The Olu of Ilaro and Paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle has warned the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) to desist from imposition of candidates ahead of the forthcoming primaries of the party in the state.
The paramount ruler who spoke in Ilaro during the assessment tour of Yewa South local government area of the state, charged political parties to allow internal democracy and the wish of the people to prevail, adding that internal democracy is the only antidote to guarantee peace and tranquility in nation’s politics.
While calling for peace at the coming election, the monarch threatened that whoever spills blood on Yewa soil will have the gods of the lands and the ancestors to contend with.
The Paramount ruler who maintained that politics should not be a do or die affair, said Yewa people will not hesitate to resist ‘those enemies of our progress and development who want to bring Yewa name into disrepute’
“Let me use this opportunity to appeal to all politicians especially our sons and daughters to sun violence and all acts of thuggery as we approach the election year. They should sun politics of bitterness and character assassination.
“The political parties are all advised to allow internal democracy and the wish of the people to prevail in selecting their candidates, as this is the only antidote to guarantee peace and tranquillity in our body politics.
“The party leaders are advised in the name of Almighty God to avoid imposition of candidates on our people as the adage says ‘you can only lead a horse to the stream, you can’t force it to drink water’. Let us please see ourselves as brothers and sisters because in a race, there will always be a winner and a loser.
“Whoever spill blood on the soil of Yewaland this time around has the gods of the land and our ancestors to contend with, above all, the Almighty God. Politics is not a do or die affair but an avenue to offer one to serve the people, a word is enough for the wise,” he said.
He enjoined people to be vigilant and go out en-mass to collect their voters’ cards and register when the exercise commence on November 7th, adding that that is the only way to guarantee support for the Governor.
He added that people should also be vigilant during the elections to ensure that their votes counts adding that voters should not sell their votes in the name of ‘stomach infrastructure’ which, according to him, does not last nor add value to the progress and development of any community.
The Governor while reacting, assured that the support of the people will not be taken for granted adding that the government will go back to the drawing board in order to address some of the issues raised.
He further assured that the government was working towards actualising the light rail project in the state adding that people should be more committed to agricultural development in the area.
“We’ve listen to your request but it is not humanly possible for us to address all the requests at a go, we shall be taking them one after another, don’t forget we have 20 local governments and 236 wards within the state and that is why we will be taking those requests one after another.
“One thing I want to talk about is our railway, during those days, without those rails coming from Idogo, they cannot eat in Lagos, what is wrong with us? We are doing that and that is why we said one of the things we are doing is light rail which will start in Ota, from Ota, we will get to Winners Chapel and will come like that to Owode and Ilaro,” he said.