Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, yesterday declared that he would not allow a “foreigner” to succeed him in the 2019 general election.Amosun, who spoke at a meeting with members of Ogun West Elders Council and Yewa Think Tank held at the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said it was normal in politics for him to disagree with former governor, Chief Olusegun Osoba on choice of successor.He spoke just as elders from Yewa-Awori extraction in the state urged the governor to make up his mind and name his preferred candidate for the 2019 governorship.

This came barely 48 hours after a group,Ogun West Consultative Forum,endorsed an All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial aspirant and Senator representing Lagos West, Solomon Adeola as consensus candidate for the next poll.Adeola,popularly known as Yayi, is widely believed to be supported by Osoba and his loyalists within the ruling APC.But yesterday, Amosun restated his support for Ogun West senatorial district to produce his successor but said not under his watch will those he described as “atohunrinwa” (foreigners) take over the state’s governance.The governor pointed out that it was the covenant between him and God to hand over to a person from Ogun West, saying his successor will be “a son of the soil.”

He dissociated himself from the recent adoption of his Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru as the consensus candidate of Ogun East senatorial district for 2019 governorship.Amosun said though he would not prevent anybody from Ogun East from aspiring for governorship, he pleaded with the Ijebu people to allow Ogun West to produce next governor.While maintaining that Osoba remains his leader, the governor, however, remarked that “Osoba is free to take a position just as I am free to take my own position.”