Has Amosun impoverished Ogun state? Adeneye avoids response
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Ogun State, Mr Bolaji Akinola, has accused Governor Ibikunle Amosun of impoverishing the state, describing the governor as the real problem of the APC in the state.
Akinola claimed that the way and manner Amosun carried on in the state, particularly his alleged habit of hand-picking and imposing candidates on the APC, should be a source of concern to all well-meaning APC members.
He claimed that Amosun’s alleged disregard for internal democracy was on full display earlier this year when the APC conducted its ward, local government and state congresses.
“Only those hand-picked by Amosun were returned to office,” the APC chieftain claimed, according to a statement on Tuesday.
“I fully participated in all the congresses and I can tell you authoritatively that there was no voting anywhere except in Ifo Constituency 1 and that was because the Deputy Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Honourable Taiwo Oluomo, who is the lawmaker from Ifo constituency, defied Amosun and insisted that the right thing be done.
“During the state congress in May also, there were no elections.
“No party member can come out and say they voted for any candidate. All the party executives that emerged, from the Chairman, Chief Derin Adebiyi, to the lowest position, were all hand-picked by Amosun the night before.
“They just announced their names to us and that was it,” the statement quoted Akinola to have told journalists in Abeokuta.
According to him, Amosun, during his second term in office, did not perform but only impoverished Ogun State.
Akinola also claimed that the people of Ogun State had had enough of Amosun and would resist any attempt by the governor to impose an unpopular candidate on the state as his successor.
“The real primaries in the Ogun State APC was the one that produced Dapo Abiodun as our governorship candidate. Every other thing, including the so-called primaries conducted by the Derin-led exco, which purportedly produced Abdulkadri Akinlade, is nothing but a sham,” Akinola added.
When contacted, the Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Dayo Adeneye, said being a party issue, he was not in a position to react to Akinola’s allegations.