Amosun In Trouble As Loyalists Abandon Him, Pledge Support For Dapo Abiodun

Members of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State have alleged the Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, of intimidation, insensitivity and anti-democratic tendencies in other to force them to Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), ahead of the 2019 guber elections in the state.

They claimed that Governor Amosun has, at various times, threatened to deal with those that are not ready to decamp with him to another party

According to an insider, many Chairmen, Commisioners and other party loyalists have vowed to remain in All Progressives Congress (APC) to join force with APC gubernatorial candidate, Dapo Abiodun ahead of the 2019 general elections.

However, a source informed that Amosun is coercing people, including his known loyalists to abandon APC and decamps to DPP by this weekend. A new text message sent out by the Director of Local Government Administration through her whatsapp number +234 803 715 1815 reads:

”COMPULSORY STAKEHOLDERS MEETING AT YOUR LG/LCDA

The HC for LG&CA has directed that all Chairmen of LG/LCDA should initiate a familiarization meeting with all the stakeholders in their various LG/LCDA, the pictorial evidence of the meeting should be make available on request. All LG/LCDA should ensure that this meeting are held on or before Wednesday 14/11/2018 and submit the situation report to the ALGON Chairman, Hon Folarin.

The stakeholders to includes:

Vice Chairman, SLG, Councillors, CAC Members, Ward Chairmen, the concerned / Leaders

Agenda to Includes:
1. Briefs on political situation to reassured stakeholders of His Excellency’s Firm Stands on the development of Ogun State

2. Encourage all to remain steadfast, both executives and legislatives should continue to attend to the task of governance.

3. Any other matters”

A top politician in the state, who refused to be named for fear of retributive actions, said that he believed the governor “is actually taking the joke too far. He is crying when the head is already off”.

According to him ” As a ward Chairman of APC, should i join the little known Democratic Peoples Party (DPP)and start all over again? SIA is joking.”

“Our governor wants somebody that will do his bidding and he knows, he won’t get that from all of us.”

”It is laughable, unrealistic and retrogressive and it is the people of the state, that would bear the consequences of his actions. it reminds me of OGD case of 2011? he said

It would be recalled that Governor Amosun, while addressing party members on October 1, 2018 at Mitros Hall Abeokuta, threatened to stop the salaries of councilors said to be supporting his “opponents” within the party: “we learnt some of our councilors are supporting them, it is because we are still paying their salaries. When we stop their salaries, they will stop supporting them.”

The request for video evidence of the proposed stakeholders meeting, is a device by Governor Amosun to mark those Council Chairmen that may not want to ordinarily call such meeting ng and to also track functionaries that may boycott the said meeting.

It could be recalled that the last time a similar stakeholders meeting was directed was over a year ago when the LG/LCDA Administrations commemorated one year in office.

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Obasanjo Picks The Next Governor To Succeed Amosun

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has declared  that the next governor of  Ogun State will be the  governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress, Gboyega Isiaka.

He said this on Saturday when leaders of the state ADC formally presented Isiaka and his running mate, Mrs Olabisi Okeowo-Bolade, to him at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.

He said this on Saturday when leaders of the state ADC formally presented Isiaka and his running mate, Mrs Olabisi Okeowo-Bolade, to him at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.

Obasanjo, who described Isiaka as a “good, credible and worthy candidate” to govern the state in 2019, said he believed in him to succeed the incumbent governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

The Chairman of the ADC in the state, Dr Gbolade Osinowo, presented the candidates for Senate, House of Representatives and state House of Assembly of the party to the former president.

Obasanjo said the Ogun West zone must be allowed to produce the next governor in 2019 in the spirit of equity, fairness and justice.

He said, “I am happy that today, you are presenting to me a candidate of the party and a candidate who is worthy of being a candidate. What do you expect me to say if not to say this is my son in whom I am well pleased? He is a man who has ears and he listens. When he gets there, he will be grateful.

“You don’t have to leave any stone unturned. You may have somebody who is opposed to you. That is normal. But you have no enemy because you need all hands on deck to do what needs to be done in this state when you become the governor.

“Don’t quarrel or fight with anybody. You have what others will envy. Wherever I go, I will say the ADC in Ogun State has a good and credible product. Just give it a try and you will be pleasantly surprised.

