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Gov Ibikunle Amosun Loses Control of Ogun APC *** Eyes Accord Party

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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.

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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.

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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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Breaking: Tribunal Sacks Dino Melaye As Senator Representing Kogi West

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Biodun Okeowo

The election that saw Dino Melaye emerging as Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district has been nullified.

Senator Melaye’s election  was cancelled by the Kogi State National Assembly/State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal.

The nullification was announced on Friday, August 23.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission  (INEC), Melaye polled a total of 85,395 votes to defeat his All Progressive Congress (APC) opponent who scored 66,902 votes.

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The result was however contested on the grounds of irregularities, overvoting and non-compliance with the Electoral Act by the APC candidate, Sam Adeyemi.

According to reports, the three-man panel led by Justice A. O. Chijioke, in a unanimous judgment on Friday, accepted Adeyemi’s ground and ordered for another election in the senatorial district.

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Oyo House Of Assembly Finally Confirms Seun Fakorede As Commissioner

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The Oyo State House of Assembly has confirmed 27 year-old Oluwaseun Fakorede as commissioner.

Fakorede was appointed as commissioner for youth and sport despite a protest by party stalwarts earlier today.

Governor Seyi Makinde had sent Fakorede’s name to the Assembly alongside that of Professor Raphael Afonja, and Faosat Joke Sunni in a list of his second batch of cabinet nominees.

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The three were screened and approved on Thursday, August 21.

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Announcing the approval, the  Speaker of the House, Adebo Ogundoyin, praised Governor Makinde for nominating the commissioners-designate.

Hesaid: “The Oyo State House of Assembly has confirmed 27-year-old Fakorede Seun Temidayo of Ibarapaland and two others as commissioners of the Oyo State Government.”

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Governor Makinde In Dilema Over Future Of Oyo’s Youngest Commissioner-nominee

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The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, is currently in a dilema over the future of one of his commissioner-nominees, Oluwaseun Fakorede.

Fokorede’s appointment initially celebrated in Oyo State has now turned controversial leading to a face off between groups.

While a group is opposing the nomination of 27-year-old, the other group is supporting his nomination as a commissioner.

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The anti-Fakorede group is made up of members and leaders of the ruling party who have hinged their protest on claims that Fakore’s father had defected to the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) and worked against the success of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the elections.

The group, which comprises party leaders, elders and women urge lawmakers not to screen or confirm his nomination adding that his nomination  negates the sharing arrangement by the leaders to cover the interest of all the regions and zones of the area.

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