‘No Distraction,’ Says Amosun After APM’s Election Loss

'No Distraction,' Says Amosun After APM's Election Loss

 

Governor Ibikunle Amosun says he has resolved to focus on governance after his ‘anointed candidate’ Adekunle Akinlade was defeated in the Ogun State governorship election.

He told reporters shortly after inspecting a project in the state that the outcome of the election would not make him relent in delivering the dividend of democracy to the people of the state.

“I’ve been in politics since 2000; so, when things like this happen, you have to just move on because the job is there to be done,” said the governor.

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He added, “Eyes on the ball, you don’t lose focus; no distraction. I told people that whatever the outcome, by Monday I’m back. I’m doing my work.

“Indeed, we are going to be working flat-out; day and night because those projects must be finished, even some of our roads will be finished.”

The governor said his administration was committed to completing all pending projects before the end of his tenure, after which he would head to the Senate.

He was specific about developing the state’s infrastructure, stressing that his government would complete all pending bridges except for one which he said they were struggling with.

Amosun, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had emerged as the party’s Ogun Central Senatorial District candidate in the party’s primary conducted in 2018.

He, thereafter, defeated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and other contestants in the February 23 election to win the seat in the National Assembly.

On the other hand, Akinlade who is a member of the House of Representatives defected to APM after he failed to win the ticket of the ruling party for the governorship election in Ogun.

He was defeated by the APC candidate, Dapo Abiodun, in the March 9 poll.

Dapo Abiodun Of APC Wins Ogun Governorship Election

Dapo Abiodun

 

Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Dapo Abiodun, has emerged as governor-elect of Ogun State.

Mr Abiodun overcame stiff competition from Adekunle Akinlade of the Allied Peoples Movement to win the race.

The Returning Officer for the election, Professor Idwo Olayinka, declared him the winner and returned him elected after announcing that he got 241,670 votes as against Mr Akinlade’s 222,153 votes.

Candidate of the ADC, Gboyega Isiaka, emerged third with 110,422 votes, while Senator Buruji Kashamu of the Peoples Democratic Party was fourth with 70,290 votes.

See how all the parties fared below:

A – 1,695

AAC – 1,469

AAP – 746

ACD – 2,629

AD – 1,378

ADC – 110,422

ADP – 9,666

AGA – 813

ANN – 701

ANRP 958

APC – 241,670

APM – 222,153

ASD – 235

BNPP – 345

C4C – 81

CAP – 150

DA – 753

DPC – 464

DPP – 732

FJP – 400

FRESH – 161

GPN – 242

ID – 159

JNPP – 191

KP – 552

MPN – 628

NCP – 430

PDP – 70, 290

PPA – 1,133

PPC – 616

PPN – 1,149

PPP – 671

PT – 368

RPNP – 602

SDP – 1,483

UDP – 384

UPN – 861

UPP – 515

YES – 1,692

YPP – 735

ZLP – 616

 

Ogun Polls: Adebutu Endorses Akinlade, Asks PDP Supporters To Vote APM

Ogun Polls: Adebutu Endorses Akinlade, Asks PDP Supporters To Vote APM

 

The drama in the Ogun State over who will succeed Governor Ibikunle Amosun took a new twist on Thursday, following an alliance between two political parties in the state.

This comes as a governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Ladi Adebutu, declares his support for the candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Adekunle Akinlade.

The agreement was reached at a closed-door meeting between some factional leaders of the PDP and leaders of the APM in Abeokuta, the state capital.

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The PDP factional chairman, Mr Sikirulai Ogundele, told reporters after the meeting that they have adopted the APM candidate for Saturday’s governorship election while their supporters have been directed to follow suit.

He commended the leadership quality of the APM candidate, stressing that Akinlade remains the best candidate for the job.

Both Akinlade and Adebutu are members of the House of Representatives, representing Egbado South/Ipokia and Ikenne/Shagamu/Remo North federal constituencies respectively.

The APM candidate, who has Governor Amosun’s backing, defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) following Dapo Abiodun’s emergence as the ruling party’s candidate.

