I remained Ogun governor, the knife and bread are with me, Abiodun taunts opposition - NIGERIAN NEWSORBIT


Sunday, July 18, 2021

I remained Ogun governor, the knife and bread are with me, Abiodun taunts opposition

The governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun has declared that the knife and bread are with him, apparently referring to the state resources, and that he would definitely share the goodies as he deemed fit without necessarily bowing to what the opposition may say.

Gov Abiodun stated this at Ikenne over the weekend during the All Progressives Congress (APC) local government campaign held at the council area.

The governor who was speaking over the stiff resistance of his predecessor, Sen Ibikunle Amosun to the construction of the Cargo Airport at Ilisan in Ikenne local government, disclosed that irrespective of any opposition to the project, the Agro Cargo Airport was on course and would be ready for commissioning by the end of next year.

It would be recalled that Abiodun and his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun had locked  horns over the nature and location of airport project in the state.

While the governor made case for an Agro-Allied Cargo airport located at  Ilishan-Remo, Ikenne Local Government Area, Amosun strongly backed a  passenger airport located at Wasimi, Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state.

Addressing party stalwarts and residents of Ikenne local government during the campaign, Abiodun said he would not bow to the opposition. He said he remains the governor and "the buck stops at his table."

The governor said "Aeroplane will be landing here in Ikenne. Some people are building airport, some 'airstrip' and some domestic airport; they are embittered, they are fighting us. They said we can't site the airport here, and I said 'it is a lie.' 

"I am the governor of Ogun State as we speak. I am in possession of both the bread and the knife. And I will share it as it pleases me. 

"We have sited the project here already and by the end of next year, we will commission that airport."

The governor later led his campaign train to the site of the airport project, with the promise that it would be ready for use next year.

Abiodun said Ikenne LG, is "specially blessed" considering the number of prominent personalities who hailed from the council, including himself, late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo among others.

He said his administration has reconstructed over 270kilometres road and rehabilitated about 100 Primary Healthcare Centres across the state.

Speaking earlier at Odogbolu, Abiodun declared that his administration would soon set up a Special Task Force to tackle cultism in the state.

He said his administration would not allow cultists and other criminal elements undermine the development of the State.

Abiodun also said contrary "hostile political environment" that he inherited in the state, the political temperature of the state "is now low", owing to his government's "inclusive and responsive" governance.

He said "I am glad today because there is nothing like gun shots. You can see that the political temperature of Ogun State is so low. We are happy and enjoy peace of mind. We are all doing our businesses peacefully. No record of killing.

"But some few young ones are into cultism, If I lay my hands on you...haaah! I am setting up a special task force on cultism. This state will become number in this country. 

"And any attempt to undermine that by way of cultism is an act of sabotage and we will stamp it out."

Welcoming the governor and his entourage to the local government areas, party leaders and cabinet members applauded Abiodun for implementation of several people oriented projects urging the people to not only turn out in their large number next week Saturday to vote in APC in the local government elections but to also keep supporting the governor for another term in office come 2023.

In her remarks, a member representing Ikenne/Sagamu/Remo North Federal Constituency, Otunba Adewunmi Onanuga noted that Abiodun had given women a chance in his administration and urged the womenfolks to reciprocate by voting en masse for APC candidates in the LG poll.

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