Abeokuta – Otunba Rotimi Paseda, the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Ogun State, has assured traditional rulers in the state of his readiness to strengthen the traditional institution if elected in 2019.
Paseda, who stated this at the weekend during his state-wide tour to Igbesa where he met with Igbesa Council of Chiefs in Ado/Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, said the era, where the executive arm of government declined the traditional rulers’ involvement in policy making and implementation would become a thing of the past.
He maintained that, if elected as governor of the state in 2019, traditional rulers would no longer take instructions from Commissioner for Chieftaincy Affairs.
He noted that during the Western Region Government led by late Obafemi Awolowo, royal fathers played vital roles in policy making of governance.
The SDP governorship candidate, however, promised to improve the welfare of traditional institution in the state to enable them perform their role of building communal peace and harmony.
“The kings must not bend down for any governor. It is against Yoruba culture. It is only in Ogun State that our traditional rulers have been rubbished by the executive.
“As a Prince from Omu-Ijebu kingdom because I know how revered the traditional stool is; I promise you that, if I’m elected as governor in 2019, monarchs in the state will no longer take instructions from the commissioner for Chieftaincy affairs. Our royal fathers will no longer bend to greet the governor again.
“I want to return government to the Awolowo era where traditional rulers were given roles to play in policy making and implementation of the government. If we want our communities to develop, we must involve the monarchs in all government policies.”