Dr Olapade Agoro of Olapade Agoro Estate, Ibadan has fired back at Governor Rauf Aregbesola led administration in Osun State for warning him to stop parading himself as the Owa Atapami of Ijesaland by saying that the title did not exist
Olapade Agoro who was the presidential candidate of National Action Council (NAC) described the warning of the state Government as a diversionary tactic to shift the attention of the masses from the mis-governance of the state by the current administration.
The state government on Sunday sounded a notice of warning to Dr. Agoro to stop parading himself as the Atapami of Itapa-Ijesa in Osun State.
In a letter dated August 19, 2016 and was signed by Mr. Femi Ogundun for the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy, Water Resources, Rural and Community Affairs insisted that there is no chieftaincy title called Atapami of Itapa-Ijesa.
“Atapami of Itapa-Ijesa is nonexistent and you should stop parading yourself as a holder of a nonexistent title as this runs contrary to section 21 sub – sections 3(9) and (b) of the chief’s law, cap. 25, laws of the state of Osun, 2012”
Reacting in a statement, Olapade Agoro asked ” What has chieftaincy wrangling got to do with the current predicament of the Osun State people, especially the workers who have been placed under half salary payment for months by Governor’s Aregbesola who has not even been paying the half salaries as at when due?”
“Osun State has not had it so bad by the previous administrations. The entire workers have been impoverished by this administration which has left the substance but is chasing the shadow,” Agoro remarked.
Agoro challenged the governor to account for billions of naira which he has collected from the federal allocation to better the lots of the masses who have been turned to flotsam and jet sam” of the society, he observed.
He pointed out that records of his installation in June 1982 where the Eleremon of Ereman, Oba Joe Oyeyemi who was among the dignitaries, prostrated for him, were there for posterity.
“Osun State Government has been promoting one controversy or the other. Today it is poke nosing into chieftaincy wrangling. Yesterday it was Hijab issue in Secondary schools and bastardisation of education. No one can say what the Governor would do very soon. We are going to resolve this issue in the court of law as my team of lawyers has been lined up to seek redress,” he disclosed
Agoro added that the bone of contention between him and the government was his constructive criticism of Governor Aregbesola’s administration, which he said, lacked human face because the workers and the entire people of the state had been made to regret voting for APC government which they hoped against hope would, would better their lots.
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