Why Buhari shuns Ota during Ogun visit

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Investigation has revealed why President Muhammadu Buhari was not allowed to visit Sango Ota in Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Council to inaugurate on-going projects as earlier scheduled during his two-day visit to Ogun State earlier this week.

Sources close to the government in Abeokuta said the president was not allowed to visit Ado-Odo Ota as earlier scheduled in order to avoid political conflicts between Egba and Yewa-Awori.

Roads in Sango and Ota were initially closed by the Police in preparation for the arrival of Mr President. Both public and private schools across Ado-0do/Ota were also shut down. The school authorities who claimed there was no information until Tuesday morning for the public holiday directed parents and guardians to take their children and wards back home. Children whose parents always drop them while going to work in Lagos and then pick them in the afternoon were left alone within the premises of public schools in Ota while owners of private schools refused to allow the children stay within the premises to avoid the wrath of the state government.

Secretary to the state government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, at a press conference last Friday, January 22 in Oke Mosan, Abeokuta had disclosed that President Buhari would inaugurte some completed projects across the three senatorial districts of the state when he said, “We have over 100 projects across the state and about 60 have been fully completed. We have selected 40 legacy projects to be inaugurated by the President to commemorate the anniversary.

“Buhari has most kindly agreed to visit and inaugurate some of the projects. He will be in the state between Monday, 1 & Tuesday 2 February, 2016 to inaugurate some of the projects. Though we are working to see if he can inaugurate all, they are scattered all over the state. All other projects will be inauturated by our past Governors and administrators”.

The projects to be inaugurated in Ogun Central include Alagbaagba Cocoa Plantation, Odeda, Owowo Farm Settlement; Tomato Plantation, Kotopo; Model School, Kobape, Onijaganjagan, Ewekoro, A.A.K. Degun Workers Estate, Laderin,Abeokuta; Three Hills Estate, Kobape; Itoku Flyover, Salon Flyover, Iyana Mortuary Flyover, Ojere-Adatan road, OGTV-Ajebo road, Omida road and Isale Igbein road while the projects to be inaugurated in Ogun East include Model School, Sagamu; New Makun City, formerly Estate of Paradise City. The project was on a 50- hectare site and was abandoned by the last administration, but was expanded to 750 hectares.

Other projects are: Oba Akarigbo bridge, Sabo Flyover, both in Sagamu. Model school, Ikenne, now HID Awolowo Model school; Model school, Ago Iwoye; Mobalufon bridge, Ijebu Ode; Lagos garage flyover, Ijebu Ode; Emuren Chicks Farms, which produces about 2,000 chicks daily; and Ijebu Ode township road.

In Ogun West, he was scheduled to commissions the longest road constructed by the Senator Ibikunle Amosun administration which cuts across four LGAs out of five in the district and it is 110km long. It begins from Ilara and runs through Ijoun, Tombolo, and Oja Odan.

Other projects are: Ilo-Awela road, Model School, Ado Odo; Sango-Ijoko road; OPIC New Dawn Estate, Agbara; Oil Plantation, Ipokia (50 hectares); Cashew Plantation and Rice Plantation, Egua.

However, investigation revealed that the plan to bring the President to Ota was cancelled to prevent political crisis in the Yewa-Awori Senatorial Districts, particularly, Ogun West where Senator Gholahan Dada comes from.

“We later cancelled the move because doing so will put Ota above Ilaro, the headquarters of Yewa-Awori Senatorial District. You know that the President has visited Ijebu-Ode to greet the Awujale and Alake of Egba in Abeokuta, it will be improper to allow him visit Ota when he has not visited Ilaro, the headquarters of Yewa-Awori Senatorial District.

“We don’t want the Egbas to think that we are placing Ota above the traditional position it is currently in Ogun Traditional Council. We don’t want another crisis so, we have to cancel the trip to Ota”, the sourced informed.

It will be recalled that there had been communal clashes between the Egba and Yewa-Awori over land issue and traditional titles in which many lives were lost. The issue is being resolved by the state government after a legal tussle.