#BounceExclusive: Ogun Teachers Gang Up Against Amosun’s Preferred Governorship Candidate
This is not the best of times for Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who is fighting the toughest political battle of his life to save his political structure from crumbling while still in office.
Aggrieved teachers in the state have taken a stand to work against the emergence of his preferred candidate as the next governor of the state.
Amosun is backing Adekunle Akinlade, the candidate of rival Allied People’s Movement (APM) to become next governor of the state.
Akinlade left the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to become APM gubernatorial flag bearer based on the urging of Amosun.
Bounce News gathered that the teachers in the state were being mobilised against Akinlade by those using treatment ‘suffered’ under the Amosun administration as campaign points.
Different versions of WhatsApp messages urging the teachers not to vote for Akinlade are being passed around.
The messages are very popular and appear to be achieving set objectives. Akinlade is not really popular amongst the teachers.
The leaders of the teachers championing this cause are said to be keeping a very low profile for an obvious reason – Amosun is still the Chief Executive Officer in Ogun State.
One of the messages urging a gang up against Akinlade at the polls was seen by our correspondent on Tuesday.
It read: "It now sounds very absurd for the gubernatorial candidate of the Allied People’s Movement (APM), Adekunle Akinlade, who is a known stooge and candidate of Governor Amosun to approach us for support.
"A stooge of a governor who has stopped paying running cost to public schools for over three years, stopped promotion and training of teachers, stopped payment of gratuities and most importantly stopped the remittance of cooperative deductions.‘
"Amosun sacked NLC chair, Comrade Akeem Ambali and 14 others. He suspended 18 teachers during the 2016 World Teachers Day celebration on October 5 in Abeokuta.
"We don’t want the continuation of Amosun’s draconian policies through Honourable Akinlade of APM. We will speak with our PVCs.
"Ogun Teachers are not for sale. The 5 million Naira you gave to the excos of ASUSS and NUT is our entitlement. Ogun Teachers deserve to have it good and better because we have had it bad and worse under Amosun".
The message was signed by ‘concerned teachers.
Bounce News gathered that those dismissed were A.O. Oshin, Nola Balogun, Eniola Atiku, Solaru.O., Adebanjo T., Akinola A.S., Oyolola S.A., Obafemi O.B., Ogunsola Peter, Akinlade S.A., Christopher T.A., Ogunrombi A.A., Azeez K.I. and Taiwo A.O.
Those suspended were Odusanya S.A., Comrade Akapo, Adegbesan J.O., Adelami S. I., Obadara O., Ogunnuga O.A., Ayokambi T.A., Tijani A.A., Adegbesan J.O., Idowu A.O., Olaifa O.A., Bayo Lasore, Ahmodu S.A., Oludotun Oliyide, Tijani Y.A., Awode I.A., Dada O.A. and Adesanya Abiola..
It was gathered that Akinlade’s handlers were hard at work trying to undo the harm of the raging campaign on his chances at the poll.
A reliable source from APC had earlier told our correspondent that there was a grand design by the party to dent the image of Amosun and Akinlade using various means.
If the position of the source is anything to go by, then the APC in the state could be behind the various messages circulating among teachers.
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