…As Ijebu/Remo kick against
By, Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Following the backdrop of adopting direct primaries for governorship candidate in All Progressives Congress (APC), Ogun State, the State party Chairman, Chief Derin Adebiyi has declared Hon. Abdul Kabir Adekunle Akinlade as the party preferred governorship candidate for the forthcoming general elections.
Hon. Abdul Kabir Adekunle Akinlade popularly called Triple A’s was a former Special Adviser to the governor on Taxation and Women Affairs and present serving members of federal house of representative, Abuja representing Egbado South/Ipokia Federal constituency.
He spoke at the party’s secretariat in Abeokuta, the state capital during the unveiling and presentation of Akinlade by the Ogun West Elders Council led by their Chairman, Alhaji Ajibola Olagbayi. He commended the Ogun West APC leaders for unanimously selecting a thoroughbred politician with grassroots credibility.
Chief Derin said the party has zone the governorship ticket to Ogun West, saying whoever the zone presents become the party’s candidate.
He said there must party discipline and loyalty, saying all members of the must abide by the guidelines and decisions of the party.
“The party has zone the governorship ticket to Ogun West, so whoever Ogun West brings as far as we are concerned in Ogun APC is our candidate.
“There must be party discipline And loyalty. If we say we have zone to Ogun west, others will follow the party guidelines, but we’ve discussed that and some of the members claims that people of the exco didn’t inform them, but we have informs them and with the information they have, they are going to have a change of mind.”
Speaking on the aggrieved Ogun East APC stakeholders, the Chairman said as far as the party is concerned, Akinlade remains the party’s candidate.
While responding, Hon. Akinlade assured the party faithful that he would run all inclusive government if elected as the state governor in 2019.
He said his emergence, has shown that the Ogun West has got it right this time around. He commended Governor Ibikunle Amosun, saying the Governor’s sacrifice has made the Yewa Agenda come into reality.
He called for more support from all other aspirants, saying he cannot do it alone and would not take them for granted .
”I want to thank everybody, leaders of party and other aspirants, most especially Governor Ibikunle Amosun. I will run all inclusive government.
Meanwhile, the Ogun East APC aspirants have rejected the choice of Akinlade as Ogun APC consensus candidate for 2019 governorship election.
In a statement signed by the head of Media, Ijebu/Remo Agenda, Mr. Tayo Mabeweje, the decision of their brothers from the Ogun West Senatorial District was long awaited and would further boost internal democracy in the party.
According to the group, it was only fair and equitable that the Ijebu/Remo zone produces the next governor in 2019, as the zone had waited for too long.
“We believe that, in keeping with the principles of rotation and fairness, the governorship should revert to Ijebu Province.
“Our position is not in any way an affront to His Excellency, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, if anything, we acknowledge the giant strides of his administration in the last seven years in setting standard for infrastructure development and fully indentify with his Mission to Rebuild Ogun State.
“However, we would like to appeal to the good people of Ijebu/Remo that made up Ogun East Senatorial District to be calm in the belief that a level playing ground would be made available for all aspirants, including those of Ijebu extraction, to contest the governorship ticket of the state.
“Our people should not be in any way disturbed by the development but rather be more united and unwavering in their support of Otunba Bimbo Ashiru in the gubernatorial primaries.
“This is the beauty of democracy when we have people from different zones aspiring to be governor of which only one will emerge as candidate”.
Also reacting, a governorship aspirant from Ogun East, Sen. Gbenga Kaka has disagreed with Gov. Amosun’s zoning of the Governorship ticket to Ogun West.
Senator Gbenga Kaka argued that such zoning arrangement would amount to marginalizing the Ogun East from contesting for the APC governorship ticket.