Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG as at PRESS TIME has it that strong indications have emerged that Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state and his loyalists may dump the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) following the controversies that greeted the selection of party candidates for the 2019 general elections in the state.
It will be recalled that the governor is at loggerheads with the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party following the refusal of the NWC to adopt the governor’s successor-designate, Adekunle Akinlade as the party’s governorship candidate.
It will also be recalled that the governor has held two meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari and one with the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole since the adoption of oil magnate, Dapo Abiodun as the governorship candidate of the party.
NEWS FLAKES NG gathered that the governor allegedly gave President Buhari and Oshiomhole Saturday deadline to substitute Abiodun’s name for Akinlade as the party’s flagbearer in the state or he would defect alongside his loyalists.
Amosun reportedly briefed his loyalists on the unfavourable outcome of his meetings with President Buhari as well as Oshiomhole at a meeting held on Wednesday night at his private residence located at Ibara GRA, Abeokuta.
In attendance at the meeting were APC members from the 20 local government areas of the state, who were loyal to the governor, as well as top government functionaries in the state.
A highly placed source, who was present at the meeting on Wednesday night, confirmed the plan to pull out of the APC.
The source said the governor informed his loyalists that rather than address the pending issue, the party leadership in Abuja asked him to share the National and State Assembly tickets with certain individuals in the state who never participated in the just concluded governorship and legislative primaries.
The governor was said to have berated those who manipulated the primary election to produce Abiodun as against the consensus governorship candidate of the party, Akinlade.
Amosun, the source added, made it clear that he could not work with Abiodun because he lacked the wherewithal to win elections.
According to him, Abiodun who could not win a senatorial district election in 2015 will be unable to win the whole of Ogun State in 2019.
The governor was said to have maintained his stance that he would bid APC goodbye rather than accept Abiodun’s candidacy.
He, however, did not disclose the particular political party he and his loyalists would consider.
Asked about the growing speculation that the governor is likely to defect to Accord Party, the source insisted that the governor was silent on his choice but only declared that his next sanctuary would not be the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).