Amosun Reacts To Victory, Thanks Ogun People

Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun

 

Governor Ibikunle Amosun has commended security agencies for performing up to par in their job during last weekend’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.

The governor was declared the winner of Ogun Central Senatorial District in the early hours of Monday, February 25, after polling 88,110 votes to defeat his closest rival Solomon Sanyaolu of the Peoples Democratic Party who polled 33,276 votes.

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The result was announced by INEC’s returning officer, Professor Ayinde Akanbi.

The governor who dedicated his victory to the people of the state said the poll came and went peacefully in spite of speculations that it would be violence-ridden.He asked those who lost to take the result in good faith and work toward making the state stronger.

Governor Amosun promised to resume the campaign for his preferred governorship candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).

Amosun Wins Ogun Central Senatorial Seat

Ogun Rally: Amosun Replies APC, Says Allegation Is Ridiculous
A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun.

 

Governor Ibikunle Amosun has won the race for Ogun Central Senatorial Seat.

The Ogun State Governor was declared the winner of Ogun central senatorial District in the early hours of Monday, February 25.

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He polled 88,110 votes to defeat his closest rival Solomon Sanyaolu of the PDP who polled 33,276 votes.

The result was announced by INEC’s returning officer Professor Ayinde Akanbi.

 

APC Threatens To Punish Amosun Over Rowdy Ogun Rally

 

 

The All Progressives Congress has threatened to take punitive measures against Governor Ibikunle Amosun over the violence that marred the party’s rally in the state. 

In a statement by APC spokesman, Mallam Lanre-Issa Onilu, the party said the attacks by the crowd was premeditated.

Lanre-Issa Onilu said, ‘The All Progressives Congress (APC) regrets Monday’s premeditated attacks sponsored by Governor Ibikunle Amosun on President Muhammadu Buhari and other senior party leaders at the venue of the presidential campaign rally in Ogun State.

‘This is one act of indiscipline too many. The APC will not condone acts of indiscipline, indiscretion and anti-party activities from any party member no matter how highly placed.

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“The party will review this gross misconduct of deliberately positioning thugs to attack and embarras the President and the party’s leadership. The party will take a decision on this matter immediately after the elections”.

The spokesman said party supremacy and discipline according to the APC’s constitution are not matters of choice but binding principles which must be adhered to by all party members.

“The APC is a party known for discipline, justice, fairness and equality hence any plan to destroy what this party stands for would be rejected. No single person will be allowed to put his personal and selfish interests ahead of the wishes of the people of Ogun state and elsewhere.

“Post primaries, the decision of the National Working Committee to uphold the wishes of party members is unbendable. Therefore, whatever means being presently deployed by persons intending to undermine the wishes of the people for personal gains will not be tolerated”.

APC urged the party supporters and members not to be disturbed by Monday’s condemnable incident.

“We urge all to continue trooping out enmasse for our remaining campaigns and vote massively for ALL and ONLY APC candidates in the forthcoming general elections”.

Amaechi, Amosun, Others Test-Run Section Of Lagos-Ibadan Rail Project

 

A test-run of the completed section of the 156km Lagos-Ibadan rail modernisation project was carried out on Friday, February 8. 

On the ride for the inspection were the Minister of transport, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state, Senator Ashafa, traditional rulers and other government functionaries as well as the management staff of the Nigerian railway corporation.

The Managing Director of the rail corporation Eng. Fidelis Okhiria was very upbeat about the achievement.

Okhiria said the people can now travel for free from Iju, Lagos to Abeokuta for about a month, using the newly-completed trains by the Federal Government.

He said non-commercial operations will begin next week, between Iju and Abeokuta.

According to Mr Okhiria, the train will run the route 4times a day, he added that by the end of May, the Lagos-Ibadan tracks will be completed.

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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.

I Never Claimed To Have Gotten A Degree From OAU – Dapo Abiodun

 

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Ogun State, Mr Dapo Abiodun, has reacted to the certificate scandal hanging over his campaign, insisting the whole matter is down to mudslinging.

During an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, Mr Abiodun said he was not worried about the scandal.

“There are no issues about my certificate,” he said, adding, “I never claimed to have finished from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University).”

