By Chioma Uwakwe
The Eko Foundation, an umbrella body for groups of indigenes of Lagos State has asked all Ogun State indigenes occupying political office in Lagos to resigns and return to their state.
The group gave the order in reaction to the recent statement by Governor Ibikunle Amosun that no ‘foreigner’ would succeed him after the completion of his tenure in 2019.
Speaking at a press conference at the weekend, President of Eko Foundation, Professor Imran Oluwole Smith (SAN) expressed shock that Governor Amosun would make such statement considering that fact that Ogun State indigenes are occupying key political positions in Lagos State.
Prof Smith said that in light of Governor Amosun declaration, all Ogun State indigenes occupying political office in Lagos must quit the positions they are currently occupying and return to their state.
Lambasting the governor for his insensitive statement, Prof Smith said: “Whilst Eko Foundation notes with dismay and is horrified by this reckless pronouncement by Senator Ibikunle Amosun, we are gratified by his candour And veracity.
“ It is a truism that what is sauce for the goose, should also be sauce for the gander. Several indigenes of Ogun State have contested and won elections in Lagos state since the beginning of the present political dispensation. A good example is Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora who is an indigene of Ijebu Ife in Ogun state. He rose politically to become the Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly and represented Lagos State in the Senate.
“No one called him “atounrinwa” foreigner as alluded to by the governor of his native state of origin.
“The Ogun State ‘omoatounrinwas’ should heed the call of their governor and return to Ogun state to contest elections. We, the indigenes of Lagos State know ourselves and we have amongst others several competent hands and eminently qualified to assume political offices in our state.”