Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has stated that he is not an emperor. His statement is coming as a shaded on the former governor of Lagos State and presidential hopeful, Bola Tinubu, who referred to him as “Eleeyi,” a Yoruba term that loosely translates to “this one.”
While speaking to Ogun State delegates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abeokuta on Thursday, Tinubu had expressed displeasure with Abiodun who has since backed the presidential aspiration of Yemi Osibanjo, Nigeria’s vice president, who is from Ogun State.
Tinubu, who also expressed dissatisfaction with President Muhammadu Buhari’s seeming unwillingness to back his presidential ambition, while also noting that the former head of state would not have become president in 2015 if not for his support, remarked that Abiodun could not have become governor in 2019 without his support.
The national leader of the APC, who was obviously expressing his disappointment with what he evidently perceived to be Abiodun’s betrayal had referred to him as “This One.”
In measured response, Abiodun, however, noted that he is not an emperor and does not aspire to be one, but only holds the post of governor in the trust of his people.
The Ogun governor wrote via his Twitter handle, @dabiodunMFR, on Friday:
I am not an emperor by any chance and this is not my family inheritance.
I am holding this position in trust for all the people of this state and I have vowed to be fair, just and equitable and this is the solemn agreement I made between the Almighty God and myself.”