The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi has expressed his readiness to withdraw his support for President Muhammadu Buhari and join critics of his administration should the slot of a proposed federal college of education in Osun State be taken away from his Iwo town.
Oba Akanbi said taking the proposed higher institution to a town other than Iwo was tantamount to betrayal of the unalloyed support he had given the government since ascending the throne in 2016.
He declared that he ranked top among a few traditional rulers in the country who publicly identified with President Buhari during what he described as his trying period, recalling how he had organised special prayer for improved health condition while President Buhari was recuperating in the United Kingdom.
Oba Akanbi said: “I am saying it with authority that I control the direction to which my people’s votes go during elections because my people love me with passion. They know I also love them with passion.
“So, they listen to me when election’s matter comes. They demonstrated this during the 2019 elections when we delivered bloc votes for the ruling government.”
“In other words, I can tell them to change their vote pattern, and they won’t look back. President should know that one good turn deserves another.
“The history is there to know that Iwo is home for the progressives. During the 1983 elections, my people stuck out their neck for Chief Bola Ige and lost some of them during the clash which followed. I am calling on Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Chief Bisi Akande, Ogbeni Rauf Aeregbesola and Governor Gboyega Oyetola to ensure justice is done on this matter and give my town the federal government college.”