The APC candidate has faced allegations that he submitted conflicting educational qualifications to the Independent National Electoral Commission in 2015 when he ran for Senate and this year in his quest to become governor of his state.

Of contention is the allegation that he claimed to have obtained a degree from the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, an allegation he denies.

“I never claimed to have gotten a degree from the University of Ife,” he insisted when asked about the matter.

He, however, said he studied at the university, but he didn’t graduate from there.

When asked about some profiles of him that indicate he had a B.A in Accounting, replied, “But that is not from Ife”.

When his attention was subsequently drawn to the argument of those who fault claims that he bagged B.A in accounting on the grounds that the institution did not issue B.A. certificates in accounting, he blamed the controversy on political attacks.

“This has all been an attempt at mudslinging and to confuse the electorate and it is bundled with a lot of half-truths,” he said.

“I never claimed to have studied accounting at the University of Ife. I never claimed to get it (the degree) from the University of Ife. So, this issue has been presented as the presenter wanted it presented.”

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Asked to clarify what degrees he had, Mr Abiodon said, “I do have a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and I will like to stop at that because this matter will be sub judice if I go any further.”

Stressing that the matter was in court, he declined to comment further on it when questioned about where he got his degree and the veracity of the certificate he indicated he had in his form for senatorial election in 2015.

Open To Reconciliation With Amosun

Mr Abiodun’s emergence as the governorship candidate of the APC in Ogun had created a rift in the party in the state with Governor Ibikunle Amosun refusing to back him, and preferring to support Mr Adekunle Akinlade who has dumped the APC after it backed Abiodun to fly its flag in the race.

The rift also pitted Governor Amosun against the National Chairman of the APC, Mr Adams Oshiomhole with both men trading accusations.

Concerning the crisis in the state chapter of the party, Mr Abiodun said, “Governor Amosun is my governor. I am positively disposed to reconciling with everyone and anyone, particularly my governor; he is a governor in my party.

“I believe these issues are issues that are internal to our party. It is unfortunate that it has come to the public fore. But I am sure that at the right time, these issues will be reconciled.”

Mr Oshiomhole has been accused of working for Mr Abiodun’s emergence as the party’s candidate against the wishes of the major stakeholders of the party in the state.

But Mr Abiodun insists he won fairly.

He said, “I don’t know about favoured candidates. I don’t think that primary elections are won by favoured candidates. Adams Oshiomhole did not come to conduct my elections in Ogun. I don’t see how anyone will begin to accuse Adams Oshiomhole as favouring me in place of some other persons.

“It is not unusual that we have these kinds of issues arise when we have primary elections within a party. It is not unusual and it is not the first time. It is just that this has been a bit more contentious than ordinarily, we have seen in the past.

“A body was set up to conduct my elections, that body conducted the elections, I emerged from that process and I have been declared the winner of that election and I remain the validly elected winner of that election.”

Qualitative Governance

Away from the conflicts surrounding his campaign, Mr Abiodun is optimistic that he has solid plans for the state.

His vision is to give Ogun State a “focused and qualitative governance and create the enabling environment for a public-private partnership which is fundamental to the creation of an enduring economic development and the individual prosperity of all” in the state.

For him, a public-private partnership is critical for the enduring development of any state.

Also, the APC candidate believes that the internally generated revenue of the state will rise significantly if the state is able to “consciously and willfully” attract both local and foreign direct investors.

According to him, although there are several top companies located in the state, they did not commence operations there because they were encouraged to set up operations in the state.

“You will find out that most of them are in Ogun State not because there was a willful attempt to bring them in. They’ve come to Ogun State because it is convenient. It is very close to Lagos; the land mass is there and the people are there,” he said.

If elected, to fix the problem, Mr Abiodun said his administration will ensure that it increases the ranking of Ogun State on the global ease of doing business ranking.

The ranking, he explained, is measured by how easy it is to come to the state, set up a business, register a business, acquire land, employ people, and resolve disputes and so on.

Coming from a private sector background he said he would ensure that doing business in the state becomes a pleasurable experience and such things as dealing with multiple agencies when trying to set up a business to the state.

“It would be a pleasurable experience. We will endear you to come to Ogun State and invest,” he added.

