The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, has explained why he directed his subjects and all residents of his town to vote for the incumbent Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, in the July 16 governorship poll.
Speaking to Newsmen, Oba Akanbi said he gave the directive in the interest of his town, with the hope that if Oyetola got reelected, Iwo can work towards producing his successor in 2026.
“If you want to define politics, it can mean the administration of a town. If that is correct, then traditional rulers are the real politicians. However, what a king is more concerned about is whatever is in the best interests of his people. That is beyond political party matters.
“In Osun West Senatorial District, we are the only town being marginalised. If anyone from Osun West becomes the governor now, that means it won’t be the turn of Iwo in 2026.
“I am in the position to tell my people that we should not lose the chance to produce a governor in the nearest future. My people should re-elect Oyetola so that we can have a chance at the governorship.
“It is an ‘Iwo lokan project’. We started it a few years back, but we have yet to achieve it. But the dream is not dying. I am not looking at the interest of any party, but that of my people, and my people come first. It is Iwo first,” Oluwo added.