On his part, Adebutu decided to endorse Akinlade’s governorship bid after he lost the PDP ticket to Senator Buruji Kashamu, despite having the support of the party’s national leadership.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recognised Senator Kashamu following a series of legal battles over who can conduct primary elections in the state.

In the latest judgement on the matter, a Federal High Court in Abeokuta dismissed Adebutu’s suit challenging the nomination of Kashamu as the PDP governorship candidate.

Justice Abubakar Shittu, in his ruling on Wednesday, held that the case was statute-barred, having been caught up with the Forth Alteration.

He ruled that the cause of action arose on April 12, 2018, whereas the suit was filed in December 2018.

The judge had thereafter prohibited the plaintiffs in the suit from re-litigating the issue of who has the power to conduct primary elections of the PDP in Ogun State and submit the list of candidates.

Ogun Elections: I Am Ready For The Job, Says Akinlade

Ogun Elections: I Am Ready For The Job, Says Akinlade

 

The governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in Ogun State, Adekunle Akinlade, says he is fully prepared to serve the people.

He stated this over the weekend while briefing reporters in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Akinlade was confident that with his level of preparedness for the job, he would hit the ground running if elected in the governorship and house of assembly elections scheduled to hold on March 9.

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He believes he has an advantage over other candidates in the race, stressing that he is well informed with the realities and intricacies of running a government.

The APM candidate, who represents Egbado South and Ipokia federal constituencies in the House of Representatives, had relaunched his campaign following the postponement of the polls initially scheduled to hold on March 2.

Also during the media chat, he highlighted his proposed policies and strategic plans aimed at meeting the needs of the people of the state.

I Did Not Lose The APC Primaries – Akinlade

 

The governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Hon. Adekunle Akinlade has said that contrary to media reports, he did not lose the APC primaries in Ogun state.

Akinlade was reportedly beaten by Dapo Abiodun in what has turned out to be a highly controversial primary election held by the ruling party.

Following the contention that characterised the APC primaries in Ogun state, Akinlade dumped the ruling party for the APM.

In an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Akinlade said he was the chosen candidate but was robbed of his opportunity to serve the Ogun people under the aegis of the APC.

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He told Channels Television’s Seun Okinbaloye on Sunday that the APC had an agreement to field a candidate from Ogun West in the next gubernatorial election but some members reneged on the consensus.

The lawmaker said the consensus was reached in a bid to give fairness and justice to Ogun West, seeing that the region had not produced a governor for the state in the last 43years.

He claimed that as far back as 2107, leaders of Ogun West came together and chose a candidate for the region. Adding that he was the individual selected at the meeting and was afterward presented to Governor Ibikunle Amosun who endorsed his candidature.

He, however, noted that some aggrieved of the party schemed to see that he does not run as the flagbearer, following a direct primary election which he described as “the worst electoral fraud in Ogun state”.

Stating that the past has been put behind him, Akinlade said he is happy for how bright the future looks as he bears the flag of the APM in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.

He said, “I am grateful for what the future holds for APM in Ogun state,” adding that the people will vote for the candidate who merits the position.

Visit to President Buhari

Earlier on Sunday, Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun and the governorship candidate of Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in the state, Adekunle Akinlade visited President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Buhari received them at the State House in Abuja.

Governor Amosun had earlier declared his support for the APM candidate.

The party primaries produced Dapo Abiodun as the APC governorship candidate but Akinlade described it as “the falsification of the people’s will,” and moved to APM.

Amosun Leads APM Governorship Candidate To Meet Buhari

Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun and the governorship candidate of Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in the state, Adekunle Akinlade, on Sunday visited President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Buhari received them at the State House in Abuja.

Governor Amosun had earlier declared his support for the APM candidate, who was initially an aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The party primaries produced Dapo Abiodun as the APC governorship candidate but Akinlade described it as “the falsification of the people’s will,” and moved to APM.

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 APM’s Akinlade Confident Of Winning Ogun Governorship Election

APM has since commenced ward to ward campaigns in Ogun State and adopted President Muhammadu Buhari as their presidential candidate.

