….Says He Remain In APC For His Senatorial Ambition
ABEOKUTA – Crisis rocking the Ogun State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) took new twist as the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun on Monday declared his support for Hon. Adekunle Akinlade who recently defected from APC to Allied People’s Movement (APM).
Akinlade announced his defection from APC to APM following the announcement of Prince Dapo Abiodun as the party’s governorship candidate for the forthcoming governorship election in Ogun State by the party’s National Working Committee.
Amosun also vowed to give everything which God had blessed him with to work towards ensuring the electoral victory of the governorship candidate of Allied People’s Movement (APM), Hon. Abdulkabir Adekunle Akinlade.
The Governor made the declaration in Abeokuta, the State capital while addressing hundreds of his loyalists and supporters at the Presidential lodge.
Speaking at the meeting, Amosun, who blew hot over the manner at which the national leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) handled the disagreement generated by the outcome of the party primaries, explained that his anointed man, Akinlade had all his “blessings to pursue the mandate freely given to him” by the people of Ogun state on any platform of his choice.
But addressing his supporters, the Ogun governor said himself and his loyalists were ready to work for Akinlade as their governorship candidate in the forthcoming general election.
Amosun appealed to his loyalists to only cast their votes for Buhari in other to be part of the South West history that enthrones Buhari for a second term of office.
Amosun said whenever he would be going out on the field campaigning for Buhari, his loyalists and supporters should not mistake it to mean campaigning for any other governorship candidates other than Akinlade.
He said it is only by doing so that the leadership of his party would know that it is an injustice to subvert the wishes of the people, particularly as expressed in the APC governorship primary held last October 2, 2018.
He said rather than joining his supporters at their new party, APM, he remain in the All Progressives Congress for his senatorial ambition and to deliver Ogun State for President Muhammadu Buhari.
He therefore boosted to defeat any other candidates in the February 16 National Assembly election.
He said, “if we do the election one million times, I will win them. I am in APC because I’m going to run under the party. Yes, I am running for two reasons. One, we must ensure that President Buhari wins, and because we must make them know that whoever we choose will win because we are on ground.
“We would do everything humanly possible to make sure that President Muhammadu Buhari win in Ogun State massively in the coming election. But we are not supporting any other person for the governorship election apart from Hon. Abdulkabir Adekunle Akinlade.
“I am not going to hide under one finger to fight because only traitors will not take decisionat critical times. In this one, Akinlade has my full blessing to pursue that mandate the people freely gave him, so I am not going to stop him. In fact, I am going to give him everything that I have to that cause”.
Earlier in the day, the 26 aggrieved APC members loyal to the governor who allegedly won tickets for the State House of Assembly but were “denied”, announced their defection from the party to the APM.
The aggrieved politicians cited impunity within APC as reason for their defection to APM.
The defectors said they contested for the State House of Assembly primary conducted in the state last October 7 and declared winner the following day by the APC Committee responsible the task but shocked that their names were not listed as candidates by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Spokesperson of the group, Hon. Lamidi Musefiu Olatunji, who addressed a press conference in Abeokuta described the exclusion of their names in the INEC’s list as a “mystery”.
Olatunji also said that it was worrisome that people who were either defeated at the primary or didn’t participate at all, got the APC tickets for elections into the Ogun Assembly.
Olatunji, who explained that his group has chosen to move to APM as candidates for the State Assembly election in 2019 however, vowed to also ensure the governorship candidate of the party, Hon. Akinlade emerged victorious in the state.