Segun Sowunmi: Ogun people will throw stones
Ogun people’ll throw stones if I reveal how Abiodun plays politics with Amosun legacy projects – Segun Sowunmi
A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Hon. Segun Sowunmi, has said he would not reveal yet, the report of his investigations on why the legacy projects embarked upon by former Governor Ibikunle Amosun are suffering neglect under Gov Dapo Abiodun.
Sowunmi said his revelations might turn the state upside-down and could lead to Ogun people throwing stones.
We also reports that former Governor Amosun started some legacy projects before the end of his tenure, with assurances that he has paid contractors handling the projects.
However, the legacy projects have not witnessed any progression since Gov Abiodun took over the mantle of leadership from Amosun.
While featuring on Sweet FM Radio in Abeokuta on Monday evening, Sowunmi said he has investigated the issues surrounding the projects, indicting the present administration of Abiodun.
He said: “On Amosun’s projects which he said he had paid contractors for, if I start to talk about it, things would get out of hand; but I will say a little.
“After Amosun left, I met a brother called Tayo Amusan, who is the one in charge of the Shoprite that is to be in Abeokuta and I asked him what’s stopping the project, when he started talking, I don’t know what to say. All I will do now is to beg Dapo Abiodun in the name of all Obas and the good people of Ogun State, he must not play politics to the extent that it will affect the development of Ogun.
“I will appeal to people to let us wait till May 29 before any criticism. I don’t want to be the one to start talking. I will beg Dapo Abiodun again, don’t allow politics affect developmental projects embarked on by Amosun, because whatever he does, we will talk about it when the time comes. I myself have investigated why the projects are being abandoned despite the fact that contractors have been paid. Don’t let us talk too much about it, so that Ogun people won’t go and carry stones.
“By May 29, if nothing is done, I will reveal what contractors said that made them stop work on the project. You can see I’m not talking now, but I’m begging Gov Abiodun, he should not allow politics to affect the development of Ogun State.”
Sowunmi, who was the Spokesperson of Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation, also did a comparison between Gov Abiodun and his Oyo State counterpart, Gov Seyi Makinde, telling Abiodun to be up and doing.
“Look at the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde. Anywhere I go in the world, people keep asking me about Seyi Makinde as if I am from Oyo. At a level, I will become jealous. They will say Makinde is good, that he is the kind of person that should be our President; and I will be looking at my own Dapo Abiodun like this; Dapo has been on this thing long before Makinde, he has been aspiring to be governor long time ago. What’s happening?” Sowunmi queried.
The Abeokuta indigene blamed the opposition parties in the state for their failure to play their roles effectively, saying everyone was looking for what to get from the government.
“If all of us in the state, including journalists, turn ourselves to praise singers of the government and start clapping the governor all the time, when will the state develop? The governor begged us to vote for him, why can’t we talk to him now if he is not doing it right. I won’t mind being the only one saying the truth to this government. I will keep shouting for Ogun to be a better place.
“When I talk, it’s because I want the best for my state. If other people like, they should turn their state upside-down, but we won’t allow that in Ogun State. I am not asking anybody to give me anything,” he said.
According to Sowunmi, Abiodun is making himself inaccessible to the people of Ogun, adding that anybody who wants to rule Ogun must have good human relations and management in order not to be disconnected from the people.
He recalled how former governors Segun Osoba, Gbenga Daniel and Amosun used to relate with people, especially those he called critical stakeholders, regardless of whether or not they are members of their political parties.
“Amosun will call me and say my brother, how are you; not that I’m collecting money from him, and I’m not in the same party with him. But Dapo Abiodun is not like any of the former governors. Even those close to him are complaining of him not being friendly, they complain of how he ignores their calls and messages. Any government whose principal is inaccessible will disconnect from the people,” he said.
Sowunmi spoke further by saying: “I know Ogun people very well, they will soon compose songs for Abiodun like they did for his predecessors. Ogun people are Hossanah today, crucify tomorrow. Anybody in power should have good human relations. I’m criticising Abiodun because I don’t want him to fall. But, he is surrounded by sycophants.”
He appealed to Abiodun not to abandon Amosun’s developmental projects, saying Ogun has not been progressing like Lagos State because the state has not been enjoying continuity.