Traditional rulers in Ogun State have advised President Goodluck Jonathan to call his men to order in their use of intemperate language , if he wants to make a headway in next month’s presidential election.
The Obas are particularly irked by the persistent abuse of former President Olusegun Obasanjo by those claiming to speak for the president’s campaign team.
The Obas spoke their mind on Friday at a brief meeting with the president after the commissioning of the Olorunsogo Power Project in the Ewekoro Local Government of the state.
Obasanjo is a high chief of Owu, Abeokuta, the capital of the state.
At the meeting with the President was the Olowu of Owu, Obasanjo’s quarter, Oba Sanya Dosunmu.
Also present were the Alake of Egbaland and Chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers,Oba Oyedotun Gbadebo, the Akarigbo of Remo,Oba Michael Sonariwo and former governor of the state,Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
Sources close to the meeting said the Obas told Jonathan, who sought their support in the election, that his men were not helping his cause in anyway by their continued insult of Obasanjo.
They said Jonathan would be the ultimate loser if he failed to rein them in
Obasanjo and Jonathan are locked in a long running battle with the former President accusing the incumbent of mismanaging the country.
He believes the president has not done much in the fight against corruption . He also accused him of depleting the nation’s foreign reservesthrough reckless spendings.
Jonathan countered ,saying that Obasanjo was behaving like a motor park tout.
One monarch frowned at the impromptu meeting,which he regarded a disrespect to the royal class:”we must be respected because we are not politicians and cannot just be summoned into a meeting without prior notice. Also,we down here always respect elders,we don’t say because of politics,one will not know his elders.”
After the meeting, the Obas tried to show their displeasure when some of them reluctantly took photographs with President Jonathan.
The meeting with the Obas was attended by the former governor of the State, Gbenga Daniel, his former deputy, Alhaja Salmot Badru, Minister of Power,Prof. Chinedu Nebo,his Culture and Tourism counterpart,who is also in charge of Information Ministry,Chief Edem Duke,former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Titi Oseni – Sodunke,Senior Special Assistant,SSA to the President on Public Affairs,Doyin Okupe,Chief of Staff to the President,Brig. General Jones Arogbofa,Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State,Peter Obi,former governor of Anambra State, the PDP Governorship candidate in the State,Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka,GNI, Mr James Abiodun Olotu,MD/CEO, Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited among others.
President Jonathan while at the meeting canvassed for support for his re- election and that of other PDP candidates in the State.
Also, it was gathered that the governorship candidate in the State, Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, strongly appealed to the monarchs to support his candidature as he promised to improve their welfare package if elected into the office.