The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has claimed that he is not an emperor because the governorship is not a family inheritance, in apparent response to the outburst of frontline presidential aspirant and National Leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The declaration comes after Tinubu’s remarks about the role he played in ensuring that Governor Abiodun won the governorship seat for Ogun state in the 2019 general election and his fear that the governor will not reciprocate the gift.
Governor Abiodun made the declaration in a tweet on his official Twitter account on Friday, June 3, 2022.
Abiodun stated that he is holding his position in trust for the state’s citizens and is committed to being fair, just, and equitable.
The statement from Governor Abiodun reads, ‘’I am not an emperor by any chance and this is not my family inheritance.
‘’I am holding this position in trust for all the people of this state and I have vowed to be fair, just and equitable and this is the solemn agreement I made between the Almighty God and myself.’’
Recall that while on a visit to Ogun state to solicit for the support of APC delegates towards his presidential ambition, Tinubu had in a rather harsh tone, explained how if not for his support, Dapo Abiodun would not have become the governor of Ogun state.
Tinubu had said, “It has been over 25 years now that I have been serving them.
This one sitting behind me, Dapo, can he say he can be the governor without me? We were together at the MKO Abiola Stadium, he was intimidated, they didn’t want to give him the party’s flag. I was the one that handed the flag to him. He knows that he cannot be the governor without the help of God and my support.’’
The former Governor of Lagos, who sounded betrayed, might have been reacting to feelers and unconfirmed reports that Governor Abiodun might have pitched his tent with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who is one of the presidential hopefuls under the APC platform.