‘I am not bothered about Governor Amosun’s ‘Whizkid’ – Ogun Governorship Aspirant, Jimi Lawal
As 2019 approaches for the Nigerian election, there has been several individual showing interest to be elected in several political offices across the country and Ogun state isn’t an exception. In ogun state alone, Over 50 individuals have shown interest in contesting for the post of the governor but research has revealed the few qualified ones.
Among them includes Mr Jimi Lawal, who has been into public service since 2003 during the Era of Mallam Nasir El Rufai as the Minister of the FCT, Abuja, even up till now that he is the governor of Kaduna state.
The aspiration of Jimi Lawal can be likened to that which stands out among the crowd as his intentions, consultations, his works are second to none.
While speaking with selected journalists at his campaign office in Ijebu, he made it known that the decision to run for the office of the governor was a collective one as he was asked by his state residents and party executives due to his tremendous and selfless services rendered over the years.
He also made it known that his qualifications in terms of exposition to public service is another reason for his aspiration. In 2003, when Mallam Nasir El-Rufai became the Minister of the federal capital territory, Abuja, he served as an advicer and in 2015, served as the senior adviser on Investment Promotion , doubles as chief of staff to the governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.
However, in Ogun state, it is no more news that the present Governor, Ibikunle Amosun made it known that he will be supporting a Yewa Candidate ad that he will be unveiling his candidate soon whom he described as ‘whizz-kid’ despite the fact that it is the turn of the Ijebus to govern the state. Mr Jimi Lawal explained that he isn’t bothered about Governor Amosun’s Candidate and stated how Governor Amosun used the term meant for the Yewa’s and how he is trying to compensate them by supporting them against the Ijebus who are the people meant to produce the next governor of the state.
‘’ Amosun has done well, so he is entitled, infact, if a Government has done so well and he doesn’t nominate someone however there is a tradition, governorship is rotated in the state, by the Egba Division, with a sub division of Yewa/Egbado and the Ijebu division with a sub division of Remo.
The first governor came from Ijebu, Ola Bisi Onabanjo, and after that it went to Egba, Chief Olusegun Osoba, then it came back to Ijebu ode in Remo, Otunba Gbenga Daniel , then it went to Egba, and it went to Egbado, Infact the Oba said no right thinking Ijebu man should come out because it wasn’t our time so you wouldn’t have found anyone, Ijebu supported the candidate but unfortunately, they were divided, OGD supported a Yewa Person in person of GNI, unfortunately PDP were divided and the faction led by Obasanjo supported Engr. Olurin from Yewa so their votes were divided, and unfortunately, Egba that has done it before got the ticket and won, and the rest is history.
Amosun has used Yewa’s tenure for his own so he is trying to compensate them and that is why he is supporting the Yewa Agenda which is wrong. You can’t use our turn to compensate your half-brother. It is the turn of Ijebus, I wouldn’t have come out but they called on me and I have the qualification and willing to serve.
Furthermore, he talked about his 5-point agenda if he is elected Governor of the state which includes Economic development, Human capital development , health care, Security of lives and property , Good Governance