A major crisis has reared its head in the Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, said on Thursday, that he is not prepared to worked with or for the party’s governorship candidate in the 2019 election.
Amosun debunked insinuation Wednesday that he was quitting the party.
However, going by a statement on Thursday by Otunba Dayo Adeneye,
State Commissioner of Information & Strategy, he is to work against the party from within.
He vowed not support the person recognised by his party’s headquarters as the Ogun APC governorship candidate.
Two separate governorship primaries were held in Ogun by different factions of the party. While the faction loyal to Amosun adopted Adekunle Akinlade as its consensus candidate, the primary committee sent by the APC headquarters in Abuja conducted a primary that produced Dapo Abiodun as the candidate.
Abiodun’s name is expected to be submitted by the APC headquarters as the party’s candidate.
Amosun in a statement on Thursday, tittles: My Position on Ogun APC Governorship, said he would not recognise or support Abiodun.
He said: “The Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, has followed with deep reflection and consternation, the false and embarrassing reports in some sections of the media, that he had been prevailed upon by some party leaders in the state to support the purported emergence of Dapo Abiodun as the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“The malicious allegations would have been ignored, but for the general interest of the public and the good people of Ogun State.
“Those behind the unfounded rumours are doing so to heat up the polity ahead of the 2019 general elections. They are doing it on behalf of their paymasters for cheap political motives. It has become a routine of many political jobbers in Ogun State”, he added.
“There are no slaves in Ogun State as insinuated by some aggrieved politicians. Everyone under our watch is free born and the Amosun administration will continue to defend the freedom of the masses and work for the socio-economic advancement of the state till our last day in office.
“You don’t have to be seen to discredit a government with sterling achievements, in order to advance your own selfish ambition, or make wild, inflammatory and seditious comments that have no foundation.
“You don’t also create artificial tension and insecurity in order to advance your cause, without the thought of the economic consequences to the state and welfare of the masses. This is not the right way to play politics,” he intoned.
The statement concluded that “politicians who know their onions and enjoy grassroots’ support fight their political battles on the electoral field rather than recourse to cheap blackmail and propagation of falsehood.”