Saturday, 30 April 2022

New Olubadan Brother Battles Gov Makinde Over Senate Ticket



The senator representing Oyo South Dr. Kola Balogun has challenged Governor Seyi Makinde to publicly confirm that he withdrew his ticket because of poor performance and failure to relate with party leaders in the senatorial district.

The governor had reportedly endorsed Mogaji Joseph Tegbe who recently defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ticket.

Media reports had claimed that Makinde turned his back against Sen. Balogun because of alleged poor performance, failure to bind with party leaders in the district and the need to poach a popular opposition politician to strengthen PDP’s chances in the next year election.

The governor also reportedly reasoned that he poached Sen. Balogun from the APC the same way in 2019 to weaken APC’s chances in the election. The senator was a governorship aspirant who later defected to African Democratic Congress (ADC) on realizing that his chances of picking the governorship ticket in APC were slim. But he won the senatorial election, historically defeating the then sitting governor the late Abiola Ajimobi.

But Balogun, who is a younger brother to the Olubadan Oba Lekan Balogun, revealed on Friday that he was denied return ticket because Governor Makinde was pressured to believe that the combination of a sitting Olubadan and a brother senator would be too hard for him to control.

He said some informal party leaders who surround Makinde made him fear that his return to the Senate would make the Balogun family too powerful for the governor.

Balogun, in a statement entitled: ‘Real facts why Makinde denied Olubadan’s brother a second term ticket’ on Friday, explained that the governor was initially against the idea of dropping him as a senator but later caved in to the pressure.


It reads: “At the initial stage of preparation for the coronation of the Olubadan, the governor was unyielding but a group within his house impressed upon him the implications of having two Balogun brothers as the Olubadan and as a senator.

“He initially rejected the suggestion by this group. A very prominent resident of Ibadan was with the governor on a pressing state matter when this same set of people came back to further convince him to stop my second term ticket.


“He also rejected the suggestion for the second time. But subsequent efforts of these people brought in a former senator from the state and they made him cave in to their demand.

“Governor Makinde reportedly made some claims that I am not performing and that I am not taking care of the party leaders in the nine local government areas in Oyo South Senatorial District.

“As a Christian, can he swear with the Holy Bible and with his life that those were the real and principal reasons he took that decision?

“I challenge him to publicly swear before the PDP stakeholders; before the people of Ibadan, Oyo South Senatorial District and the entire state that he took that decision solely because of the reasons stated in the report. If he can do this, I will come back to openly apologise to him.

“The allegation of non-performance against me is puerile. The record of my performance and achievements is in the public domain and it is hereby attached to this piece.”

Listing his performance in the last three years and how he fitly bonded with party leaders, Sen. Balogun also challenged the governor to publicly disclose the party leaders in Oyo South Senatorial District who alleged that he is not reaching out to them.

He wrote: “In Oyo PDP, under the leadership of Governor Makinde, we have two categories of party leadership. We have the formal leaders from the ward to the state levels, plus other recognised leaders.

“We have been relating with this category of party leaders in the course of my duty as a senator, both collectively and individually. The records are there for all to see


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