Family heads in Ibadan land, also known as Mogajis, have queried the interest of the former governor of Lagos State and the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the gubernatorial election of Oyo state.
The Mogajis, in a statement issued Wednesday by its spokesperson, Wale Oladoja in Ibadan, said they don’t want external forces to create division between the two leading governorship candidates in the state.
The group also warned a former governor of the state, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala over his recent utterances against the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, Chief Rasidi Ladoja.
Akala, who was the arrowhead of recent coalition of major opposition parties, had in a video while addressing his supporters, said Ladoja told him that he could not become a governor because he was not an Ibadan indigene but Ogbomoso.
The Mogajis further said they won’t allow any individual to insult the stool of Olubadan and the High Chief Rasidi Ladoja for saying the truth to the authority.
They stressed that the entire people of the state are aware of the deal between him and a former governor of Lagos state, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the Saturday’s guber election.
The statement reads in part: “We believe that Ogbomoso and Ibadan are from the same mother, therefore, we don’t expect Akala to cause crisis between the two ancient cities.
“What is the interest of Tinubu in Oyo guber politics? It is open secret that he is instigating two brothers against each other and it is not acceptable to us. The candidates of PDP and APC are our sons and we don’t want external forces to create divisions among them.
“Both of them are gentlemen from Ibadan but we realised that Seyi Makinde is more of a grassroots than his younger brother. Therefore we appeal to our people especially the entire Ibadan indigenes, Ibarapa, Saki, iseyin, Oyo and the entire people of the state to consider the closeness of Seyi Makinde to the grassroots before voting. We implore Adelabu to wait till 2023 to actualise his ambition.”