26 Amosun Loyalists Dump APC in Ogun State
Some members of the All Progressives Congress loyal to the Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun have defected from the party to the Allied People’s Movement.
The aggrieved members, no few than 26 of them made the announcement on Monday.
The defectors were the aggrieved members of the APC who had complained against the National Working Committee and the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshomhole.
The 26 members claimed they won the legislative primaries which were held on October 8, 2018
The aggrieved defectors, while addressing journalists through their spokesperson Lamidi Olatunji said they were declared winners by the committee Chairman, Col. Ali Ciroma (Rtd) but the party refused to give them the Independent National Electoral Commission’s form for the nomination as a candidate for the election till it closed yesterday, December 2nd.
Lamidi said: “after extensive and due consultations with our elders, members and stakeholders in the APC in Ogun State, we have come to the inevitable conclusion to seek the general mandate of our people in the 2019 elections on the platform of the Allied People’s Movement.
“We wish to state that this is without prejudice to the progressive ideals which have endeared our candidature and our political group to the good people of Ogun State”
He, however, added,” We regret that Mr. President’s efforts were frustrated by the forces that are hell-bent in taking the South West back to the dark age of slavery where unelected kingpins direct the affairs of the people.
“We are committed to the second term of President Muhammadu Buhari and we are determined to deliver Ogun State to him in the Presidential election, come February 16, 2019, by the grace of God.
“We are going to work tirelessly for the election of Adekunle Akinlade who was overwhelmingly elected as the governorship candidate of the APC, but, denied the ticket by the same forces that hijacked our tickets.”
To douse the tension of possible speculation of the governor’s involvement in their defection, Lamidi said the decisions were theirs as they are old enough to make decisions without the influence of their boss.
He said, “Governor Amosun is still in APC while we have moved to APM. Governor Amosun has nothing to do with our decision to defect to APM”.