As for his hopes and chances in the forthcoming election, the APC governorship candidate is of the view that the election will be won by the person who is able to show the electorate that “he is capable of leading the state”.

Narrowing it down, he believes he is that person.

“I believe that Ogun State citizens are very, very educated. They are a very educated electorate and I must remind you that that’s where Awolowo comes from.”

The level of education and awareness, to him, is major for his confidence that victory is within reach.

Amosun Distances Self From Oshiomhole’s Reported Ordeal With DSS

Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun

 

 

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has distanced himself from the travail of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole with the Department of State Services (DSS).

Addressing journalists on Thursday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, the governor said he had nothing to with the alleged problems which the National Chairman of the party is facing with the secret service.

While reacting to media reports that he and his Imo State counterpart, Rochas Okorocha were behind Oshiomhole’s investigation, Amosun said the question should not be directed to him.

He said, “I think you are probably giving me an oversight role and I am not a security person, so clearly I think that question will not be for me.

“I don’t have to hide under a finger to fight. If there is a need for me to put my views across, you know me by now that I will do it.”

The governor, however, did not state any reason for his frequent visit to the Presidential Villa.

He pledged never to say anything regarding the crisis in the ruling party over the recently conducted primary elections.

 

2019: Amosun Replies Oshiomhole, Accuses Him Of Aiding Plot To Hijack Ogun Govt

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State (L) and APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole have continued to trade blames over the controversy that has trailed the conduct of primaries in the state.

 

The controversy generated by the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries in Ogun State continued on Saturday with Governor Ibikunle Amosun accusing the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, of falsehood and of attempting to help hijack the state government.

According to a statement by the Ogun government on Saturday, contrary to the position of the APC National Chairman, “the only gubernatorial primary held in the state was that of October 02, 2018, which produced Hon Adekunle Akinlade as the winner”.

The statement was in reaction to a press briefing by Mr Oshiomhole on Friday, during which he accused the Ogun governor of taking series of steps in a bid to impose his preferred candidates on the APC and contravening the party’s constitution.

Oshiomhole has also insisted that the authentic governorship primary conducted by the APC in Ogun produced Mr Dapo Abiodun and not Akinlade as the party’s governorship candidate.

The Ogun governor, however, faulted Oshiomhole’s position and the language he used to express the same.

“Governor Amosun notes the unsavoury language used against him by the garrulous party chairman, but he will not descend into the gutter to exchange words with him because where he comes from, there are “acceptable standards of conduct expected of people holding certain offices, a virtue he wishes Oshiomhole would exhibit”, a statement by the Ogun State Commissioner for Information, Mr Adedayo Adeneye, read.

The governor explained that the emergence of Akinlade was initially through a consensus arrangement as allowed by the party constitution but was nevertheless subjected to a primary election when some gubernatorial aspirants disagreed with the outcome of the consensus arrangement.

“This is, however, without prejudice to the sanctity of the consensus arrangement which Adams Oshiomhole hypocritically tries to demonise,” Governor Amosun added, faulting the APC chairman’s criticism of his plan for consensus candidates.

He argued that “Oshiomhole himself was elected National Chairman of the APC by consensus arrangement which witnessed all other contestants to the office being prevailed upon to step down for him (Oshiomhole)”.

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Governor Amosun also accused Oshiomhole of double standards, saying, “The ground on which Oshiomhole disputes the gubernatorial primary in Ogun State is that the result was not announced by the State Electoral Committee from Abuja, therefore the governor resorted to self-help”.

“We wonder why Oshiomhole accepted the result of the primary election in Lagos State whose result was also not announced by the State Electoral Panel. Why will the same scenario be acceptable in Lagos State but regarded as self-help in Ogun State?” he added.

Primary Winners In Limbo?

The Ogun governor called on Nigerians to note the actions of Oshiomhole, stressing that “as at today, November 03, which is 24 hours after the deadline for submission of names of candidates for the house of assembly, Oshiomhole has not given INEC party candidate form (cf001) to any of the 26 candidates who won the primaries for the ticket to contest for the Ogun State house of assembly”.

For those positions, Amosun said “the primary was conducted on October 07 by the State Electoral Committee headed by Col. Ali Ciroma. This is despite the fact that the State Chairman of the party had kept vigil at the national secretariat of the APC in the last two weeks to collect the forms”.

