Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, are two of the high profile dignitaries expected to grace this year grand finale of Yewa Traditional Festival, Ogun State.
The chairman of the Central Organising Committee, Yewa Festival 2014, Otunba Akeem Adigun, gave the hint in Ilaro, the Headquarters of Yewa South Local Government.
Yewa traditional Festival was initiated by the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle, as a yearly event to forge stronger unity of Yewa people at home and abroad.
At a press conference held to herald the commencement of the cultural event, Adigun said the duo of Speaker Tambuwal and former Governor of Lagos State have been duly invited and expressed the hope that they would honour Yewa sons and daughters with their presence.
Adigun also disclosed that a proposal by the people of the area to effect a name change from Egbado to Yewa has been submitted to the National Assembly where the document has passed through first and second reading with the final stage being awaited.
He explained this is to ensure that the name “Yewa” is reflected in the nation’s constitution and political delineation of the area as against their previous name “Egbado” that still remain in the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He said: “it has gone through the first and second reading and it has been passed and we are only waiting for the third version.”
The Lagos – based Freight Forwarder, who addressed the press in conjunction with some monarchs and chiefs from Yewa, also hinted that in the forthcoming general elections, a “son or daughter” from the area would vie for the office of the President in the 2015 as they are now united to achieve a common purpose.
He noted that though “back-biting and mudslinging” had robbed them of many chances of producing a Governor since the creation of the state, but said the phenomenon is neither “peculiar to Yewa people” nor be allowed to hinder them from going for the office of the Presidency in 2015.
Although Adigun did not name such Yewa son or daughter that could contest for the office of the President, or the political platform the ambition should be pursued, but said this time around, nobody should deprive them of the right to seek any elective office in the land.
”Well, as far as Yewa are concerned, we are united. There are no people in the whole world where there are no back – biting and mudslinging. It is not peculiar to us as a Yewa people. But when it comes to our general interest, we are united and we are one people.
“Now on the issue of politics, Yewa’s sons and daughters are qualified to vie for any point in time to contest for any position and I think nobody should deprive them (us) of that right.
“So, I can assure you that even ad we go along, people are interested in contesting for any position, be it the governorship or any position for that matter, some would even contest for the post of President because we are qualified.
“I have told you that Yewa would exercise that constitutional right to contest for any position at any point in time. And 2015 is a point in time.”