–Says Monarch Should Steer Clear From Partisan Politics
The immediate past spokesperson for the Nigerian Senate, Ajibola Basiru on Wednesday said that the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, has ceased to act like monarch, saying the king has over the time started acting as a card-carrying member of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP .
Basiru, who represented Osun Central Senatorial District in the 9th Senate, made this known on Wednesday while delivering his scorecard to his constituents, chieftains and members of the APC at his campaign office in Osogbo.
Fielding questions from journalists, the Osogbo born politician said the monarch had ceased to act like royalty as his palace has been turned into a meeting point for the PDP.
Basiru said claims of the monarch that he didn’t do anything for the palace as a senator was not true.
He said: “To put on record, I won in Osogbo and Olorunda Local Government. I won in Ward 1 unit 15 which is adjacent to the palace of Ataoja.
“I did not go to campaign in the palace of Ataoja because as far as I know him, he has ceased to act as a monarch. He is acting as a card-carrying member of the Peoples Democratic Party.
“I know today that it is his palace that they are doing meeting of PDP. I don’t have any personal quarrel with him.
“As a senator, I put a 45kv generator in his palace, I put electrification and I supported the palace beautification project with a huge sum of money. I would not have mentioned it if he had not said I did not do anything for him.
“If he now feels that he wants to serve his masters in country home, Ede, he is free to do so. If he wants to be a politician, let him continue to do his politics.”
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