Oke-Ogun Community in Abeokuta North local government area of Ogun State, on Monday protested the alleged imposition of the Consultant to Ogun State Governor Prince Dapo on media, Prince Ifekayode Akinbode as the new Chairman of the community.
The protesters comprises of youths, women, leaders and the APC party faithful singing solidarity songs to express their displeasure saying that the decision to remove Chief Hamed Taiwo as the community leader is non and void.
The protesters carried placards with inscriptions such as “No one in Oke-Ogun choose Ifekayode as Oke-Ogun leader, ” Chief Hamed Taiwo remains No 1 leader in Oke-Ogun, “We Say No to imposition in Oke-Ogun, “Era of dictatorship is not allow in Oke-Ogun Community”, Tella is not our candidate in Oke-Ogun,” among others.
While addressing journalists at the gathering, one of the community leader, Prince Timothy Akindele said the position of Oke-Ogun Community remains that Chief Hamed Taiwo remain their leader adding that everyone accepted him as the leader, if he does anything wrong, we that accepted him should be briefed and we will all seat and see if the offense they alleged him of is real or not.
According to him, the position of Oke-Ogun Community remains that Chief Hamed Taiwo remain our leader, I don’t know why some few people can gathered themselves together to impeach somebody that the whole community and the leaders appointed less than 4 weeks ago.
“If you want to impeach somebody or any leader, is that a way to impeach? it’s a fallacy, Chief Hamed Taiwo remains our leader.”
“When I was told, I told them I wouldn’t be in support of anything that is not good, we all accepted him as our leader, if he does anything wrong, we that accepted him should be briefed and we will all seat and see if the offense they alleged him of is real or not.”
“We are reaffirming the chairmanship of Chief Hamed Taiwo that he remains the APC Oke-Ogun Community Leader.”
“All these things they are doing will not help our party and we are in full support of Prince Dapo Abiodun to go for second term anybody that want to truncate his bid for the second term we are rejecting it.”
“The purported impeachment of our leader in Oke-Ogun is a way of truncating Dapo Abiodun second term maybe they are working for another party, because what they are doing now is as if they are trying to work for another party.”
“We all that is here are for Dapo Abiodun second term ambition, by Grace of God, we are passing vote of confidence on Dapo Abiodun 2023 general elections.”, Akindele said.
Another leader in the community, Captain, Samuel Gboyega Ige also described the impeachment as nothing but a lie saying that some set of people are just trying to bring disunity to Oke-Ogun Community.
His words “It’s a lie, Chief Hamed Taiwo can not be removed without the leaders in the Oke-Ogun Community, we are the leaders, we have gathered together with these people they knew we want to bring harmony, unity to Oke-Ogun Community, we don’t want division”.
“These are the people who have been bringing disunity among us and we want to realign together again but they have started there game again and we’re going to resist it to the last, Hamed Taiwo is still the head of Oke-Ogun Community is our leader.”
“We’re in the period of elections,we want to resist some people who believe they are from government but creating division in our community, and if they continue with this division that means they are creating obstacle for the Governor himself and all others who are going for elective offices.”, Ige concluded.
On his parts, the Chairman Oke-Ogun Community, Alhaji Chief Hamed Taiwo, said he’s not removed adding that he’s still the chairman Oke-Ogun Community.
He hinted that it was not true that they installed the consultant to Ogun State Governor as leader, saying that they are just using the name of the governor all about because he’s working with the Governor.
He concluded that “he’s a government appointee and it’s not the right time for him to imposed as Chairman on me, our expectations from him is to unite us as a community but he has choose himself to be used to caused chaos in the community.”
In another development, Ward 13,14,15 and 16 in Abeokuta North local government at a meeting passed vote of confidence on Engr Shokunle Owolabi Afeez popularly known as NIYAS as preferred Aspirant for Abeokuta North House of Assembly.