#BounceExclusive: Ogun On Edge As Amosun Builds Support Against APC
The turn of the eventsin the last couple of weeks has greatly polarized the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun pitches his tent on one side and backers of the party’s governorship candidate Dapo Abiodun on the other.
Abiodun may have been declared holder of the APC’s governorship ticket, but the journey to the state house just began.
Abiodun, who is the Chairman of Heyden Oil and Gas, is said to have enlisted the help of major APC chieftains that are at odds with Amosun in the battle to win the APC gubernatorial ticket.
Amosun’s attempt to forcefully retrieve the ticket and give it to his preferred choice, Adekunle Akinlade set off a chain of reactions that hugely decimated the power and influence of the governor.
One of the major consequences for Amosun is the taking away of party tickets to elective positions for the 2019 general elections from his loyalists.
The governor had initially single-handedly picked all candidates for elective positions in the state but his decision was, however, upturned by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.
The development resulted in a fierce political battle that pitched the governor against forces in Abuja.
The latest round of loss suffered by Amosun in his fight against Abiodun saw the governor’s loyalists yanked off the recently released list of the party’s State House of Assembly candidates list.
But insiders disclosed to Bounce News that the Governor is keen to protect his political legacy and structure while retaining his political authority. Unlike his counterpart in Lagos, Amosun has refused to let go of the matter.
On Monday, he said his preferred candidate Akinlade will definitely become the governor of the state.
“Akinlade has my full support, I am not going to stop him, everything I have, I will use to support him, let them try whatever they want to try, we also have our strategies and I am not going to hide behind one finger.
“I remain in APC because that’s what those people want, they want us to leave APC but they are joking.
“Every day, I will campaign for President Muhammdu Buhari, we will do everything possible to ensure Buhari wins massively in Ogun State, but they should not miss it.
"I, Senator Ibikunle Amosun will not support anyone they are bringing as the governorship candidate."
It was also learnt that emissaries sent by Abiodun to Amosun had been shut out, making the resolution of the crisis difficult.
The situation, Bounce News learnt, has left many politicians in the state in the lurch, with many seemingly confused.
Many of Amosun’s associates are not very comfortable with the development, fearing that the governor could be taking a very big risk if he decides to dump Abiodun.
“The situation is not very bright for any side because as at this time, Amosun is already grappling with forces in Abuja and to compound it with additional enemies from home is not something we are very pleased to talk about,” an associate of the governor told Bounce News.
Indications that the governor’s camp is fast losing grounds emerged on Monday when party chieftains who were hitherto in Amosun’s group physically attended the formal unveiling of the APC deputy governorship candidate, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, at the residence of the former governor of the state, Olusegun Osoba in Abeokuta.
They include: Amosun's former Chief of Staff, Tolu Odebiyi; the Senator representing Ogun West, Gbolahan Dada; the candidate for Egbado South/Ipokia Federal Constituency, Biyi Otegbeye; immediate past Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Bimbo Ashiru, and Dr. Femi Majekodunmi, among others.
It was also learnt that members of the State Executive Council have been jittery over the development, not knowing where the pendulum will swing in the 2019 governorship election.
A highly placed source within the party told Bounce News that some notable aides have recently resigned their appointments in government to join the APC campaign train.
Afolabi Afuape resigned his appointment on Friday as Commissioner for Youth and Sports, to team up with Abiodun and pick up the APC ticket for House of Assembly election.
Besides Afuape, eight other aides of the governor have also resigned their appointments to join the Abiodun camp.
Sources close to the Heyden Oil boss, insist Abiodun is prepared for all eventualities and more than willing to match the governor wit for wit.
It was gathered that when Amosun voiced his opposition against Abiodun’s gubernatorial ambition, the Heyden boss told his supporters “I will show him I am not Yayi”.
Yayi is Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, the Lagos Senator forced to dump his Ogun state Gubernatorial ambition in the face of ferocious opposition from Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
Amosun declared at the height of his opposition to Yayi’s gubernatorial ambition “I know who will not become the next governor of Ogun state!” and it came to pass as Yayi beat a retreat to his primary constituency in bid to remain relevant as Senator representing Lagos West when the heat became too much for him in Ogun state.
Abiodun had on Wednesday, a day after 26 lawmakers dumped to the party to join APM, summoned a closed-door meeting of some of his top associates at his residence in Iperu, in order to weigh the options.
The outcome of the meeting could not be deciphered as at press time.
The situation looks like"the mess is about to hit the fan on all sides” a source pointed out to Bounce News.
According to him: “the truth is that the party needs Amosun to win an election, especially the gubernatorial election in Ogun state. Abiodun and his band of followers can’t deliver the state for APC, they don’t have the clout and structure to do that".