Earlier in his address, the state ADC chairman said the ruling All Progressives Congress and opposition Peoples Democratic Party had failed the state, adding that they were currently divided and could not guarantee good and purposeful governance.

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Great Tension In APC As Oshiomhole Jets Back To Nigeria, Makes A Quick Stopover, Meets With Tinubu, Ready For Okorocha And Amosun

The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, is on his way back to Nigeria, from the United Kingdom, UK, where he stopped over from the United States, US.

Recall, that the APC National Chairman travelled out of the country, after he was quizzed by Operatives of the Department of State Security Services, DSS, over allegations of collecting bribe during his party’s primary elections.

Post-Nigeria had reported that Oshiomhole was detained for 9-hours by the DSS, on Sunday, before leaving for the US.

It was learnt that Oshiomhole arrived London from the United States, on Thursday, where he met with Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the APC.

He departed London for Lagos, with British Airways, on Friday morning.

He was originally scheduled to return to Nigeria on Sunday, but had to cut his trip short, because of the speculations on his ordeal with the DSS, and also to shut down reports that he fled the country over the matter.

The former President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, is at loggerheads with some APC Governors, over the manner in which the party’s primaries played out.

The aggrieved Governors, including Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, and Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, failed to get the Gubernatorial tickets of the APC in their respective States, for their preferred Candidates. This has led to a major crisis within the APC.

It Wasn’t Me!!! Governor Amosun Breaks Silence On Oshiomole Alleged Detention

Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has dismissed rumours that he and Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo are behind the alleged detention and grilling of All Progressives Congress(APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole.

Oshiomhole was reportedly detained and questioned on Nov. 4 by the Department of State Services (DSS) over the fallout of the APC primaries.

Speaking with State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday at the Presidential Villa, Amosun said he did not have such capacity.

“I think you are giving me an oversight role.

“I am not a security person; so, clearly, that question will probably not be for me.

“I don’t hide under a finger and fight; if there is need for me to put my views across, you know by now, I will do it.”

The governor, who sounded evasive, said that all that needed to be said about the APC crisis had been said; hence no need to sound like `a broken gammaphone’.

He said it was not true that he was having problem with the leadership of the party.

It would be realled that three APC governors — Okorocha, Amosun and Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara have been at loggerheads with Oshiomhole over the outcome of the party’s primaries.

After A Major Betrayal, Gov. Amosun Delivers His Final Words On Oshiomhole

Ibikunle Amosun, governor of Ogun state, says he is not behind the troubles of  Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), by the Department of State Services (DSS).
We earlier reported that Oshiomhole was detained and quizzed by the DSS after some APC governors alleged that he received bribes during the party’s primary elections.
The APC chairman was pressured to resign during the interrogation. He reportedly travelled out of the country after his encounter with the secret police.
Amosun fell out with the leadership of the party after it chose Dapo Abiodun as his state’s gubernatorial candidate. The governor’s preferred candidate is Abiodun Akinlade.
Speaking with journalists at the presidential villa after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, Amosun said he does not “have to hide under a finger to fight” anyone.
“I think you are probably giving me an oversight role and I am not a security person, so clearly I think that question will not be for me. I don’t have to hide under a finger to fight,” the governor said.
“If there is need for me to put my views across, you know me by now that I will do it.”
When asked to comment on Oshiomohole’s reported trip out of the country, the governor said he is “not well suited” to respond to such a question.
“I have told you those things are beyond my pedigree and you are asking me questions that I am not well suited for,” Amosun said.
“The one that I have to talk about we have said it loud and clear that it doesn’t event need add anything.”

Oshiomhole Fires back, Points Accusing Finger At Rochas, Amosun

The request of Imo State representative, Chief Rochas Okorocha and his Ogun State partner on handling their choice candidate as governorship flag bearers in their particular states regardless of the situation of the All Progressives Party, APC, at long last met a block divider yesterday with the gathering’s refusal to perceive their applicants. In particular, the gathering’s choice for all intents and purposes managed a mortal hit to the conspiring and pony exchanging over the assurance of the governors to guarantee that their hopefuls were given the tickets to challenge governorship decisions in Imo and Ogun states.

