Ibadan Mogajis have backed the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes’ invitation of the candidates for the Oyo State governorship election next year to appear before it and unveil their agenda for the development of Ibadan.
However, the Mogajis said apart from unveiling their agenda for Ibadan, Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s successor must show that he loves the people of the state.
The CCII President, Chief Yemi Soladoye, had during the press conference organised by the body ahead of their event to celebrate Ajimobi’s 69th birthday, said, “The CCII did not organise any ceremony for him (Ajimobi) before becoming governor in 2011 and before he had a second term in 2015. We are only showing appreciation and setting the pace for the next governor in Oyo State that he must have Ibadan agenda and the agenda must be fulfilled.”
The Mogajis under the banner of Authentic Mogajis in Ibadanland appealed to the 32 governorship candidates to support any of the leading candidates to save voters the agony of going through a long list on election day.
The group said it would ask the contestants to tell the people of the state what they had in stock for them and to ensure a violent-free election.
The Mogajis are Chiefs Olawale Oladaja, Adekunle Adanla, Fatai Olanrewaju, Abass Oloko, Ademola Olasomi, Musibau Raji, Rasaki Adeyemo and Mogaji Molade.
The group was of the opinion that the long list of the governorship candidates was capable of confusing voters, adding that there was the need to critically examine the trend in order to arrive at the best for the state.
“Only the best is good for our state post-Governor Abiola Ajimobi era in 2019,” the group said in a statement.
The Mogajis in the statement signed by their spokesman Mogaji Oladoja said they believed that five candidates – Seyi Makinde (Peoples Democratic Party), Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala (Action Democratic Party), Chief Sharafadeen Alli (Zenith Labour Party), Senator Olufemi Lanlehin (African Democratic Congress) and Chief Bayo Adelabu (All Progressives Congress) are enjoying the support of voters.
The Authentic Mogajis appealed to the candidates to avoid hate speech during their campaigns.