He added, “If Oshiomhole is denying the outcome of the gubernatorial primaries because the State Electoral Committee shied away from announcing the result, what is the reason for denying all the 26 candidates for the House of Assembly freely elected by members of the APC in Ogun State?”
Furthermore, the governor accused Oshiomhole of unilaterally replacing four of the nine winners of the primary election into the House of Representatives.

Allegations and counter allegations

At Friday’s press briefing in the nation’s capital Abuja, Oshiomhole told reporters that the party had conducted direct primaries in Ogun State after Governor Amosun tried unsuccessfully to get members of the party to accept “consensus candidates”.

He said rather than comply with the decision of the National Executive Council of the APC, the governor attempted to coerce the party members to do his bidding and accept candidates he unilaterally picked.

The governor’s intention, according to Oshiomhole, came to light at a meeting he convened before the primaries.

Oshiomhole said, “At the meeting – this is no secret, I expect that some of your media houses will have video clips of what transpired at that meeting because it wasn’t a closed-door meeting; it was an open meeting, Governor Amosun in his wisdom decided to introduce a ‘third element’ which didn’t feature in the resolutions of the National Executive Council.

“He announced that Ogun State was going to adopt consensus and he proceeded to define what in his view constitutes a consensus.

“And having defined it to mean the pronouncement of the governor, he went on to announce what, according to him, represents a consensus candidate. He announced one Akinlade as the next governor. He proceeded to announce another gentleman, whom he said would be the deputy governor; consensus!

“He went on to proclaim himself as the next senator through consensus and he says the current senator in his own Senatorial zone, Senator Tejuoso, will step aside so that he, Ibikunle Amosun, at the end of his tenure as governor of Ogun State, will proceed to the Senate. According to him, this is his own consensus.

“He went on to also announce that the second Senator also, from Ogun State will step aside and another gentleman will come in place of that senator. And according to him, this pronouncement is a consensus.

“Not done, governor Amosun went on to announce a particular gentleman, who will be the next Speaker. He went on to announce another one who will be the next deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly.

“Governor Amosun, according to his own definition of consensus, also unilaterally pronounced that of the eight seats of House of Representatives members, seven will not return according to him, only one will return. This he claimed is a consensus.

“He went on to list other members of the House of Assembly who will seek re-election and those who will not seek re-election. All through, he announced about 40 names which according to him constitute consensus.”

The APC National Chairman said the party, however, refused to accept the governor’s actions because they were “undemocratic”.

He said, “Our constitution does not recognise emperors. There are not emperors in the APC, if anybody attempts to invent himself as an emperor, it will be an enterprise in futility.

“Based on our rules, we have since conducted primaries and submitted the name of the winner, Prince Dapo Abiodun, to INEC for the purpose of the forthcoming governorship election that for me has concluded that matter.”

‘A New Chapter’

On his part, Amosun claims Oshiomhole is the one in the wrong and has engaged in “offshore rigging”.

He said, “In his conduct, Oshiomhole is opening a new chapter in the history of elections in Nigeria – a situation where a gang of desperate politicians will sit somewhere in another state and write the result of an election that never took place; what our people creatively refer to as “Offshore Rigging”. This is what Oshiomhole and his gang are trying to foist on Ogun State.

“Lawyers say, “you cannot build something on nothing”. Oshiomhole and his gang are trying to build a storey building of fraud on nothing”.

The governor also rejected the claims of Oshiomole that he attempted to withdraw the security of the State Electoral Committee when the APC National Working Committee opted to proceed with direct primaries.

“As regards the claim of Oshiomhole that Sen Amosun withdrew the security of the panel, Indabawa, Chairman of the panel, is a retired Commissioner of Police. He came into Ogun State with a full complement of police team which he claimed was provided for him by a Deputy Inspector General of Police. How could Amosun have withdrawn policemen he did not assign or over whom he had no control?” the statement read.

“All of these have clearly shown that the motive of Oshiomhole is not the rule of law which he proclaims on the rooftop. It is rather, an evil plan with some collaborators, desperate to hijack the government of Ogun State and add it to the harem of states under their rapacious gang of exploiters.

