An All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Alhaji Ganiyu Kolajo Oseni, has strongly warned against the imposition of candidate in the race for the governorship position of Lagos State in 2015, reminding the party of the late Femi Agbalajobi/ Dapo Sarumi saga which produced an opposition candidate, the late Sir Michael Otedola as the democratically elected governor of the state in 1991.
Oseni during an interview with P.M NEWS at his Osborne Offshore, Ikoyi, Lagos residence, said, “it’s very hallucinating, agonising, painful and very shameful for anybody to have made the categorical pronouncement that there must be a Christian governor”.
He not only called for a level playing ground among the aspirants, he also assured that whoever emerged the party’s candidate in a level playing party primary will be supported as its flag bearer at the polls.
Alhaji Oseni, a very experienced grassroots politician, said there is no superman in politics, adding what is currently going on in the state are political shenanigans, tricks and manipulations.
“There is a clear cut between the church and the state. There is difference between the church and state. Can anybody go to Abia, Imo, Anambra, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River states and say there must be a Muslim candidate. Democracy is a government of the people by the people and for the people. You cant go to Zamfara, Katsina, Kano and Jigawa states and say there must be a Christian governor. You can’t go to Ondo and Ekiti states and say there must be a Muslim governor, even in Osun.
“Why are we mixing Lagos State and the church? it is never done. Let everybody go to the primaries whoever wins, so be it. Let the people decide for themselves who they want. We are playing with fire and we don’t want religious war in the state. Therefore, it’s very hallucinating, agonising, painful and very shameful for anybody to have made that pronouncement. Jesus Christ was clear on it, when they asked him must we pay dues to Cesar, Christ said give to God what is God and give to Cesar what is Cesar. That is the separation of the church from the state.
“If the primary is done and a Christian emerges good luck, if Muslim emerges good luck. We don’t want religious war in Lagos, so whoever is saying this should shut up and I mean shut up! Let everybody go to primary if a Muslim emerges so let it be, if a Christian emerges so shall it be. My Qurian tells me, there’s no compulsion in religion. What the constitution of the party says is that let everybody go to primaries.
“It is not right for anybody to come out and say a Christian must be the governor. There is a verse in the Bible which says fear God. Let me tell you something about me, I read Bible a lot. If you go to Psalm 118 verse 8, it says put your confidence in God, put your trust in God do not put your confidence in man, who knows who will do the best for the state? if you say it’s a Christian and it is the other way round and if you say it is a Muslim and it is the other way round too. What will you now do?
“So why don’t we leave it to God to judge? Why are we bothering ourselves? Did you know why we all come to this world, did we know? Who knows when he will die and who knows whether he will be here in 2015? Who knows whether I will be here in the next hour? The Bible says a house divided against itself shall never stand”.
He condemned the inclusion of religion and ethnicity into Lagos State politics, adding nobody is privileged to know the outcome of the magnitude of problem crisis emanating from this particular controversy will bring.
“I am very, very, very disturb that people are bringing religion into politics. They know the beginning of the issues but nobody knows the end. Deep down in me, I don’t believe in imposition. The choice must be for the people,” he said.