- Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state have replied to some allegations against him by veteran journalist, Reuben Abati
- Governor Amosun described Abati as a political minion who wants to please his paymasters
- The governor was reacting to a widely published piece by Abati accusing the governor of being vindictive
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state have described veteran journalist and politician, Reuben Abati, as a political minion.
Amosun was reacting to a widely published piece by Abati accusing the governor of being vindictive after failing to install his stooge as his successor.
The piece titled: What’s wrong with these end-time governors? had taken a swipe on Amosun for allegedly setting a booby trap for Ogun state governor-elect, Dapo Abiodun.
Reacting to Abati's allegations, a media aide to the governor, Rotimi Durojaiye, described the former presidential aide as a political neophyte turned desperado.
His words: “Abati woefully lost his election bid for the seat of the deputy governor in the state, but now vilifies another candidate for losing at the same election when in the disputed election, the candidate he so reveres came ten of thousands ahead of him and his principal candidate, Buruji Kashamu.
“He quickly jumped boat seeking for relevance and would do anything to assure his pay masters of his loyalty for the sake of crumps. In a decent society, Abati would have recused himself from commenting on the affairs of the government of Ogun state on the platform of a journalist and columnist.
“At best, he would have presented himself as a politician criticising a political opponent and that would have fore-warned his reader on what weight to attach to his views. Unfortunately, we live in a society of “anything goes” where decency has taken flight.
“Abati must remember that intellectual brigandage and uncharitable statements may achieve initial ephemeral ends, but they cause more self-damage to the individual who wields them.
“We have a duty to put the records straight and that is why we bother, at all, to respond to his worthless treatise. More so, because Abati still pretends to write as a journalist rather than admit had he has somersaulted into a political acolyte.”
Meanwhile, Hon Abiodun Akinlade, a former member of the House of Representatives, has assured the people of Ogun West senatorial district that the incoming administration in the state would not disappoint them in area of development.
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Akinlade who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) gave the assurance on Thursday, April 25, during the commissioning and handing over of a modern hall facilitated by him for Ijofin community in Yewa South local government area.
He said the Ogun governor-elect, Prince Dapo Abiodun, will make a meaningful impact on the lives of the people in the district once his administration starts on May 29.
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