The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State has adopted as its governorship candidate for next year’s election.
In reaction, a governorship aspirant of the party, Dapo Abiodun, faulted the adoption.
The party on Thursday presented Mr Akinlade, a member of the House of Representatives for Egbado South and Ipokia federal constituency in Ogun West senatorial district, as its candidate.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Ogun APC announced that all the candidates of the party for the general elections would be chosen by consensus.
The Chairman of the party in Ogun, Derin Adebiyi, who presented Mr Akinlade at the party secretariat in Abeokuta on Thursday, congratulated the candidate and the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, who he said heeded the clamour by Ogun West to produce the next governor of the state.
“Our governor is used by God for the benefit of Ogun West in the choice of the candidate. I will also call on other aspirants to support the chosen candidate, and we should also know that whatever God has written nobody can change it’, Mr Adebiyi said.
He stressed that in every contest, “somebody must win,” and appealed to other aspirants and party supporters to start working towards the success of the party in the general elections.
“Work has just started and we must work towards winning 2019 election. I am happy that we have successfully handled the emergence of the candidate. Since over 40 years ago of the creation of the State, Ogun West has not produced governor, and APC is determined to bring that into reality now,” the party chairman said.
Mr Adebiyi said there was no crisis within the party over the nomination, even though chieftains of the party from the other zones were absent at the presentation ceremony.
He said, “as party we are waxing stronger and stronger.”
In his acceptance speech, Mr Akinlade thanked the party leadership, Mr Amosun and other party members for considering him worthy to represent them at the poll.
He said his choice was God’s doing with the support of the party members, and appealed to other co-contestants to team up with him for the task ahead, pledging that he would run an all-inclusive government if voted into power.
“We will work together, and on our own part I want to assure you that we will not let you down. I will not take the party for granted, and I will abide with the rules of the party. I am a good listener, and our Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, is a good pathfinder who should be appreciated. I also call for need for all electorate to collect their PVCs,” Mr Akinlade said.
But Mr Abiodun from Ogun East Senatorial District, kicked against the nomination of Mr Akinlade and vowed that it would be resisted.
“Our attention has been drawn to a misleading media report and total misrepresentation of facts, being sponsored by the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, and his puppet State Exco indicating that there was an agreement by some unidentified stakeholders to select the next Ogun APC governorship candidate through a consensus arrangement,” Mr Abiodun said in a statement Thursday.
“This development is basically aimed at hoodwinking the general public, thereby throwing up confusion into the political environment of our dear state, especially within the APC.
“We received this news with rude shock and wonder why the proponents had chosen to toe a political path that is undemocratic, unjust and unfair to all other governorship aspirants within the party, as they were not duly consulted before such decision was reached by the governor and his political group. A consensus only obtains where there is only one aspirant which would still have to be affirmed and ratified by voting.
“The national body of our great party has made itself clear on the issue of primaries, and instructed that all the states being ruled by APC must adopt the direct primary election method and in a situation where such is not feasible, a resolution of any other alternative primary election process should be forwarded to the national body for proper ratification and adoption.
“Such resolution is expected to be taken by critical stakeholders, which includes all governorship aspirants, without excluding any.
“At this time and age, it is somewhat amusing that Senator Ibikunle Amosun will gather some aspirants of just one Senatorial district and unilaterally decide and announce a purported and sham consensus.
“It is worthy to note that at no point did Prince Dapo Abiodun and many other stakeholders of our dear state receive any official or unofficial invitation to attend the said stakeholders meeting where this issue was discussed.
“We hereby call on our supporters and the general public to completely ignore and disregard this make-believe political narrative being sponsored from within the government of Amosun against Prince Dapo Abiodun and a few others.
“Finally we would like to reiterate our full commitment and support for any primary election process that falls within the guidelines which was stipulated by the National Working Committee of our great party APC,” Mr Abiodun stated. ( Premium Times)