Aside from the gap created between the governor and the leadership of ACN in Ogun State during the selection of political appointees where he schemed them out of his decision and failed to appoint many of the party members but his friends and associates outside the party that brought him into power, SIA has also created a big gap between himself and few ACN members in his cabinet. Not only this, his selection of the chairmen of local governments did not go down well with the leadership of the party but it had to stomach his excesses just to let peace reign in the Gateway State.
It is no more a news that his second in command, Prince Segun Adesegun whom the governor believes is ex-Governor Osoba ‘s political son has been relegated to the backseat in the scheme of things as regards the running of the state. Sources close to the government hinted Global News that on several occasions, the deputy governor would get to know of the governor’s movement from either the SSG or other junior political apprentices.
The cat and mouse-like relationship between the governor and his deputy has taken another dimension to the level where the governor would ask the deputy not to send request files through any of his aides but bring them by himself. A case is when the deputy governor sent the list of his nominees for the Christian pilgrimage to Jerusalem was sent to the governor. Gathered that instead for the governor to treat the file, he requested to know who brought the file and when he was told that the deputy governor sent it, he allegedly flung the file away and told his men that when he was ready he would bring the file himself.
It is not only the deputy governor who is tasting the arrogance of Ibikunle Amosun who is fast turning himself to an “emperor”, the newly sworn-in local government chairmen are also having a dose of SIA’s bitter pills. Shortly after their assumption of duty three months ago they discovered that were short-changed in their monthly allocation and an attempt to question these anomalies got the ire of the ever aggressive SIA who told them that they were bunch of ungrateful people and that in a normal setting none among them would ever be in the position they are today if not for him. He also told them to look inwards for alternative revenue generation sources. Global News learnt the council executives are yet to get out of the rude shock from the reply they got from the governor.
The governor’s fire-brigade approach to every issue coupled with his sole decision making is creating a wide gap between him and the people of Ogun State hence the drastic reduction in his once popularity. The event that took place at the burial ceremony of the Seriki of Egba land, late Lateef Adegbite who was the secretary-general of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs was a pointer to the fact that the governor is no more in control of things in Ogun State. Both the governor who was the chief mourner at the occasion and his protocols were beaten to their game at the burial. A frontline Egba politician and ex-minister of the federation tactically and diplomatically took over the role of the chief host from Amosun and his protocols without any hitch as he received and hosted the VIPs at the occasion that included the former president Olusegun Obasanjo, ex-head of Interim National Council Ernest Shonekan, former Ogun State governor Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Governor Raji Fashola of Lagos State among others.
Sources at the occasion said rather than associating with the guests and VIPs, Governor Amosun kept a long distance from them and at a time he was said to have shouted angrily on the protocol officers for allowing most of the VIPs including Fashola to go and join others at the reception room. All these are pointer to what the year 2014 and 2015 portend for the political party and the next general election in Ogun State.