By Eric Elezuo
The media team of Ogun State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, and governorship hopeful, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, has reacted to a media report, which labeled the commissioner as having ‘certificate scandal’, saying the report was just ‘a figment of the writer’s imagination’.
The accusation was contained in an article titled “Analysing 12 governorship aspirants in Ogun State”.
A statement signed by Bimbo Ashiru’s media consultant, Mr. Tayo Mabewaje, described as ‘laughable’ the allegation against the Commissioner, saying that his profile is in the public domain for all to see. It noted that it was necessary to correct the allegations in order not to give room to ‘armchair research’.
“In as much as we would not like to join issues with anybody who may engage in armchair research and broadcast such to the public, we are compelled to correct certain allegations levelled against a new breed and visionary politician, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru whose aspiration has been receiving unprecedented approval across the state in recent times.
It is a known fact that Otunba Ashiru has been consulting with major stakeholders in Ogun politics with rewarding commentaries and positive reactions which have given us leverage and audacity to move on.
The article purportedly stated that Otunba Bimbo Ashiru is ‘an aspirant with certificate scandal’. Laughable as the comment may be, we do not want to sweep it under the carpet and hence the need to set the records straight.
Otunba Bimbo Ashiru’s profile is in public domain and the unblemished history of the Ashiru dynasty in Ijebu Ode is open to verification for any body who so wishes. Perhaps, this is the first time an allegation of this magnitude is coming up and we can only term this as a figment of the writer’s imagination,” the statement read.
The statement further described the allegation that Mr. Ashiru bribed his way the screening process as a ‘fallacy’, adding that such insinuation is an insult to the integrity of great statesmen who conducted the screening exercise. The statement further recognised the incumbent governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun as a straightforward administrator, who would not condone any act of lawlessness.
It read: “That Otunba Ashiru bribed his way to emerge the APC consensus candidate in Ogun East smirks of nothing but fallacy. It is one mischief taken too far and, with due respect, an insult on the integrity and persons of the calibre of distinguished statesmen who conducted the screening.
“We wish the public to know and it is a well known fact that the incumbent governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, FCA, is a straightforward and impeccable character who would not condone any wrongdoing or controversy however minute. For Otunba Ashiru to be serving his second term in his cabinet is a testimony to his capability and competence . Without being immodest, Otunba Ashiru’s achievements are glaring and had even received accolades from critics. We do not need to dwell much on this.
“We wish to state for the umpteenth time that Otunba Ashiru does not see politics as a do-or-die affair but wish to seek people’s mandate to consolidate on the good works of the present administration and realise the dream of the founding fathers of Ogun State.
“We are not in anyway surprised by the unwarranted insinuations as we know the road will be rough and as well prepared for more to come. It is our belief that whoever comes to equity must come with clean hands and that is our cornerstone.
“The issue of Gov. Amosun’s successor rests on the wish of Almighty God and in Him, we trust.” the statement concluded
OBA as he is respectfully called, has been in the service of Ogun State under the present administration since inception, and is known to have contributed immensely to the development of the state, overseeing its revenue generation; a feat that has so far placed Ogun State in the map of rapidly developing states.
It would be recalled that Otunba Bimbo Ashiru was on November 17, 2017, unanimously selected as the consensus candidate for the Ogun East Senatorial district by prominent stakeholders of the zone.