“As we have stated before, this evil design will not succeed in Ogun State. Our people are too educated, exposed and sophisticated to come under such odious arrangement. On a general note, Oshiomhole, who became the APC Chairman barely three months ago, is already threatening to write the epitaph of the party in his 100 days of ignominy.”

Read The Full Statement By The Ogun State Government Below:

The  Lies  Oshiomhole Represents
.. He and his collaborators will fail in Ogun State
-Amosun
The Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has stated that the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, lacks respect for truth and decency.
The governor who was reacting to statements credited to Comrade Adams Oshiomole on the controversy trailing the primaries of the party in Ogun State also stated that the design of Adams Oshiomhole and his collaborators to hijack the government of Ogun State and hand it over to a gang of rapacious expansionists in the South West will fail.
A statement signed by Adedayo Adeneye, the Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, states that Governor Amosun notes the unsavoury language used against him by the garrulous party chairman, but that he will not descend into the gutter to exchange words with him because where he comes from, there are “acceptable standards of conduct expected of people holding certain offices, a virtue he wishes Oshiomhole would exhibit”.
Governor Amosun restated the contention of the APC leadership in Ogun State that the only gubernatorial primary held in the State was that of October 02, 2018 which produced Hon. Adekunle Akinlade as winner. He said the emergence of Akinlade was initially through a consensus arrangement as allowed by the party constitution but was nevertheless subjected to a primary election when some gubernatorial aspirants disagreed with the outcome of the consensus arrangement.
“This is however, without prejudice to the sanctity of the consensus arrangement which Adams Oshiomhole hypocritically tries to demonise. Nigerians will recall that Oshiomhole himself was elected National Chairman of the APC by consensus arrangement which witnessed all other contestants to the office being prevailed upon to step down for him (Oshiomhole).
The ground on which Oshiomhole disputes the gubernatorial primary in Ogun State is that the result was not announced by the State Electoral Committee from Abuja, therefore the governor resorted to self-help. We wonder why Oshiomhole accepted the result of the primary election in Lagos State whose result was also not announced by the State Electoral Panel. Why will the same scenario be acceptable in Lagos State but regarded as self-help in Ogun State? Is it because it was executed by the Capo Di Tutti in Lagos State?
“We wish to call the attention of Nigerians to another evil being perpetrated by Oshiomhole in Ogun State. As at today November 03, which is 24 hours after the deadline for submission of names of candidates for the House of Assembly, Oshiomhole has not given INEC Party Candidate Form (CF001) to any of the 26 candidates who won the primaries for the ticket to contest for the Ogun State House of Assembly. The primary was conducted on October 07 by the State Electoral Committee headed by Col. Ali Ciroma. This is despite the fact that the State Chairman of the party had kept vigil at the national secretariat of the APC in the last two weeks to collect the forms. If Oshiomhole is denying the outcome of the gubernatorial primaries because the State Electoral Committee shied away from announcing the result, what is the reason for denying all the 26 candidates for the House of Assembly freely elected by members of the APC in Ogun State? We want Nigerians to note the duplicity and meddlesomeness of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and his gang in the affairs of the APC in Ogun State.
“It is also important to note that Oshiomhole unilaterally replaced four of the nine winners of the primary election into the House of Representatives. This includes Hon. Mikhail Kazzim, a serving member of the House who won the primaries by defeating Olumide, the son of Chief Olusegun Osoba, with 28,802 votes to Osoba’s 4,209. Oshiomhole removed Hon. Kazzim who won the primaries and replaced him with the man he had serially defeated, not only in the last primary election but also in the general election of 2015. In yet another instance in Ado Odo – Ota Federal Constituency, Oshiomhole substituted the winner of the primary for the House of Representatives, Hon. Rotimi Rahmon with the name of Hon. Jimoh Ojugbele, who did not even contest to go back to the House of Representatives but contested the primary for the Senate and was defeated.
“In his conduct, Oshiomhole is opening a new chapter in the history of elections in Nigeria- a situation where a gang of desperate politicians will sit somewhere in another state and write the result of an election that never took place; what our people creatively refer to as “Offshore Rigging”!.  This is what Oshiomhole and his gang are trying to foist on Ogun State. Lawyers say “you cannot build something on nothing”. Oshiomhole and his gang are trying to build a storey building of fraud on nothing.
The governor also dismissed the claims of Oshiomole that he withdrew the security of the State Electoral Committee. “As regards the claim of Oshiomhole that Sen. Amosun withdrew the security of the panel, Indabawa, Chairman of the panel, is a retired Commissioner of Police. He came into Ogun State with a full complement of police team which he claimed was provided for him by a Deputy Inspector General of Police. How could Amosun have withdrawn policemen he did not assign or over whom he had no control?
“All of these have clearly shown that the motive of Oshiomhole is not the rule of law which he proclaims on the roof top. It is rather, an evil plan with some collaborators, desperate to hijack the government of Ogun State and add it to the harem of states under their rapacious gang of exploiters.
“As we have stated before, this evil design will not succeed in Ogun State. Our people are too educated, exposed and sophisticated to come under such odious arrangement. On a general note, Oshiomhole, who became the APC Chairman barely three months ago, is already threatening to write the epitaph of the party in his 100 days of ignominy.
Governor Amosun concludes the statement with an advice for Oshiomhole:”To Oshiomhole and his motley crew of co-travellers in ignominy, be assured that the music has just begun and we hope that you will enjoy the macabre dance to the music of justice”.
“By the Grace of God and the support of the good people of Ogun State, Hon. Adekunle Abdulkadir Akinlade will be sworn in as the new governor of Ogun State on May 29, 2019”, the statement concluded.
Adedayo Adeneye
Hon. Commissioner for Information and Strategy
Ogun State
03 November 2018

