- Governor Amosun and his counterpart in Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, have continued campaigns for their anointed candidates ahead of Saturday, March 9 election
- The leadership of APC had suspended the duo for anti-party activities
- But Amosun, however, said that his anointed son and governorship candidate of APM would be his successor
Despite his suspension by the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state on Monday, March 4, intensified campaign for his anointed governorship candidate, Adekunle Akinlade.
New Telegraph reports that Amosun led Akinlade’s campaign tour to Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of the state, where he declared that the Allied People’s Movement (APM) standard-bearer would win Saturday, March 9, governorship election if the poll was not rigged.
Legit.ng gathered that the governor’s stance has pitched him against Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who is backing the ambition of APC gubernatorial candidate, Prince Dapo Abiodun.
It was reported that the governorship election slated for Saturday would be a decisive battle between rival camps of the VP and the governor.
Osinbajo is reportedly supporting his friend and kinsman who hails from Iperu-Remo in Ogun East senatorial district while Amosun has thrown his weight behind a federal legislator who hails from Ipokia in Ogun West senatorial district.
Ogun West, comprising Yewa-Awori people, has not produced governor since creation of the state. But speaking at the APM campaign on Monday, Amosun said the Yewa-Awori deserves the governorship in the interest of equity, fairness and justice.
The governor, who justified his support for the zone, flayed critics and political adversaries for misleading the people about his intentions. He charged Ogun West stakeholders not to be swayed by lies and seize their golden opportunity to produce the next governor of the state.
Amosun said: “Some wicked and heartless people came out to say it is not yet time for Yewa-Awori to produce a governor, after 43 years.
“When will it be your turn if not now? Why didn’t they bring out another Ogun West candidate if truly they love Yewa-Awori? Why Remo? "
According to him, he has a covenant with God that the next governor after him will come from Ogun West, but some wicked people planned to truncate it
''Every critical moment, you must be found to have taken a position. I’ve said it since the beginning of my second term, I’ve murmured it in the ears of our excos and we’ve all agreed that the next governor will come from Ogun West.
“I didn’t know that some people have other plans. They are not God. Akinlade will be the next governor of Ogun state by God’s grace."
He expressed optimism that Akinlade will be the next governor with the help of God and the support of the people.
Reacting to his suspension, Amosun, who visited President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Sunday, March 3, just replied with a song.
“Awon to n ni wa lara baba, ni won lara o (Those who are making things difficult for us, God should make things difficult for them)… E kilo fun bobo yen ko ye gb’ero buburu si wa (Please, warn that guy against harbouring bad intentions against us).”
The governor also revealed that his administration would, by April, embark on the construction of a flyover in Oju Ore, Ota. He said a flyover was also needed at the Toll gate axis in Ota, adding that he has already challenged Akinlade to construct it when elected as governor.
On his part, Akinlade said the Yewa-Awori people stood on a threshold of history to make a decision that would have far-reaching effect on the future of generations yet unborn.
Speaking earlier, the Olota of Ota, Oba Abdulkabir Adeyemi Obalanlege, described Akinlade as a gentleman to the core and a son of the soil, urging the people to come out en-masse and vote for him on Saturday.
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The traditional ruler, who led the Olota-in-council and other Awori monarchs to the venue, reiterated his total support for the APM governorship candidate. At the event, some members of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) announced their defection to APM.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Imo state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, said that Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has no powers to suspend him.
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