Former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Olusegun Osoba yesterday said the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Dr Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo and his Ijebu counterpart, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona played a very prominent role in his return to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The former governor, while speaking at the meeting which announced his return from the Social Democratic Party, SDP, to the APC, debunked the reports to the effect that he hosted the South-West leaders of the party in his house, saying the discussion for his return had been on for quite some time.
Osoba said this yesterday during his remarks at the public presentation of a book titled ‘Alake of Egbaland: The Succession Dynamics’ yesterday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, where he blamed the press for the public misconception of the meeting.
The 127 page book bearing five chapters was authored by the foremost Egba politician and industrialist, Chief Alani Bankole who is the father of the former speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole.
The former governor said the book launch was not a time for political speech making, adding that it was better left for a later date in future.
He said, “There are other things that I would say about Alake but not here today because the story of what happened on Sunday when the entire APC came to plead with me, people are making mistake that I hosted South-West meeting.
“They came to plead with me and the pleading had been on; and the role of Alake and Awujale, this is not the occasion to say it because this is not a political gathering.
“So, I want to thank Kabiyesi for what happened on Sunday; he has always been with me and God will always be with you, Kabiyesi. By the grace of God, Egbaland will continue to flourish.”
Osoba also took a swipe at his predecessors, former Governor Gbenga Daniel and Governor Ibikunle Amosun for not paying his severance allowance since he left office.
He also lambasted his predecessors for not replacing his driver and steward after their deaths, adding that his cook who also retired was not replaced by the government.
And in a brief chat with the press shortly after launching the book with half a million naira, he said he was a founding member of the APC and would remain a progressive politician till the end of his sojourn on earth.
The book, which captured the ascension to the throne of the new Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Dr Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, was reviewed by the pioneer vice chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Prof. Olukayode Oyesiku.