A 2023 poll’s governorship aspirant on the platform of Ogun state PDP, Otunba Jimi Lawal, says bad governance and poor leadership is fueling the hostility between two political blocs in the state.
He also contends that the state is made up of Ijebu and Egba provinces and not three as it is believed in some quarters.
Lawal, appearing on a Rockcity FM programme, “daybreak show” said the sharp division among major sub-ethnic groups in the state was due to bad governance and the failure of past leaders to look at the state in its entirety.
The governorship aspirant, who is a senior adviser to Governor Nasir El-Rufai on investment, also says he is not joining the governorship race as Ijebu candidate to scuttle the second term ambition of Governor Dapo Abiodun.
According to him, one should be assessed in term of performance instead of the section of the state he comes from.
Lawal says he is joining the governorship race because he believes that the Abiodun administration is underperforming, adding that Ogun deserves more than it is getting from the administration.
For instance, Lawal explains that the growth of Ogun state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) which Amosun administration pushed to 84 billion naira in 2015, has been dropping sharply since then.
The governorship aspirant, who doubts the IGR figure being announced by the Abiodun administration, says Kaduna state has since overtaken Ogun state.