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In the meantime, the APC rejected the choice of the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, banning it from having a governorship candidate in  Zamfara State over the inability to meet the due date for the accommodation of hopefuls’ names.The gathering said the position of the appointive umpire was a demonstration of disappointment, went for granting the governorship position in the state to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. These positions which appeared the highpoints of the aftermath of the gathering’s governorship primaries the nation over were taken yesterday in Abuja.

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Tending to newsmen to that impact, APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said the gathering would not twist its standards for the individual enthusiasm of some gathering individuals. Oshiomhole, who talked on the antagonistic results of its primaries in Imo, Ogun, Rivers and Zamfara states, said the APC would comply with a Supreme Court judgment on Rivers State.

He included that measures would be set up for crisp congresses over the state.. The APC National Chairman particularly said Okorocha and Amosun were set on handling their decision applicants to the detriment of the gathering’s constitution. The pair had as of late blamed Oshiomhole for being in charge of the emergency in the gathering.Waterways: We will comply with Supreme Court arrange

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His words: “On the judgment given by the Supreme Court, as a political gathering, we regard the legal. We additionally welcome that vote based system is fundamentally about the standard of law and not the standard of might. In light of this reality, which is anything but a decision, we are obliged to regard the standard of law and at the core of that is add up to dutifulness to the letters and the soul of legal discoveries which are not intended to be advantageous. In a vote based system, there are orders that should be complied.

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In this manner, the judgment of the Supreme Court is evident that the court has invalidated the ward congresses that were finished by my forerunner in Rivers State and furthermore invalidated the state and neighborhood government congresses that were done in the state. What is essential is that as things stand, the most elevated court in the land has articulated that those congresses did not meet the necessities of the law and are in this manner not legitimate. As a reputable gathering, we acknowledge the choice of the court and we will assemble a conference in no inaccessible fate of the considerable number of partners in Rivers State to set up the important hardware to lead new ward, neighborhood government, and state congresses.

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“In the APC Constitution, the main body approved to direct primaries is the NWC of which I am special to be the executive however there are forms that must be pursued before this activity is made a probability. Our National Executive Committee NEC met and chose to summon the pertinent parts of our constitution which in addition to other things enable us to lead either immediate or roundabout primaries in which each card-conveying individual from our gathering is qualified for vote.

“On account of Ogun state, Governor Ibikunle Amosun like some other representative assembled a gathering of the State Executive Committee SEC as coordinated by NEC and those gatherings were intended to incorporate the SEC individuals as well as basic partners with the end goal of primaries. There can be no doubt that any individual who is remaining for a decision is clearly a partner in the process especially when the issue on the plan is the manner by which to lead the primaries. What’s more, with the end goal to guarantee straightforwardness simultaneously, the NEC likewise settled that when a state selected any of the alternatives, the state official is obliged to guarantee that dominant part of the individuals sign the goals and not only a couple for the benefit of the others.

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“Amosun assembled a gathering that considerably met the prerequisites as settled by the NEC. I discuss significant consistence on the grounds that there were individuals who should be welcome to that gathering however were not welcomed. These incorporate previous legislators, previous governors or representative governors. At the gathering, Amosun in his knowledge chose to present a third component which did not include in the goals of the NEC.

He reported that Ogun State would receive agreement and he continued to characterize what in his view establishes an accord. Having characterized it to mean the profession of the senator, he proceeded to declare an agreement competitor, one Akinlade as the following representative. He continued to report another man of his word as the running mate.

APC Crisis Worsens As Buhari’s Right Hand Men Engage In Dirty Fight Over Leadership Of Aso Rock

The request of Imo State representative, Chief Rochas Okorocha and his Ogun State partner on handling their decision hopefuls as governorship flagbearers in their particular states in spite of the situation of the All Progressives Party, APC, at long last met a block divider yesterday with the gathering’s refusal to perceive their candidates. Specifically, the gathering’s choice for all intents and purposes managed a mortal hit to the plotting and steed exchanging over the assurance of the governors to guarantee that their applicants were given the tickets to challenge governorship races in Imo and Ogun states.

