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Saturday , 22 September 2018

​Obasanjo ‘Rubbishes’ Ladi Adebutu’s Guber Ambition, Says “It Is Drama and Comedy”

By Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji, Abeokuta

House of Representatives member, representing Remo Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Hon. Ladi Adebutu’s governorship ambition in Ogun State may have hit the brickwall, as Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has described his guber ambition as “Drama and Comedy”.

Hon. Ladi had on Monday organized a sensitization rally for his governorship ambition held at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

But Chief Obasanjo who was a surprise guest at the rally, dashed into the rally and waved to the party members and leaders.

The former President who spoke very briefly in Yoruba dialect said,  “Mofe jade, Nje kini won nse nibe yen?  Won ni ere ati awada. Nitori naa ni Mose ni kiwa bayin s’ere. Eku ere ati Awada ooo, aajuyin se ooo” meaning (I wanted to step out, and I asked what were they doing over there, they said you were acting drama and comedy.  Whether it is a play or a real game, they will know . I saw you here and I came to play with you. Anyway, I wish you happy drama and comedy. It shall be successful)”, Obasanjo said

Earlier, the PDP governorship aspirant in the state , Oladipupo Adebutu paid a visit to the Palace of Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, to seek the monarch’s support and blessing ahead of 2019 election.

Adebutu who is a member of the House of Representatives representing Remo Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, was accompanied on the visit by some PDP chieftains in the state, had earlier donated electricity transformers to four communities in the state capital.

Speaking during the visit, the lawmaker said he was at the palace to formally inform Alake of his governorship aspiration come 2019.

Adebutu said he decided to join the gubernatorial race in order to enhance good governance and ensure delivery of goodies of democracy to the grassroots in the state.

He said unless good governance is provided by the leadership at all levels, people in exalted positions and wealth will also be affected by consequences of bad governance.

“The high and mighty fences or trenches could hardly secure but would just entrap one in an environment of poor governance.

“I was offered royal blessings by the Alake in 2015 while i was contesting for a seat in the House of Reps, i want to asure the Alake that i will ensure “good governance,because it would bring genuine growth and development to the people and curbs corruption.

“With proper orientation, fear of God and compassion for others, a leader would able to shun corruption. And if one has the compassion for others at heart, it would be difficult for one to appropriate collective wealth for personal benefits”, he added.

Responding, Oba Gbadebo commended the lawmaker for his intervention in the provision of electricity transformers to several communities in Abeokuta.

Alake who prayed for the lawmaker for a successful aspiration, expressed confidence in Adebutu’s conduct and capacity to deliver good governance if he is elected as governor of the state comes 2009.

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