The Ogun West Grassroots Alliance (OWGA), has said that those who were rattled by the royal blessings received by Barrister Biyi Otegbeye, the gubernatorial candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC) , from the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, were the ones responsible for the sponsored news that Otegbeye has been asked to step down.
The group also commended the Paramount Ruler and the Obas for doing what was rigjt. OWGA at its expanded executive meeting in Ilaro on Wednesday, among other issues, debunked the purported rejection of the only Yewa-Awori candidate by their monarchs.
It will be recalled that a news report, not by NigerianEcho, a few days ago said that a governorship candidate of Yewa-Awori extraction was asked to drop his ambition and also declined invitation of the paramount ruler and as such earned the wrath of the monarchs.
However, speaking at the meeting, the Convener of the group, Omoba Bolaji Adeniji said nothing can be farther from the truth saying the report is false and malicious in its entirety.
He said, “We all know that the ADC candidate, being the only viable and credible Yewa-Awori son in the race, was given a heroic welcome at an homecoming event held at Ilaro recently and equally paid a courtesy visit to the palace of the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewa Land”.
“Biyi Otegbeye was not just warmly received by Kabiyesi and his Chiefs, he received royal blessings for the success of his ambition”.
The group wondered how possible it is for a candidate who declined an invite to the palace to still be the same person who went to the palace and received royal blessings on his gubernatorial ambition.
OWGA used the opportunity to hail the monarch and all other traditional rulers in Yewa and Awori Land. “We sincerely thank all our Kabiyesis for the wisdom in supporting the true wishes of our people. The genuine resolve of Yewa Obas is not in doubt and the time for ogun west to produce the governor of Ogun State is now, when the opportunity for success is the brightest ”.
The group however had knocks for those peddling falsehoods around, warning them to desist from such acts that are not dignifying.
According to them, “We know fifth columnists will be out to throw spanners in the works this time again but we will resist them. Democracy envisages a free space where everyone is allowed to market thier product without maligning the integrity of others”.
“To the beneficiary of such actions, their case is the hilarious situation of someone that had to be draped and adorned with vainglorious fabric and saddled on the horse of a cockroach! We sure know how it will end”.
“We know they are jittery because they have smelt their impending failure in the 2023 elections. They have been rejected by the people hence their resort to lies, propaganda and rumours. They know with Otegbeye on the ballot, their candidate has already lost because the people are with the ADC Gubernatorial Candidate.”
The Ogun West Grassroots Alliance used the occasion to reiterate its call for all patriotic Yewa-Awori sons and daughters to rally round Barrister Biyi Otegbeye and vote him massively in the March 11, 2023 election.
“We are glad that Otegbeye and his party, ADC have been received by the Egbas and Ijebus, the challenge is for our people at home to carry aloft the banner of this collective agenda so that the impending victory will be resounding “. The group noted.
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