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In the meantime, the APC expelled the choice of the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, banning it from having a governorship applicant in Zamfara State over the inability to meet the due date for the accommodation of competitors’ names. The gathering said the position of the discretionary umpire was a demonstration of disappointment, went for granting the governorship position in the state to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. These positions which appeared the highpoints of the aftermath of the gathering’s governorship primaries the nation over were taken yesterday in Abuja.

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Tending to newsmen to that impact, APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said the gathering would not twist its standards for the individual enthusiasm of some gathering individuals. Oshiomhole, who talked on the quarrelsome results of its primaries in Imo, Ogun, Rivers and Zamfara states, said the APC would maintain a Supreme Court judgment on Rivers State. He included that measures would be set up for crisp congresses over the state. The APC National Chairman particularly said Okorocha and Amosun were keen on handling their decision applicants to the detriment of the gathering’s constitution. The pair had as of late blamed Oshiomhole for being in charge of the emergency in the gathering.

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His words: “On the judgment given by the Supreme Court, as a political party, we respect the judiciary. We also appreciate that democracy is basically about the rule of law and not the rule of might. Based on this fact, which is not a choice, we are obliged to respect the rule of law and at the heart of that is total obedience to the letters and the spirit of judicial findings which are not meant to be convenient. In a democracy, there are orders that need to be obeyed. Therefore, the judgment of the Supreme Court is very clear that the court has nullified the ward congresses that were done by my predecessor in Rivers State and also nullified the state and local government congresses that were done in the state.

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“What is important is that as things stand, the highest court in the land has pronounced that those congresses did not meet the requirements of the law and are therefore not valid. As a law-abiding party, we accept the decision of the court and we will call a meeting in no distant future of all the stakeholders in Rivers State to put the necessary machinery in place to conduct fresh ward, local government, and state congresses.

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“In the APC Constitution, the only body authorised to conduct primaries is the NWC of which I am privileged to be the chairman but there are processes that must be followed before this exercise is made a possibility. Our National Executive Committee NEC met and decided to invoke the relevant parts of our constitution which among other things allow us to conduct either direct or indirect primaries in which every card-carrying member of our party is entitled to vote.

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“In the case of Ogun state, Governor Ibikunle Amosun like any other governor convened a meeting of the State Executive Committee SEC as directed by NEC and those meetings were meant to include not just the SEC members but critical stakeholders for the purpose of primaries. There can be no question that anyone who is standing for an election is obviously a stakeholder in the process particularly when the matter on the agenda is how to conduct the primaries. And in order to ensure transparency in the process, the NEC also resolved that when a state opted for any of the options, the state executive is obliged to ensure that majority of the members sign the resolution and not just one or two on behalf of the others.”

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2019: Amosun Turns Sacrificial Lamb To Aid Buhari’s Second Term Bid

It has appeared President Muhammadu Buhari chose to forfeit his long standing association with Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State as a component of strategies to address all roadblocks to his re-appointment in 2019.

Amosun, prior to this time, a strong ally of President Buhari since the times of the ancient All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), is at present at loggerheads with the National Chairman of APC over the result of the governorship primaries in the state.

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While the representative is demanding giving over to his blessed hopeful, Abdulkabir Adekunle Akinlade, the National Working Committee (NWC) of his gathering, driven by its National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has presented the name of oil investor, Dapo Abiodun, as the Ogun State governorship applicant.Abiodun is purportedly being supported by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, one of the gathering’s national pioneers and leader of its compromise group; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, a previous legislative head of Ogun State, and different pioneers in the South-West faithful to Tinubu.

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In spite of his apparent closeness to President Buhari, a few endeavors by Amosun to upturn the choice has demonstrated unsuccessful.

He as of late drove an appointment of Ogun rulers and pioneers to the president yet that additionally neglected to yield the coveted outcome.

 

Clearly baffled over the issue, the senator a week ago blamed Oshiomhole for purportedly scheming with a few people to foist Abiodun on the gathering in the state, as its governorship competitor in the 2019 race. Amosun affirmed that Oshiomhole, with the help of Tinubu and Osoba, composed a phony outcome indicating Abiodun as the champ of the gathering’s essential decision and therefore its governorship competitor.

