June 6, 2020

Exclusive: Amosun defects to ADC today, meets Obasanjo, GNI

There are clear indications that Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun who hinted on Wednesday that may decamp from All Progressive Congress APC today may be heading to Africa Democratic Congress ADC.

Daily Dispatch reports that Amosun yesterday told elders of the party at a meeting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, that the controversy on the gubernatorial ticket should be put behind them as they prepare for the 2019 elections, adding that if the NWC of the APC did not rescind his decision to field Dapo Abiodun he will move enmass out of the party.
The resolution was arrived at after Governor Amosun had reportedly briefed the elders on all attempts made to validate the election of Hon. Abiodun Akinlade in the gubernatorial primaries in the state penultimate week.
The primaries ran into troubled waters when the State Chairman of the party announced the election of Akinlade, while the Chairman of the National Working Committee on the gubernatorial primary announced Prince Dapo Abiodun as winner of the election.
The conflict remained unresolved and the Presidency directed primaries into state and federal legislative houses to establish the truth about conflicting claims of strength between the group led by Vice President Yemi Osibajo, Chief Olusegun Osoba and Dapo Abiodun on the one hand and Governor Amosun on the other.
The Amosun group claimed to have won all available seats, including three Senate, nine House of Representatives and 26 House of Assembly seats, leaving no seat for the Osinbajo/ Osoba group.
The son of Osoba, Olumide, who contested the House of Representatives ticket for Abeokuta Federal Constituency, was said to have been defeated by Hon. Muiz Kazeem by 23,000 votes to 4,050 votes.
However, the result, which was announced by the NWC committee in Abeokuta did not resolve the crisis.
The Osinbajo/Osoba group, which though accepted the result, consented to Akinlade as gubernatorial candidate but on the condition that they were given two out of the three senatorial tickets, four out of the nine House of Representatives tickets and 13 out of the 26 House of Assembly tickets.
The Amosun group rejected the request, insisting on the party respecting the outcome of the primary elections.

In a chart with Daily Dispatch on Thursday, a chieftain of the party and a senior aide to Amosun confide in our correspondent that the governor is on his way to join ADC.

According to him, Amosun was in a marathon meeting last night with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and that he is expected to meet with the governorship candidate of the ADC, Gboyega Isiaka today to fine tune his decamping.

On whether GNI would step down for Akinlade Amosun anointed candidate, our source informed that he (GNI) will still be the governorship candidate.

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