By Our Reporter
A People’s Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain and former senator representing Osun Central, Senator Felix Kolawole Ogunwale popularly known as Jumokol has said that he was never a threat to the second term ambition of the Osun State governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola.
In a press statement personally signed by him, Ogunwale said that the rumour that the governor saw him as a threat was baseless and unfounded given the fact that he left the Senate since 2007 and how could he have gathered such muscle to threaten a sitting governors second term ambition.
He noted that he was not consulted in 2018 when Oyetola contested the election despite the fact that he was a critical stakeholder.
He advised the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state to consult seasoned administrator’s if they need help to govern the state.
He stressed that given him the ticket to contest for the Osun Central senatorial seat would not in anyway affect the chances of the governor especially when the elections would hold separately.
The statement reads in part:
“I was greatly astounded when I heard of the rumour making round that a meeting was held in Osogbo, Osun State where the incumbent governor of Osun State, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, allegedly said, I, Senator Felix Kolawole Ogunwale (aka Jumokol), is the only problem to his second term and a threat to him. The rumour further has it that the governor added that if I am given Senatorial ticket I will divide his votes in Osun Central, which will constitute serious threat.
“Ordinarily, I would have ignored the rumour as unfounded, but for the fact that it kept coming from different angles, I have decided to briefly respond and set the record straight as follows:
“I still keep wondering why the governor will erroneously assume that I am a threat to his second term bids yet we know that the Senatorial and Gubernatorial elections will hold on different days.
“Secondly, I cannot be a threat to someone who is presently in power having left the Senate myself since 2007. How can I then be an obstacle on the way of an incumbent governor when I am not even in power for now?
“I want to state clearly at this juncture that even when Alhaji Oyetola was contesting as governor in 2018, I only saw his publicity; he never informed me officially, knowing that I am also a stakeholder been a one time Senator.
“Therefore if governance is trying to be difficult for the All Progressive Congress (APC) administration they should quickly contact those who are good enough to help them out.
“We all know that their modus operandi is to rake in money, I mean billions of money: for instance they can rake in like N200 billion. And when the election now come around they will take like N20 billion and use on the electorate then use like another N20 billion for other part of agencies that have something to do with the election, thereby choke the other parties and go on to rule ambiguously. But people are becoming wiser and this will be counterproductive by the next election.
Ogunwale prayed that governor Oyetola will be alive and healthy to enjoy his government saying that his earnest desire too was to live a healthy life to enjoy his children.
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