians against foisting violence on the state, saying there is no reason for Ogun not to have a peaceful election.
During the ceremony, the former president demanded open embrace and exchange of pleasantries between Isiaka and Akinlade.
“I have made my choice, it may not be in tandem with yours (Amosun). Let my choice be and let yours be and let God decide and whoever gets there let all of us support him.
“I am particularly happy that the governor spoke against violence. I want to tell you, if you do not stop violence among your supporters, you will have yourself to blame. There is no earthly reason why we should not have peaceful election in the state,” Obasanjo said.
In his address, the governor called on politicians and their supporters, not to heat up the polity, noting that “in the final analysis, we are all working for the progress of Ogun State”
While noting that the 2018 festival will be his last as a sitting governor, Amosun thanked the former president, who is an indigene of Ibogun, for consistently identifying with his root.