2019: I will work for Buhari in Ogun, but don’t miss it, I will not support your governorship candidate, Governor Amosun tells Tinubu, Osoba

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Governor of Ogun State and APC Senatorial Candidate for Ogun Central in February 2019 National Assembly election, Ibikunle Amosun

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* How Amosun’s Plan B will be achieved

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“When these people came, they told me they are leaving the APC, I said ‘no’ but I couldn’t stop them. In fact, Akinlade has my full support. I am not going to stop him, everything I have I will use to support him. Let them try whatever they want to try, we also have our strategies and I am not going to hide behind one finger…Everyday, I will campaign for President Muhammdu Buhari, we will do everything possible to ensure Buhari wins massively in Ogun, but they should not miss it.  I, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, will not support anyone they are bringing,” the governor said.

 

The still aggrieved Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has threatened to work against the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Candidate in the 2019 election, Mr. Dapo Abiodun.

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Amosun, who is listed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as Senatorial Candidate for Ogun Central in the 2019 National Assembly elections, made the threat on Monday at a stakeholders meeting of the APC which was attended by his preferred governorship candidate and the alleged flagbearer of Allied Peoples Movement (APM) Hon. Abdulkabir Adekunle Akinlade, adding however that he would remain in APC and successfully deliver Ogun State for President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential elections.

Amosun also assured that he would not just remain in APC but that, while ensuring that President Buhari wins the presidential election, he would also contest the Ogun Central senatorial election on the platform of the party but would be disinclined to support the party for the governorship.

The Ogun State governor’s declaration came just as 26 aggrieved candidates of the APC loyal to him announced their defection to the APM.

He said he had tried his best to stop the defection of Mr. Akinlade and other aggrieved candidates.

Recall Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu also said recently that he had tried his best to stop the actions of Lagos State APC stakeholders from moving against Governor of the state Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, which analytically has been proved to be that Amosun’s inability to stop defections of aggrieved members in Ogun State reflect the wind of change that greeted the controversies that trailed the alleged lopsidedness of the APC primaries, recently.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun, however, vowed to use everything within his capacity to ensure the success of Hon. Akinlade and other aggrieved members in their new party.

“When these people came, they told me they are leaving the APC, I said ‘no’ but I couldn’t stop them. In fact, Akinlade has my full support.

“I am not going to stop him, everything I have I will use to support him. Let them try whatever they want to try, we also have our strategies and I am not going to hide behind one finger,” the governor said.

Akinlade won the governorship primary of the APC conducted by the party in the state. However, a panel sent by the headquarters of the party conducted a separate primary which produced Dapo Abiodun.

Mr. Abiodun is the favoured candidate of former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and his former Ogun State counterpart, Chief Olusegun Osoba. Both men have been accused by Governor Amosun of trying to hijack the party in Ogun and the South West.

On Monday, Governor Amosun vowed that he would never support Mr. Abiodun’s governorship ambition.

“I remain in APC because that’s what those people want, they want us to leave APC but they are joking.

“I will stay in APC to ensure that Buhari wins in Ogun State and to let them know that they can’t subvert the will of the state.

“Everyday, I will campaign for President Muhammdu Buhari, we will do everything possible to ensure Buhari wins massively in Ogun, but they should not miss it.

“I, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, will not support anyone they are bringing,” he said.

Amosun, who vowed to resist rigging in the state, also pledged to check violence in the electoral process.

The governor’s declaration on Monday puts paid to moves by the APC to resolve its post-primaries crisis in Ogun.

Although Mr Amosun did not reveal the “strategy” he plans to use to support his party in some elections and work against it in others, the current schedule of the elections may work in his favour.

How Amosun’s Plan B will be achieved

Presidential and National Assembly elections hold first on February 14, which would allow Amosun campaign for himself and President Buhari under the APC.  He could then commence campaigns for the APM for the governorship election two weeks later.

The governor has also blamed the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, for the crisis in the APC and is believed to be among those demanding Comrade Oshiomhole’s exit as chairman.


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