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‘On Power Shift To Ogun West I Stand’
« on: December 13, 2017, 06:22:56 AM »
Omooba Aderibigbe Adeleke Tella is a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State. He spoke with Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU in Lagos on his ambition, the agitation for power shift to Ogun West Senatorial District and mistakes the ruling party should avoid during the primary and general elections to retain power in the Gateway State.

Why do you want to be governor of Ogun State?

This is an important question. It was a question my family, friends and stakeholders in this project have asked me. The first reason is that I want to build on the achievements of the current administration. Before the advent of the current administration, Ogun State witnessed a lot of financial recklessness, complete disappointment. It was a terrible experience in terms of security; a disappointing experience in terms of infrastructural development. The assets of the state was carefully managed. The, Amosun’s government came to restore sanity, financial discipline and change. The change has been meaningful; the first purposeful change in the infrastructure battle since the days of former Governor Bisi Onabanjo. Governor Amosun came with a mission to rebuild Ogun State. But, there was nothing to rebuild. So, he started building institutions and started restoring financial discipline. The TSA was introduced. The loopholes were blocked. The IGR was jerked up. Ogun State started having money to invest on infrastructure and security to halt the trend of armed robbery in the state. In the area of agriculture, he introduced a lot of ideas. There is a lot of investment in agriculture.

My first resolve is to manage the great change that the party has achieved in Ogun State. I have been in politics for over 17 years. I have contested for elective offices; House of Representatives in 2007. Then, the leader of my party asked me to step down for the person representing us. I had to respect the position of the leadership of the party. It was a triumphant entry for me because we were able to electrify the political atmosphere. A lot of people followed us. I was able to learn the ropes; to understand every part of Ogun State. It was a privilege to visit the nooks and crannies of the state.

What experience qualifies you for the role you want to play?

I want to be governor because I know the aspirations of our people. I have a good geographical knowledge of the state. I know the desires of each senatorial district. It is possible for me to use my sound business ideas and knowledge to develop the state. I have been able to manage three good companies; Holly Can Limited, Triples Estates and Property Limited and Telebross Investment. I am a manager of resources. I have done much in business. I believe to rule a state is not a rocket science. At a younger age, Gowon was able to rule the country. The same with Muritala Mohammed. The same with Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo. I am not too young at 48 to rule Ogun State. I have what it takes. I believe in the efficacy of my potentials and abilities and I believe I can add value to governance in the state.

I am an investor. The sixth largest economy in the world, the City of California; the mainstream of the economy are just two; agriculture and creative industry. I have a good understanding of the dynamics of how to create jobs, using the creative industry. I can use the creative industry to improve the IGR of the state; how to use museum, hall of fame to make money and generate employment for our people. I know how to partner with international organisations to generate employment for youths. My age stands between the old and the young. So, I am determined to make a difference.

There is a clamour for power shift to Yewa. How is your district putting its house in order?

That’s a very good question. Ogun West is the food basket. Also, Ogun West is the home of industry. Ogun West has many quality sons and daughters to be at the helm of affairs in the state. No fewer than eight aspirants are from the zone. That shows that we have eligible and competent people to serve as governor. As to consensus, who will berth the cart? We have leaders; we have elders. The voice of the people is the voice of God. At a critical stage of decision making, all of us will come together, cross fertilise ideas and decide on the candidate.

But, do you think that power shift to Ogun West is sacrosanct, in view of the fact that Ijebu/Remo is also agitating for power shift, based on provincial principle?

Democracy is the government of the people, by the people and for the people. The Remos and Ijebus are part of Ogun State. The Ogun Central is part of the state. There is nothing wrong in such agitations. I am praying to the royal fathers in these areas. We need the blessing of the Alake of Egbaland. We need the support of the Awujale of Ijebuland and the paramount ruler of Yewaland. My request goes to the royal fathers. We Yewa people believe in orderliness. Since the creation of Ogun State in 1976, we have not been privileged to produce the governor. We are very organised and very orderly people. For any person from any senatorial district to become the governor, the vote of Yewa/Awori people is indispensable. All the governors from Ogun East that ruled the state got the votes of Yewa/Awori. Also, those from the Central District got the votes of Yewa/Awori. That’s why we are making an appeal to them, to let them understand that we have quality people who can be governor of Ogun State. We are brothers. We are all from Ogun State. They may have this agitation, which is in order. But, we create their indulgence. History is past politics. Politics is the present history. We should be careful because of tomorrow. We need one another. We are from the same state, from different senatorial districts. We need one another.

Politically, how united is Yewaland?

Yewaland is indivisible. Politically, Yewaland is mature. Yewaland, as we speak, has a resolve. The agitation for power shift was championed by our past heroes. I remember the aspiration of the late Prof. Afolabi Olabimtan and Dr. Tunji Otegbeye. Their struggles encouraged me to join politics. If you don’t join politics, you should not complain about those at the helm of affairs. The journey from Egbado to Yewa was part of the struggle for us in Yewaland. The likes of Chief Poju Adeyemi and Chief Ayinde Ibikunle witnessed the history. History is past politics. Politics is the present history. We must be careful about the way we play the current politics. The fact that many of us are expressing interest does not mean that we cannot have a consensus candidate when the time is ripe for that.

There are allegations that the governor has an anointed candidate among aspirants from Yewaland. Is that not unsettling other aspirants from the zone?

Everybody is entitled to its opinion. That allegation is most unfair. He has not any forum implied that he has a special interest in any aspirant. His agitation, his aspiration, his disposition does not suggest that. He has said that he is disposed to power shift to Yewa, that it is a covenant between him and his God. He is entitled to his opinion. The allegation that he probably has a preferred candidate is unfortunate. I believe that is the handwork of the enemy. They are saying that to sow a seed of discord in the aspirants.

What is the assurance that you will beat other aspirants at the primary?

I am a home-grown boy, politically. I have lived around Ilaro. I had my primary and secondary education in Ilaro. I attended the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro. I had my Masters degree from the Lagos State University. I have a very sound geographical knowledge of Ogun State than any other candidate. I have the knowledge of the agitations, aspirations of our people. It is important for me to put my knowledge in the service of the state. I have been a change agent in business. From the scratch, I have been able to build three great companies. Given our access to great resources, you can be sure of unimaginable change, great innovation, surprises. I an investor in creative industry. I know international institutions that can back us up to midwife unimaginable number of jobs. I am prepared for the job. I am the best man for the job.

Through agriculture, our people can become millionaires; through rice, beans and cashew farming. We will invest in agricultural processing. I will generate jobs and achieve much revenue. We are enterprising in Ogun State. It is the home of Chief Awolowo, the home of Hubert Ogunde, the home of Ayinla Omowura, who had the highest record of album sales in Africa. We will invest in museum. We will promote our adire industry. People will no longer go to China.

What are the mistakes which the APC should avert at the primary and the general election to retain power in Ogun State?

It is a question that needs serious reflection. The mistake is to underrate any politician. There is no small politician. We must not underrate any member. We should speak as a family and come up with a solution that will be acceptable to all. We must see ourselves as a family. We must get it right at the primary. At the general election, it is like two sides of a coin; the primary and the general election. We must get the first right to get the second right.

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