From Ogundele Olanrewaju
The Association of Mogaji’s in Ibadanland has dispelled rumor making around that the Mogaji’s have endorsed Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Oyo South Senatorial District, Mogaji Joseph Olasunkanmi Tegbe as their preferred choice in the 2023 general elections.
The President of the Mogaji’s, Mogaji Asimiyu Ariori in a statement made available to Journalists on Tuesday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital noted there was never a time they single out anyone to be endorsed for any position, saying that they are in support of all the candidates contesting for various positions who are indigene of Ibadan.
Ariori maintained that though Tegbe was also one of them (Mogaji), but the Mogaji’s didn’t endorsed him as their choice.
Recall that Tegbe was said to have been endorsed by the Mogajis at the Olunde residence of Mogaji Abass Oloko.
The statement reads, “Our attention has been called to a rumor making around that we have endorsed Joseph Tegbe, Tegbe met us when the meeting was going on, the meeting was not purposely called for his endorsement”.
“The true reflections of what transpired during the meeting between some Ibadan Mogajis and Mogaji Joseph Tegbe has clearly confirmed that there was never an endorsement but a mere meeting and soliciting for electoral supports”.
“All the personalities at the meeting including me and the host Mogaji Abass Oloko refuted the endorsement”.
“Mogaji Joseph Tegbe is a prominent son of the soil and Mogaji, he has equally right just like any other sons and daughters of the soil. The Mogajis and any other groups can choose to meet any of our aspirants or candidates and listen to their request, but endorsement is far from the discussions”.
“This issues has generated alots of furore, we advise all our distinguished patriots most especially Mogajis to stir clear of anything that could divide us”.
“We deserve to be more united under His Imperial Majesty , The Olubadan of Ibadanland much more than ever”.