The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has laid to rest the rumors that he plans to defect from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to another party on account of the recent primaries in the state.
Governor Amosun has described the rumors as a figment of the writers’ imaginations.
In a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Otunba Dayo Adeneye, Amosun stated that he will not decamp from the APC because he values President Buhari’s sense of judgement and justice.
Adeneye stated that “It is true that enormous pressure was brought to bear on Governor Amosun to move to another party because of the glaring injustice meted out to some party members at the recent primaries, but the governor maintained his stand that he would not decamp, especially on account of President Muhammadu Buhari, whose judgment and sense of justice, as the leader of the party, he cherishes and values immensely.”
Adeneye added, “For those who know Amosun over the years, his struggles are usually not about his own person but equity, justice and fairness for all, especially the downtrodden masses. President Buhari represents this spirit and Amosun will stand by him and with him in any party at all times and at all costs.”
This update comes amidst rumors following the gubernatorial primaries in Ogun State where the candidate endorsed by the governor failed to win the gubernatorial ticket.
The Ogun State chapter of the APC had been polarised following adoption of Adekunle Akinlade as a consensus governorship candidate by a faction led by Amosun.
The mode of primaries was also an issue of controversy within the party. While Amosun’s faction moved for an indirect mode, aspirants vying for the party’s gubernatorial ticket rejected the indirect primary mode and they were supported by the National Working Committee (NWC).
Two primaries were eventually conducted. The first established Akindele as the winner of the primaries, however, the results were rescinded by the Adams Oshiomhole led national exco.
A second election held across 236 wards which saw Dapo Abiodun as the winner and the results were upheld.