Days after his suspension by the All Progressives Congress (APC), the governor of Ogun state, Ibikunle Amosun, was hosted at the State House in Abuja by President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday afternoon.
Backstory: His visit to Abuja is coming days after he openly took to the streets to campaign against the APC for the governorship election slated for this Saturday. Governor Amosun has openly campaigned for Adekunle Akinlade, Ogun governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM). Amosun was suspended alongside his Imo State counterpart, Rochas Okorocha, on Friday for “anti-party activities”.
His visit to the State House was disclosed by Bashir Ahmad, the president’s new media assistant, via a tweet that read: “Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State visits President @MBuhari this afternoon at the State House, Abuja.”
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) March 3, 2019
The APC also recently suspended the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, and the Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu for anti-party activities.
Bottom Line: All eyes will be on the APC to see how it handles this situation. Backing the governorship candidate of another party when your party is fielding its own candidate is the clearest case of anti-party activity imaginable.
Why it matters: Amosun is one of Buhari’s oldest allies. they both belonged to the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) on which platform they both ran unsuccessful campaign for president and governor. Amosun’s stock in the South West increased in the early years of Buhari’s presidency when APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, was being frozen by the president. However in recent months, the Tinubu wing of the party has been on the ascendancy with Tinubu serving as co-chair of Buhari’s reelection campaign council.
Some responses to the suspensions: Gov. Amosun is yet to publicly speak on the matter, but here are some responses: