The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Ogun State chapter is currently characterized by intrigue as some political sons and supporters of a former state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, join forces with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) opposition to overthrow Governor Dapo Abiodun in 2023.
It is the aftermath of the crisis that plagues the party in the state, especially as Amosun and Abiodun are at loggerheads over control of the party structure.
Our correspondent reports that some of Amosun’s loyalists have already jumped ship from the APC to the PDP.
Daily Trust reports that the twist appears as a replay of the 2019 political imbroglio in the state when Amosun supporters left the APC for the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) when it was clear that Abiodun had chosen the party ticket.
Abiodun and Amosun, the friends turned foes, failed to resolve their political differences which began in the run-up to the 2019 elections.
Informed sources told the Daily Trust that a formula for sharing elective posts as proposed by the national leadership of the APC to solve the problems between the Abiodun and Amosun camps has hit a wall. of bricks.
It was collected that Abiodun rejected the formula, having lined up his men for all positions, when the clock was against Amosun’s men running in the next election, due to election guidelines.
Earlier in the year, some of Amosun’s loyalists dumped him for Abiodun. They include the senator representing Ogun East, Lekan Mustapha, and two commissioners who served in Amosun’s government, Jide Ojuko and Babatunde Ipaye.
Last week, Adekunle Akinlade, the PAM gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 elections, finally joined the PDP and agreed to run with the party’s candidate, Ladi Adebutu, as his running mate.
Akinlade was Amosun’s nominated candidate in the 2019 gubernatorial ballot which he lost to Abiodun.
The former House of Representatives member, popularly known as Triple A, also contested the APC gubernatorial primary in May and lost to Abiodun.
Akinlade had arrived Friday afternoon at the PDP secretariat in Abeokuta, the state capital, to declare himself officially in favor of the opposition party. He was with his aides and a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Tola Banjo.
There are hints that other Amosun foot soldiers are expected to officially join the PDP, including current Yewa South/Ipokia House of Representatives member Kolawole Lawal, popularly referred to as KLM.
Mikky Kazeem, who was a representative member of Abeokuta North/Odeda/Obafemi-Owode, and Rotimi Rahman (Arugbo), former chairman of the local government services commission, also joined the opposition party.
Our correspondent has learned that a big reception is planned by the PDP for Amosun’s supporters and should be held during the week.
“Amosun is indifferent to defections,” a source from his camp told our reporter.
Akinlade, in his remarks, said his decision to join the PDP was difficult, but necessary.
However, the APC, in a statement by its spokesperson, Tunde Oladunjoye, called Akinlade’s defection to the PDP “good riddance”, saying he would not be missed by the party.