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He additionally asserted that the team of Tinubu and Osoba had assumed jobs in what he named “appointive misrepresentation”, including that their quietness over the issue likened to complicity.The representative demanded that the NWC of the gathering sent to the state didn’t direct a veritable essential decision. He contended that the main bona fide essential was the one which created Adekunle Akinlade as governorship applicant.

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He stated: “The president definitely knows there was no race in Ogun State. He realizes that they just went to Lagos, composed all outcomes and that what they did is extortion.

“On the off chance that the National Working Committee or the National Chairman said there was a race in Ogun State, it’s everything misrepresentation. That is the thing that I said.”

He included, “Mr. President definitely knows, there was no decision in Ogun State, other than the one we held.”The issue of Chief Osoba and Asiwaju and co, what we said was that there was a clear quiet from their end, and quietness implies assent.

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“We have not heard single word from any of them. Was there any decision in Ogun State? Truly or No? They should turn out. Individuals at this level ought to be sufficiently valiant to take a situation, to turn out, to come and reveal to us whether there was a decision.

“The one governorship decision that we had, there was live broadcast, individuals even saw it.”

Regardless of the representative’s case that President Buhari realized that the outcome announced by the NWC was phony, the president declined to utilize his situation to upturn the outcome to support him.

Talking solely with Daily Independent, a chieftain of the gathering and individual from its NWC said President Buhari was in a predicament over the issue inferable from his association with Amosun and Tinubu and did his best to determine the issue in a way that would satisfy all.

He said having gauged his alternatives, President Buhari who was burning of anchoring a second term in office, chose to set up portable shelter with Tinubu whom he accepted held the way to conveying the South-West to him.

“It is Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that are slugging it out with Governor Amosun on the Ogun governorship matter. They are supporting Dapo Abiodun while Amosun is demanding Adekunle Akinlade.

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“It isn’t as though the president, as the national pioneer of the gathering, can’t swim in and ask that Amosun’s competitor be announced the champ, yet actually he wouldn’t like to outrage Tinubu and other South-West pioneers, for example, Osinbajo and Aremo Segun Osoba.

“The president genuinely needs the votes from the South-West and he trusts these are the general population holding the district.

“Here is a man who challenged thrice and lost until the point that Asiwaju banded together with him and he won. He can’t bear to toy with such a man.

“The president feels Amosun’s agony however he isn’t set up to take any risks that will influence him to lose the South-West locale, particularly now that Atiku Abubakar is making advances into the district with his guarantee of rebuilding,” he said.

Be that as it may, talking with our journalist, an assistant to Governor Amosun said the senator had been unreasonably treated in spite of his penances for the gathering.

“To us in Ogun, the representative has been unreasonably treated and it is appalling. Here is man who has yielded his all in making the gathering what it is today.

“He has driven such huge numbers of arrangements that have anchored triumph for the APC, the ongoing being in Ekiti and Osun. To us, we trust this isn’t the correct method to pay him back,” the helper said.

WAR!! Okorocha,Amosun Launches Fresh Attack On Oshiomhole

The Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, and Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Thursday renewed their attacks on Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of their party, the All Progressives Congress. While Okorocha claimed the fortunes of the APC had witnessed a downturn since Adams Oshiomhole took over as national chairman, Amosun alleged that the party chairman and his cohorts were working towards handing over Ogun to “a gang of expansionists.”

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Governor Amosun’s attack is contained in a statement written on his behalf by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Otunba Adedayo Adeneye, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent.

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Amosun, who was reacting to Oshiomhole’s defense on the crisis rocking the APC following its recent primaries, noted that Oshiomhole had visited injustice on Ogun State by not allowing the wishes of the people of the state to stand.

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The governor had reiterated that the only authentic governorship primary in the state was the one that produced Adekunle Akinlade. While he accused Oshiomhole of not abiding by the rules and guidelines of the party, he said his attempts to hide under “false claims about conscience and integrity are cheap.”

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The statement read partly, “Oshiomhole knows that there were no other gubernatorial primaries held in Ogun State other than the one that produced Adekunle Akinlade as a candidate”. He knows that the primaries into national and legislative offices were won 100 per cent by those declared winners by the panel he sent to Ogun State to oversee the exercise.

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“He knows that the shenanigans of unknown court injunctions, unknown appeal panels and all sorts unleashed on the process by him and his cohorts are premeditated schemes executed to deny the members of the APC their true choice of candidates in the elections.”

