Ahead of the 2015 general election, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, on Friday said he would do everything within his power to settle the rift between him and a former governor of the state, Aremo Olusegun Osoba.
He also appealed to the elders and people of Ogun State to help him beg the ex–governor for forgiveness if he has done anything wrong.
Amosun said he is neither in “competition with Osoba” whom he called his “leader” or anybody, adding that he would continue to accord him utmost respect that he deserves.
The Governor, who spoke during a live programme of the Abeokuta – based Rock-City 101.9 FM radio station and monitored by our correspondent, said the office of governor is temporary, adding that he has come to develop the state and then leave a legacy that would outlive him.
Amosun, who is interested in running for second term, acknowledged that he is not ignorant of the fact that no politician would want to go into an election year with a divided house or in atmosphere of division and acrimony as such rarely benefitted anybody.
He said the state’s debt profile which stood at about N40 billion last month, has reduced to N36 billion, adding that the state is not owing N300 billion as reported by “mischievous persons”, who he said are out to pull wool over the eyes of residents and friends of the state.
He said: “The opposition said we have borrowed over N300 billion to finance our projects, they are just liars, no bank in Nigeria can lend any government more than N25 billion. What they don’t know is we have increased our Internally Generated Revenue to more than N5 billion monthly from the N730 million we met”.