APC: Amosun under fire for attacking Tinubu, Osoba

A group within the All Progressives
Congress (APC) in the South-West, Progressives Mandate has berated the
Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, over his attack on the National
Leader of the party, Senator Bola Tinubu.

A statement issued on Wednesday by the coordinator of the group, Hon.
Biyi Akintayo, stated that Amosun’s outburst against Tinubu and a former
governor of Ogun State, Segun Osoba, was unwarranted.

On Monday, Amosun while swearing in Mosunmola Dipeolu, Chief Judge of
the state, at the government house, Abeokuta, the state capital wondered
why Tinubu and Osoba, were silent on the controversy trailing the Ogun
governorship primary.

Amosun accused the leadership of the party of forging results of the primary election in Lagos.

“He (the president) knows that they just went to Lagos, write all
results, and that what they did is fraud. If the national working
committee or the national chairman said there was any election in Ogun
state, it was all fraud,” Amosun said.

“The issue of Chief Osoba and Asiwaju and co, what we said was that
there was a deafening silence from their end, and silence means consent.

“We have not heard a word from any of them. Was there any election in
Ogun state? Yes or No? They should come out and speak… they are hiding
behind one finger, they cannot come out.”

But according to the group, accusing the top cheiftains of perpetrating
fraud in the emergence of Prince Dapo Abiodun as APC governorship
candidate in Ogun State, despite the endorsement by the National Working
Committee (NWC), was unfortunate.

The statement read: “How could Amosun accuse Osoba and Tinubu of
electoral fraud? Has Amosun suddenly forgotten that these were the duo
that worked for his emergence in 2011?

“As new decampees into the now defunct ACN, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun and
Hon. Abiodun Isiaq Akinlade were the stars of the party in the build up
to the 2011 polls.

“We recall that seven other aspirants at that time decided to select a
candidate. At a meeting held at Ikeja and chaired by Aare Remi Bakare
with the likes of Dr. Kayode Soyinka, Prince Kayode Tejuoso, Mr.
Temitope Kuyebi, Gbenga Obadara and Hon. Akinlade among others in
attendance, Akinlade emerged and his name was to be forwarded to the
leadership of the party the following week.

“Shockingly, before his name could be officially communicated, a meeting
was summoned by Osoba, the leader of state chapter, at an hotel in
Abeokuta GRA, close to Amosun’s residence.

“With the then chairman of the ACN, Alh. Tajudeen Bello and late Baba
Adeniji presiding over the meeting alongside the Abuja stakeholders,
Amosun, was to the chagrin of other aspirants announced as the choice of
the party hierarchy. After all the hues and cries, the other aggrieved
aspirants agreed with the decision and moved on.

“Just about a week after the name of Sen. Amosun had been forwarded to
INEC as ACN candidate, Amosun left for CPC, but swiftly showed up when
the guber ticket had been conceded to Hon. Akinlade to beat the
electoral body’s submission deadline.

“After pleading with the same Asiwaju Tinubu that he is deriding today,
Baba Osoba was prevailed upon to forgive Amosun and the rest is history.

“In sum, it is on record that Osoba and Tinubu were conspicuously
instrumental to his emergence as the Governor of Ogun state. For the
records, all these happened without Amosun going through any election.
The question begging for answer is, has Amosun forgotten so soon?

“One is not unaware of how Amosun begged his way to the Oke Mosan
Governor’s office in 2011; he was even at the Owode-Yewa residence of
Hon. Abiodun Akinlade to commend him for conceding the ticket to him in
the build-up of the 2011 polls.

“For Amosun to call on these duo agent of fraud as regards their silence
on the emergence of Dapo Abiodun as APC candidate for 2019 polls,
leaves more to desire especially for the discerning minds in Ogun
State,” the statement said.

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