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He added, “Oshiomhole knows, as we know, that in the instance of the last primaries in Ogun State, he has fallen short of the minimum standards of justice, equity and fairness. Our consolation lies in the fact that in the fullness of time, what remains unknown to the public will become bare and everyone will see Oshiomhole and his co-travellers for who they are.

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“In his conduct, Oshiomhole has exhibited disdain for the interest of the APC and that of the National Leader of the party, President Muhammadu Buhari.”

On Oshiomhole’s claim that only three state governors were aggrieved about the conduct of the primaries, Amosun dismissed it as untrue, citing a nationwide outcry that greeted the exercise. He, however, said that the majority of members of the APC in Ogun State remained unshaken in their rejection of the “gangsterism” that had been visited on them in the conduct of the primaries.

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The National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, on Wednesday, said he would not mortgage his conscience in a bid to keep his job as the party’s chairman.

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Oshiomhole said this in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after a meeting he had with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He was reacting to the growing calls for his removal as the party chairman following the crisis that trailed the APC primaries across the country.

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The former Edo State Governor said he was committed to justice and fairness. He added that he was too old to begin to learn new tricks. He said, “Let me say that if there is a choice between my conscience, what I believe is right and mortgaging that conscience, in order to keep the job, I will have no difficulty resolving it in favour of my conscience.

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2019: Tinubu Loses Grip As Atiku’s Men Take Over Entire South-West Region

These are trying times for the National Leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as the highly influential former governor loses grip of his political structure in the region.

 

 

 

 

As you read, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has won over many loyal supporters of the former governor and indeed Yoruba leaders by dangling juicy offers to the region if elected preisdent.

 

 

 

To halt the former VP momentum, governors and leaders of the ruling party in the South-West, are currently strategising on ways to mitigate the incursion of Atiku, into the zone, ahead of the February 16, 2019 election.

It was gathered that the APC, which is in control of the six States in the South-West, is frantically pushing to put the post-primary crisis in some States behind it, come together in the coming days, and map out a winning strategy that will guarantee the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari, ahead of the PDP Candidate.

 

 

 

A Leader in the ruling APC, who chose to be anonymous, said: “The Atiku challenge is real, and we cannot afford to take it for granted, because the South-West is where the swing votes reside.

“As we speak, the signals on the field are not cheering in almost all the six States of the South-West, and that is why it is necessary for the party and the Presidency, to summon everyone and give a marching order on how to prosecute the elections.

 

 

 

“The reverse in the order of crisis we are having in the South-West is unfortunate. PDP used to be the party in crisis before now, but they are gradually shaking off that nomenclature. Currently, all is not well with our party in Ogun, Ondo, Lagos, Oyo, and perhaps Osun States.

“Unfortunately, this division is beginning to create in-roads for the PDP and Atiku in the zone. His offer of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) has also emboldened his campaign in the zone. We cannot afford to sleep on them, because we learnt they are meeting different people and groups in the zone.”

 

 

 

Meanwhile, the power play among APC South-West leaders is partly to be blamed for Atiku’s incursion into the region.
While the PDP candidate was busy perfecting his strategy, APC big wigs we’re busy installing their cronies in different elective positions ahead of next year’s elections.

 

 

 

This ugly development has however pitched the party’s national leaders against other aspiring officials. Take the case of Ogun State, where, Gov. Amosun accused APC Chairman,Adams Oshiomole of conniving with a cabal in Lagos to write a fake result which produced Dapo Abiodun as the party’s Governorship candidate for 2019.

 

 

 

The governor fingered Bola Tinubu and former governor of Ogun State, Chief Segun Osoba for their roles in the fraud through their silence which he said has translated to consent to the electoral fraud.
Amosun insisted that, there were no genuine primaries from the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, declaring that the only authentic primary was the one which produced Adekunle Akinlade as Governorship Candidate.

 

 

As it is, the ruling party is split between those loyal to the Jagaban of Lagos and the new conservative movement, which has promised to deliver the region from the claws of Tinubu.
Notable personalities that have pitched their tent with the new group includes Gov. Akeredolu of Ondo State, Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, and Minister Of Power Babatunde Fashola.