Gov Ibikunle Amosun
For Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, getting the support of the leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2015 to contest as the governorship candidate of the party might be a tall dream going by the scenario that played itself out in the state recently.
It is a known fact that there are two major factions in Ogun APC namely; Amosun Camp, which is loyal to the Governor, and Osoba Camp, which is loyal to former governor Olusegun Osoba, and reports have it that the two camps have been trying to outplay each other in the countdown to 2015 elections.
According to those close to the Governor and the party in the state, Governor Amosun had handled the recently held state party registration and party congress with levity, and this is said to have been his albatross.
We were reliably informed that loyalists of former governor Olusegun Osoba, led by Aare Remilekun Bakare mobilized people to register for the party and that he personally spent a whopping N87 Million to ensure that Osoba’s Camp has more members in the party and won more seats in the state congress.
Bakare reportedly went to the secretariat of the APC in Abuja with documents of the registration to show that Osoba’s Camp was able to mobilize more people for registration than Amosun’s camp.
The party leadership, we learned, was happy with the strides made by the camp and gave Bakare a path on the back for the feat.
Sources revealed that Governor Amosun did not take it seriously, when his supporters told him on the phone, while he was away from the country, that Osoba’s Camp was gaining more grounds in the party than his camp.
He was said to have told them that the whole thing would be sorted out, when he comes back from his trip.
“The deed had been done before he came back and before he realized what was going on, but there was nothing he could than to run to Abuja to meet with the leaders of the party on the issue. When he got to Abuja, a top leader of the party, and former minister of the Federal Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Nasir El-Rufai told him that the state congress could not be reversed and that he was careless as a sitting Governor to have allowed another camp to take over from him. The Governor felt bad about this as the interim Chairman of the Party, Chief Bisi Akande agreed that he was careless,” said our source.
The source said further that Amosun went to Lagos to meet a National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who also told him to accept the defeat.
The Governor reportedly went to meet Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos, who later spoke to Asiwaju Tinubu on the issue and Tinubu was said to have promised to do something on the matter before the national convention of the party later in the year.
The game plan now, according to another reliable source, is that Amosun’s Deputy, Prince Segun Adesegun might be asked to step down in 2015 if the incumbent Governor is eventually given a second term, to pave way for a candidate from the camp of Chief Osoba.
Adesegun, who is actually a product of Osobs’s camp, reportedly fell out with the camp, when he decided to pitch tent with the camp of Governor Amosun.
It was also revealed that Governor Amosun might move to Accord Party or any other party if the APC fails to field him for re-election in 2015, but that he is still banking on the fact that Tinubu would talk to Chief Osoba and his supporters to allow him go for a second term of office.
Few days ago, Osoba declared there was no more opportunity for him to give Amosun another and from what we reliably gathered, the Governor is doing everything possible to let Osoba know that he is presently in charge of the state. Aproko247 has learnt that Amosun is allegedly moving to frustrate Osoba by carrying out some actions to show his superiority in Ogun State as the sitting Governor. But a source informed our reporter that leaders of the party at the national level are making some moves to make sure both camps reconcile ahead of the 2015 general elections.
“APC will not give any loophole for the PDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) or the Labour Party to take over the state in 2015,” a source informed Aproko247.
For now, all hands are crossed as to where the pendulum will swing to.
-Culled from Aproko247
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