By Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji, Abeokuta
Ogun State Indigenes in United States of America under the umbrella of Egba Descendants Association at the weekend appointed Ogun State governorship hopeful, Otunba Rotimi Paseda as its Patron
The association which comprises of Egba unsigned from Ogun State while playing host to Paseda at Oduduwa hall, Dallas, Texas, USA stated that the unanimous decision to honour the governorship hopeful was based on his various socio-economic and political activities, particularly his humanitarian gestures, through his foundation, towards the residents of Ogun State.
The Association President, Mr. Kenny Sunmonu while commending Otunba Paseda for accepting the patronship and attending the June meeting of the association emphasized that, Paseda’s unblemished character and sincerity aimed at bettering the lives of the downtrodden further gave the members confidence to appoint him as Patron.
According to him, “Our members are indeed happy to have someone like you as our patron. We have heard a lot about you, your contributions and your various programmes, particularly your humanitarian activities through your foundation to help our people in Nigeria.
“Definitely, you are someone we can partner with in improving the lives of our people back home in Nigeria, ” Sunmonu averred.
Also speaking, the Treasurer of the association, Mr. Ladi Lemboye briefed Paseda on the history and various activities of the association.
Lemboye, who was the Assistant Secretary General of Egba National Association US and Canada, said that the Dallas chapter would continue to offer support to the down-trodden and the needy people within the Egba communities in Ogun State.
He explained that various programmes, which include award of scholarship to needy students, would soon be carried out for secondary schools students within Ogun Central Senatorial District.
While speaking, the Founder, Paseda Legacy Foundation, Otunba Rotimi Paseda expressed appreciation to the members of the association for their support, promising to play his part as the Patron of the association.
Paseda who told the gathering of his intention to govern Ogun State in 2019, declared that despite been an Ijebu man from Ogun East Senatorial District he sees the whole of the state as his constituency, which informed his readiness to give back to all sections and accepting the Egba Descendants patron.
He maintained that, if elected, he is fully prepared to provide an alternative good government to the people compared to what obtained under the past and present government in the state.
Paseda therefore, donated N1 million to support the charity programme of the association in Egbaland, assuring them of his steadfast readiness to sacrifice all possible at his disposal for the development of the Gateway State.
Among those present at the event were three past presidents of the association – Dr. Ayo Ogundele, Pastor Phillip Ajayi and Deacon Olufemi Oyegunle, Vice President, Deaconess Elizabeth Oyeniyi, General Secretary, Mrs. Ajibola Ogundele.