Ibadan group warns against voting politicians with questionable identities
A group, the Movement for the Actualization of Ibadan state at the weekend warned against voting for politicians with “questionable” Ibadan identify in the 2023 general elections
Convener of the Movement Alhaji Muili Ajibodu in a communique asked “eligible sons and daughters of Ibadanland most especially in the five main local governments within Ibadan metropolis to be wary of persons with questionable background, shrouded in secrecy, controversy and unverifiable known family background” .
The Movement stressed that its executive council having critically analysed the participation and involvement of Ibadan sons and daughters in the current political process, and commended those from Ibadanland who came out en-masse to vie for various political offices ahead 2023.
The Movement added, “Such people whose root with Ibadan ancestry and lineage are unclear, controversial and subject of merchandising are political dealers who are bent in profiting from the good name of Ibadanland for their own selfish interest.
“From time immemorial, every direct descendant of Ibadanland need not go extra mile to convince any discerning mind on his ancestral lineage, homestead, family background and or relationship with one family or the other. Like our fore-bearers will say “Ibadanland is within one room” (Yara kan ni Ibadan).
“We know ourselves. Every family compound is inter-related one way or the other.We need no further introduction as long as the Ibadan blood runs in us.Socially and traditionally, one’s ancestral root plays a pivotal role in ones affinity, commitment and dedication to the cause and agenda of one’s root hence the need for us in Ibadanland to be wary of Political mechandizers and dealers who are alien to our wishes and desire for the Actualization of the Ibadan State agenda.
“Our votes in Ibadanland must be carefully utilised. We have suitably qualified and untainted sons and daughters of Ibadan root who have signified interest in vying for political offices come 2023.
“We cannot shy way from the fact that the so called dealers are around to usurp the calm waters of Ibadan’s unity and using our common heritage for their selfish interest. From time immemorial, the likes of Sen. Rasheed Adewolu Ladoja, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, Sen. Kamorudeen Adedibu, Sen. Soji Akanbi, Sen. Kola Balogun and their achievements have been unprecedented due to their love for their fatherland.”
The Movement for the Actualization of Ibadan State stated, “In conclusion, our self determination and resolve for a better, prosperous and better Ibadanland should be our guiding principle as we make our choice and not crumbs from the table of the aliens and usurpers.”