Tied to daddy’s strings! Ladi Adebutu seeks father’s blessing for Ogun governorship seat
A bull has the greatest influence on its own dunghill. In the same vein, a covetous politician seeks power where his name and his deeds excite the loudest cheer. Little wonder Ladi Adebutu, the son of Chief Kessington Adebutu, carves his path to power the aided by the blade of a sturdy benefactor. Among the ruling class of Ogun state in particular, many believe that the governorship position should be held by a candidate who is man enough to dig a fresh fount, not the one who continually draws from estuaries dug by his father.
Although we are still in 2016, the quest for the 2019 general elections has already begun as politicians and men with ambition are secretly and openly declaring their intentions. Hon. Ladi Adebutu, son of popular billionaire, Chief Kensington Adebutu, is one of such men. Ladi intends to contest the governorship election in Ogun state come 2019. Already, Ladi has a contender for the post in Senator Kashamu Buruji. The two law makers representing Ogun state at the National Assembly intend to govern the state come 2019.
Even though they belong to the same party and they both hail from the same area in the Ijebu axis of the state, Ladi and Kashamu are not ready to back down for each other. While Kashamu is banking on his wide influence in the politics of the state, Ladi is banking on the wealth of his father as well as the support of former governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, who is a strong associate of Chief Kensington Adebutu. Though the Adebutus are known to be from Iperu, in Remo area of the state, it was gathered that Ladi would be flying his ticket from Odogbolu, since the zoning formula won’t favour Iperu Remo in 2019.
Pundits however believe that despite Ladi’s present status as the Chairman, House Committee on Rural Development, he does not have the guts and outstanding track record to lead a sophisticated state like Ogun. He reportedly depends on the clout and wealth of his father to actualise his ambition. That is why the political power blocs in the state are wary of throwing their weight behind him. They do not like the way he brags about the wealth of his father, “That is a major put-off,” according to a highly placed politician in the state.