A former governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba had earlier in December 2018, led the APC governorship candidate, Dapo Abiodun to President  Buhari at the villa in Abuja.

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Video: Amosun’s Look-Alike Addresses Crowd At Ogun APM Campaign

A look-alike of Governor Ibikunle Amosun caused quite a stir when he showed up at the campaign flag-off of the Allied Peoples Movement, APM, in Ogun state. 

The APM is fielding a former aide of Governor Ibikunle Amosun to run in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.

There was some buzz when the governor’s look-alike came up to the stage to address the crowd, as the people thought that the governor who is an APC chief had turned up for an opposition party’s rally.

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At the APM campaign which held in Abeokuta, the party adopted President Muhammadu Buhari as its presidential candidate.

The National Chairman of the APM, Alhaji Yusuf Dantalle, presented the party’s flag for the number one office to Buhari.

Dantelle presented the flag to Buhari who was represented by the APM governorship candidate in the state, Adekunle Akinlade.

The party chieftain urged the people to stand up for their freedom and for the emancipation of their land.

APM’s Akinlade Confident Of Winning Ogun Governorship Election

 

The governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in Ogun State, Mr Adekunle Akinlade is confident that his party will produce the next governor in the 2019 general elections.

Akinlade who was initially an aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that produced Mr Dapo Abiodun, described the party’s primary as “the falsification of the people’s will.”

According to him, his new party is positioned to succeed and sustain the rebuilding the legacies of outgoing Governor, Ibikunle Amosun.

Adekunle Akinlade

The APM unveiled Akinlade as its governorship candidate on Monday and also inaugurated a campaign team at Abeokuta the state capital, insisting that its decision is informed by a strong desire of the people of Ogun State.

He said, “APM, our great party will produce the next governor come March 2, 2019. It is not necessarily the platform but the people. It is not me, Kunle Akinlade but the people of Ogun State.

“They have said very clearly that this mandate is their mandate and they will stand by that mandate come March 2, 2019.”

Akinlade stressed that the APM has come to stay in Ogun, adding that vigorous campaign will be pursued by the party to ensure victory at the 2019 poll.

In his remarks, the Director General of Akinlade Campaign Organisation, Sarafa Ishola, explained that he decided to team up with the APM to correct injustice meted out to Akinlade and by extension Ogun West senatorial district by the APC.

Ishola, a former Secretary to the State Government (SSG), said APM will not only mobilise and vote for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari but will also ensure Governor Amosun wins his senatorial contest under APC.

2019 Polls: Ogun West Elders Pick Amosun’s Successor

2019 Polls: Ogun West Elders Pick Amosun's Successor

 

The Ogun West Elders Forum have announced Mr Adekunle Akinlade as their governorship candidate on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2019 general elections.

Mr Mohammed Olagbayi made the announcement on behalf of the forum on Wednesday after a closed-door meeting which lasted for hours at the residence of the late Poju Adeyemi in the state.

Akinlade, popularly known as Triple-A, was picked to succeed Governor Ibikunle Amosun in the presence of party executives, elders, and other aspirants in the zone.

Speaking after the announcement, an aspirant and the Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, Mr Suraj Adekunmbi, commended the leadership of the senatorial district for doing a good job at reaching a consensus.

He also congratulated Akinlade on his victory and assured him of the support of all, stressing that he can rely on their unflinching backing.

Another party member, Mr Dapo Oke, said he was happy to see Akinlade emerge as the ‘chosen one’ and appreciated other aspirants for being part of the history.

One of the aspirants, Mr Kola Bajomo, explained, “So that we would not be working against ourselves as Ogun West, we the aspirants came together, and we unanimously chose and agreed on the choice of Honourable Akinlade.”

In his response, Akindele thanked the party leaders and other aspirants, saying it was a project and vision for all.

He also assured them and other members of the party of an all-inclusive relationship.

Mr Akinlade is a serving member of the House of Representatives representing Egbado South and Ipokia Federal constituency at the National Assembly in Abuja.

He is a taxation expert and holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the Lagos State University.

The lawmaker hails from Ipokia Local Government Area in Ogun West Senatorial district of the state.