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Yoruba Obas Give Jonathan Conditions For Re-Election


President Jonathan was in the south west campaigning for votes in the upcoming elections. In a four day visit, the president visited a lot of traditional rulers and appealed to them to support him. According to Punch.
Jonathan visited monarchs in the Ogun-Central Senatorial District which are of Egba extraction, the same region where Obasanjo hails from on Friday.

President Jonathan also visited the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi II and the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Ajagungbade also in Oyo State on Saturday.

The President, was accompanied on the visit to the Oyo State monarchs by several PDP chieftains including its National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, former Ogun State Governor Gbenga Daniel, Musiliu Obanikoro, Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory, Jomoke Akinjide and Senator Ayo Adeseun.

The traditional rulers who attended the meeting with Jonathan in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital were about 20 and they were led by the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo. Others at the meeting included the Akarigbo of Remo, Oba Michael Sonariwo; and the Olowu of Owu, Oba Dosunmu.

However, the Awujale and the Paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, and Olu of Ilaro and Paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle were absent.

A source at the Abeokuta meeting told one of our correspondents in confidence on Saturday that the sole agenda of the meeting was the presidential election.

“This is an election period. What else did you expect the President to tell them? He asked for their support in the forthcoming elections,” the source said.

A former Minister of Works, Chief Adeseye Ogunlewe, told one of our correspondents on the telephone on Saturday that the Yoruba elders lamented that the people of the South-West had been marginalised in the Jonathan administration.

He said the Yoruba leaders asked Jonathan to put into writing that if he wins the March 28 elections, Yorubas would be given key positions in his government.

Ogunlewe said, “The President was here for our support in the South-West which he will need in order to weaken the effect of the North-West. He met with our leaders and Obas and discussions and negotiations are on-going.

“Specifically, the Yoruba leaders lamented that there was no Yoruba person in the top 15 positions in this country. The only position that we were to get, which was the Speaker of the House of Representatives, was blocked by Bola Tinubu.

“So, the President has been asked to put it into writing that Yoruba will be given top positions during his next term and also implement the resolutions of the National Conference with regards to the Yoruba. I was not part of the meeting which is being held by the most senior Yoruba elders but I am aware that discussions are still on.”

The founder of the Odua Peoples Congress, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, also said Yoruba elders had decided to support Jonathan based on his promise to implement the National Conference report.

Fasehun said, “The promise he gave us is that if he comes back for a second term, he will ensure that the decisions of the Confab are perfected and implemented as soon as he comes in. The Yoruba want self-determination within the federation that will ensure their form of government and politics and want to be able to develop their own region.”

In Oyo the President and the Alaafin had a closed-door meeting at the inner chamber of the Alaafin. A palace source, who preferred anonymity, said, “Baba (Alaafin) is father to all and top profile politicians seek his support and advice. Jonathan was here to discuss the coming election with the Alaafin and how the Yoruba will support him. As a father, Jonathan must have asked his royal blessing and how to go about for his campaign in the South-West.”

It was learnt that although the monarchs agreed that the zone lost the speakership of the House of Representatives to politics in the House, the President should have addressed the marginalisation of the zone through other appointments.

It was gathered that the Obas felt that the marginalisation of the zone was glaring as it was not represented in top eight positions in the country.

Currently the President is from the South-South; Vice-President, North-West; Senate President, North-Central; Deputy Senate President, South-East; Speaker of the House of Representatives, North-West; Deputy Speaker, South-East; Chief Justice of Nigeria, North-East and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, South-East.

An Egba chief, who was privy to the meeting at Olorunshogo on Friday, but pleaded anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the issue, told one of our correspondents that the Obas also demanded better representation of the Yoruba in the Jonathan’s government.

He stated, “Lagos-Abeokuta road also came into focus as the Peoples Democratic Party government has not been able to complete the construction of the road in the last 16 years even when Obasanjo (former President Olusegun Obasanjo), an indigene of the state was in government.

“The demand was also made for more relevant and powerful appointments in this government. Besides the minister of agriculture, other positions being held by the South-West are either ministers of state or ministry such as the police that is not powerful.”

1 comment:

DASH said...

Simply put they want GEJ to pick a yoruba as VP. Well just thinking aloud o. Hmmmmm!!!!! The pursuit of Power.

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