By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
It is now getting clearer that Governor Ibikunle Amosun may likely dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the African Democratic Congress (ADC) following hs failure to get his candidate, Hon. Abiodun Akinlade, endorsed as the party’s governorship candidate
Following Governor Amosun interaction with ADC top officials Wednesday night, he told elders of the party at a meeting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, that the controversy in APC over the gubernatorial ticket should be put behind them as they prepare for the 2019 elections.
He said if the NWC of the APC did not rescind its decision to field Mr. Dapo Abiodun as the party’s candidate, he would leave the party.
The resolution was arrived at after Governor Amosun reportedly briefed the elders on the attempts he made so far to validate the election of Hon. Akinlade in the APC gubernatorial primaries held in the state penultimate week.
The primaries ran into troubled waters when the state Chairman of the party announced Akinlade as the candidate, while the Chairman of the National Working Committee panel on the gubernatorial primary named Prince Dapo Abiodun as the winner of the election.
The conflict remained unresolved even as the presidency directed primaries into state and federal legislative houses to establish the truth about conflicting claims of strength between the two groups led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Chief Olusegun Osoba and Dapo Abiodun on the one hand and Governor Amosun on the other.
The Amosun group claimed to have won all available seats, including three Senate, nine House of Representatives and 26 House of Assembly seats, leaving no seat for the Osinbajo/Osoba group.
However, the results, which was announced by the NWC committee in Abeokuta did not resolve the crisis.
The Osinbajo/Osoba group, which though accepted the result, consented to Akinlade as gubernatorial candidate but on the condition that they were given two out of the three senatorial tickets, four out of the nine House of Representatives tickets and 13 out of the 26 House of Assembly tickets.
The Amosun group rejected the request, insisting on the party respecting the outcome of the primary elections.
A chieftain of the party who is also a senior aide of Governor Amosun confided in WESTERN POST, saying the Governor was on his way to joining ADC.
He said Amosun was in a marathon meeting last night with former President Obasanjo and that he was expected to meet with the governorship candidate of the ADC, Gboyega Isiaka, Thursday to fine tune his movement into ADC.