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“You’re my dancing partner but focus on governing” — Obasanjo tells Adeleke



Former President Olusegun Obasanjo recently referred to Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun as his “dancing partner.”

Obasanjo made this comment during the inauguration of a VIP lodge in Osun Government House.

Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo

He encouraged Adeleke to keep dancing but also to focus on governing the state with honesty and integrity.

Obasanjo also praised Adeleke’s efforts in developing Osun and urged him to continue working on projects that benefit the people.

Obasanjo made the remark at the inauguration of a VIP lodge in Osun Government House, on Sunday in Osogbo.

He, however, told Adeleke, who is usually referred to as the “dancing governor”, to focus on governing the state and do so with honesty and integrity.

“You remember that at one time I phoned you; I told you I didn’t have problems with your dancing. I said, ‘don’t leave dancing, but as you are dancing, ensure you are working’.

“Some people once despise you as just a dancer, but I said only happy people dance; you are my dancing partner.

“You have to be honest with your conscience, with the people and with your God.

“You have to be a man of character. Let people say ‘when he sees opportunity to dance, he will dance, but he is a man of integrity, he is honest and works hard. It is very important.

“Anywhere we meet, we would dance and rejoice, if anybody wants to abuse us, they should go ahead,” he said.

 Obsanjo also commended Adeleke on his developmental programmes in Osun.

According to him, what he heard and saw since his arrival in the state was a testimony to the good work the governor was doing.

 “You are working on roads, don’t joke with it because when we make necessary provision for the people to have jobs, the state will work.

“Many Yoruba people want to work, but what is impeding that is the road to ply.

“When we provide wherewithal for them, they would work. I will plead with you to continue with that.

“You said government is a continuum and that all the abandoned projects are being completed.  God will make it good for you,” he said

In his remarks, Adeleke said that his administration would continue to ensure that laudable projects were completed for the common use of the people.

The governor, who noted that the VIP lodge was started by the APC government, said that he completed it due to his belief that public infrastructure should not be politicised.

“We assure all lovers of good governance that our administration is passionate about delivering on quality pro-peole policies for the benefit of all residents of the state,” he said.


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