Critical Times News : APC Crisis deepens as Gov Amosun set to dump party

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APC Crisis deepens as Gov Amosun set to dump party


The crisis in the All Progressives Congress over its primaries may worsen in a matter of days as there are strong indications that the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, is set to defect to the Democratic Peoples Party.

Investigations by SUNDAY PUNCH revealed that Amosun had already positioned his close allies and top government officials in the state in the DPP to contest against the candidates of the ruling party.

Findings by our correspondents indicated that the officials and aides would be eventually unveiled as the candidates of the DPP in the guise of “consensus on or before December.”

A reliable APC source, who claimed to be fully involved in the governor’s plans, informed SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday that the officials would move ahead of him before Amosun would eventually join them.

The source added, “The plan is that he may not leave now, but he (Amosun) will leave.

“He already has candidates for the three senatorial zones and nine House of Representatives seats in the DPP.”

According to findings by SUNDAY PUNCH, the candidate for the Ogun East Senatorial District is Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, who is the current state’s Commissioner for Health.

In Ogun Central, the candidate is Alhaji Bolanle Adeyemi, a serving Senior Special Assistant to the governor.

For the Ogun West Senatorial District, the governor’s candidate is the current Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Energy, Chief Taiwo Fagbemi.

SUNDAY PUNCH learnt that “they (officials and aides) are to be substituted with the consensus candidates on or before the December 1 deadline for withdrawal /final substitution of candidates.”

For the House of Representatives seats, Amosun’s candidates in the DPP are Odebiyi Safiu- Abiodun, a former Chairman, Yewa South Local Government Area, as the candidate for the Yewa South /Ipokia Federal Constituency; and Adekunbi Fatai -Aremu for the Yewa North/ Imeko - Afon Federal Constituency.

Fatai- Aremu is a younger brother to the Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi.

The candidate for the Abeokuta North/Obafemi Owode / Odeda Federal Constituency is Olabode Taofeek -Babatunde, a former local government chairman. The Special Adviser and General Manager, Ogun Housing Corporation, Olajumoke Akinwunmi, is the candidate for the Abeokuta South Federal Constituency.

Other Amosun allies are Odumosu Olugbenga for the Ikenne/ Sagamu /Remo North Federal Constituency; Mojeed Ekelojumati, a Commissioner in the Civil Service Commission, for the Ijebu North /Ijebu East/ Ogun Waterside Federal Constituency seat; and the current Ifo Local Government Chairman, Ariori Saheed, for the Ifo /Ewekoro Federal Constituency.

The seat for the Ado Odo / Ota Federal Constituency has Lamidi Rasheed, while Shittu Olawale, the Odogbolu Local Government Area chairman, is for Ijebu Ode / Odogbolu/ Ijebu East Federal Constituency.

SUNDAY PUNCH sighted some of the nomination forms of a few of the candidates marked ‘Rep’ and ‘Senate’, written with a red marker.

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