Amosun set to dump the APC: Media reports

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Following the APC governorship primary in Ogun State in which Ibikunle Amosun’s candidate lost out, media reports indicate that the governor might be on his way out of the party.

The New Telegraph reported that barring any last minute changes, Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, and his loyalists in the All Progressives Congress (APC) will dump the ruling party.

Their imminent exit from the APC was as a result of the alleged refusal of the party’s national leadership to uphold the candidacy of the governor’s preferred candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, for the 2019 governorship election.

According to reports, the meeting preparatory to Amosun’s defection was held on Wednesday night at his private residence located at Ibara GRA, Abeokuta.

In attendance at the meeting were APC members from the 20 local government areas of the state, who were loyal to the governor, as well as top government functionaries in the state.

Corroborating the story, the Daily Post also reported that  Amosun, had threatened to dump the All Progressives Congress, APC during a meeting with some party leaders and his loyalists across the 20 local government areas of the state held at his private residence located inside Ibara GRA, Abeokuta.

The Governor said, “If the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party fails to uphold the candidacy” of his anointed governorship candidate, Abdul-Kabir Adekunle Akinlade, he “will leave.”

The state chapter of APC had been engulfed in crisis following the adoption of an oil magnate, Prince Dapo Abiodun, as the party’s gubernatorial candidate for 2019 as against Amosun’s choice.

A highly placed source, who was present at the meeting on Wednesday night, confirmed the plan to pull out of the APC.

According to the source, Amosun briefed his loyalists on the outcome of his meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari as well as the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, which were not favourable.

The party chieftain said that Amosun informed them that “rather than the NWC iron out the issue of the governorship, he (Amosun) was asked to share the national and state assemblies tickets with certain group of individuals, who, according to him, did not participate in both the governorship and legislative primaries.”

He added that “the governor berated those he termed ‘Abujaconnection APC, for standing rules of the primary election on its head and produced Abiodun as the party’s candidate instead of Akinlade, who emerged through a direct primary.”

The party chieftain said Amosun “made it clear that he could not work with Abiodun, who he said lacked the wherewithal to win a senatorial district, let alone the whole of Ogun State, insisting he would rather bid APC goodbye rather than accept his candidacy.”

He added that the Governor was silent on the choice of the party, but made it clear that he would never defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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