Thursday, March 17, 2011
GOVERNOR OLUGBENGA DANIEL REGRETS APOLOGY, KNOCKS OBASANJO?
"By the special grace of God, we will hand over the mantle of leadership to people that you are going to be proud of. I don't know who but God knows. There are a lot of people who want to go in through the back-door; they are the people who have gone to get kangaroo judgment. There is no doubt that there was a lot of thunderstorm in Ogun State. Not many people believed that we are going to be here till today. Even, as I stand before you, those people are not relenting." - Governor Olu Gbenga of Ogun State dissing Olusegun Obasanjo over their fight for the control of Ogun State politics.
Icheoku says this u-turn of a statement probably now makes OGD a liar as he recently admitted that 'he had begged Baba and will continue to beg him', as well as recognizing Baba's candidate army man Tunji Olurin as Ogun State PDP's choice? Further Gbenga asserted that he understands what the Yoruba culture stipulates in matters of disputations between the young and the old which made hebeg Baba Iyabo; but this does not seem to be the case now with the present about-turn or could OGD have so easily forgotten the said Yoruba traditional etiquette? Finally the current statement of OGD shows that the alleged make-up between OGD and OBJ was just for the cameras and in order to enable President Jonathan conduct his campaign in a 'unified' Ogun State. But now things have fallen apart so soon after and the salvos have started flying once again.
Icheoku says when OGD fully recovers from the trauma of his under-pressure begging of Baba Iyabo, he should endeavor to apologize to Ogun State people for bringing their governor's office to such a new low as would prostrate before Baba-Iyabo; and must also denounce the apology he earlier tendered to Baba as not of his free will or act. What an irony and political volte-face that a man who once was on all his fours begging for forgiveness has now recharged, found his voice and is now fighting back. Icheoku supports OGD in the resumed fight to retain control of his state as well as the right to decide who will succeed him; afterall every other PDP governor did, especially those who doubled as President Jonathan's election zonal chairmen. But with the Otta deity still very much around, may be Gbenga has to wait a little much longer for the expiring or retiring of the army man, do or die acting politician.