by Dare Lawal
The rivalry between the present and former governors of Ogun state, Ibikunle Amosun and Gbenga Daniel respectively, took another turn on Wednesday as they both traded words over the Daniel’s state of origin.
Amosun was the one who introduced the place of origin argument, saying that Daniel was not a native of Delta state, but was from Isoko in Delta state.
While on a working tour to Odeda Local Government Area of the state, Amosun claimed that he was one of those who helped Daniel to become a Sagamu indigene.
He was reacting to an accusation by Daniel two weeks ago that he [Amosun] was selling off farmlands in Ogun to people from other states. That day, Daniel had said this: “When I came into power in 2003, the first place we visited was Odeda and we recognised that agriculture was the mainstay of the economy, we therefore established 13 farm settlements. Today, we are sorry that this present government has started selling our farmlands to other neighbouring states.
“He is busy constructing roads and bridges and Alabata road which we did when we came in 2003, when I was coming today, I tried to check on the road, the road was very bad. I want to ask you people of Odeda, what has Amosun done for you here? He has been constructing bridges all over and nothing was done here for you. He neglected you,” said Daniel.
But Amosun was having none of it. At Odeda LGA on Wednesday, he said Daniel was a prodigal son who sold off all the patrimonies of the state under fake concession agreement. He particularly mentioned Apoje Farm Settlement, which he said the former governor had sold to a former commissioner in Lagos State at a ridiculous amount.
He said, “When they came into power, the farmlands were over 60 it remains only five… God will punish them all. Our forefathers will never forgive them and the generations coming will also curse them. They thought we are like them ,we are not, we are not … from Isoko.”
In a reaction however, the former governor Gbenga Daniel said any remark that he was from Isoko and not Sagamu was an insult on the people of Sagamu, and a taboo and an effrontery on its traditional institutions.
Daniel, who reacted through his media aide, Mr. Ayo Giwa, said, “Precisely on Saturday, February 23, 2002, Otunba Gbenga Daniel was made the Aare Asoludero of Makun Sagamu with traditional rites performed by the late Ewusi, HRH Oba Efuwape Ogunsowo, Inanuwa II. To all intents and purposes, Oba Ogunsowo declared that Otunba Daniel was a freeborn of Makun in Sagamu and of the Ojelobaye family origin.”