- The lack of unity in the Ogun state chapter of the APC has reared its ugly head again
- Governor Ibikunle Amosun has accused the ruling party of planning to rig the governorship election in he state
- The governor who is contesting a senatorial seat under the party, however said any plot to rig the election will be resisted
The governor of Ogun state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has revealed that there is a grand plan by his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), to rig the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state, warning that such plot will fail.
He said this in reaction to the position he took by fielding his preferred candidate, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade on the platform of a different political party, the Allied People's Movement (APM) in protest against his own party, the APC which he accused of rigging the gubernatorial primary election.
The development has pitched the governor against the national leadership of the APC, although he is running for the senatorial seat in the same party.
Speaking on Monday, January 27 at the church service held on the occasion marking the 60th birthday anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Michael Olusina Fape, the Archbishop of Lagos Ecclesiastical Province, the governor declared that he has taken a position on his preferred candidate and he is still standing on the decision.
“Let us drum it into the ears of everybody that in this government, nobody should give the idea of coming to rig. No, it will not happen,” he said.
Justifying his position about his support for a governorship candidate of a different political party, Governor Amosun said it was a collective decision reached by the APC about two years ago which he said was “upturned by some people overnight.”
He continued: “I have taken a position and I stand by it. It is only a coward who would not take a position at a crucial period".
“They just came from nowhere to upturn what we agreed on about two years ago that it was the turn of Ogun west which had not produced a governor in the forty three years of existence of the state. It will not work.”
Governor Amosun recently said he would not rule himself out from vying for the office of the Senate President if the opportunity presents itself in the nearest future.
Amosun made the comment while interacting with his constituents in Ewekoro local government area of the state as he seeks to represent them in the upper chamber in the 2019 general elections.
The governor stated that he might be disposed to seeking the Senate presidency whenever the slot is zoned to the southwest.
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