2019: Oshiomhole Slams Amosun, Okorocha Over Primaries

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, on Friday criticised Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and his Imo State counterpart Governor Rochas Okorocha for their actions during and after the APC primaries.

At a press briefing in the nation’s capital Abuja, Mr Oshiomhole accused both governors of undermining the APC constitution and democratic principles in a bid to impose their preferred candidates on party members.

The APC primaries had led to crisis within some state chapters of the party with Governors Amosun and Okorocha among those that have publicly criticised Mr Oshiomhole over the manner in which the party conducted the primaries.

Mr Oshiomhole had previously defended his actions insisting he would not sacrifice his conscience to please any governor.

On Friday, he further explained his position concerning the primaries and the aftermath, taking aim at the governors of Ogun and Imo in particular.

The APC governorship primary in Ogun became mired in controversy when the APC’s National Working Committee, which is headed by Mr Oshiomhole, insisted that Mr Dapo Abiodun won the legitimate primary in the state, while Governor Amosun maintained that Adekunle Akinlade was the candidate chosen by the members of the party in the state.

According to Mr Oshiomhole, trouble started when the governor ignored the decision of the National Executive Council of the APC as well as the provisions of the party’s constitution by trying to force the majority of the members to do his bidding – accept candidates he unilaterally picked.

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He explained that the governor’s intention came to light when he failed to fully comply by the party’s decision at a stakeholders’ meeting he called in the state ahead of the primaries.

Oshiomhole said, “At the meeting – this is no secret, I expect that some of your media houses will have video clips of what transpired at that meeting because it wasn’t a closed-door meeting; it was an open meeting, Governor Amosun in his wisdom decided to introduce a ‘third element’ which didn’t feature in the resolutions of the National Executive Council.

“He announced that Ogun State was going to adopt consensus and he proceeded to define what in his view constitutes a consensus.

“And having defined it to mean the pronouncement of the governor, he went on to announce what, according to him, represents a consensus candidate. He announced one Akinlade as the next governor. He proceeded to announce another gentleman, whom he said would be the deputy governor; consensus!

“He went on to proclaim himself as the next senator through consensus and he says the current senator in his own Senatorial zone, Senator Tejuoso, will step aside so that he, Ibikunle Amosun, at the end of his tenure as governor of Ogun State, will proceed to the Senate. According to him, this is his own consensus.

“He went on to also announce that the second Senator also, from Ogun State will step aside and another gentleman will come in place of that senator. And according to him, this pronouncement is a consensus.

“Not done, governor Amosun went on to announce a particular gentleman who will be the next Speaker. He went on to announce another one who will be the next deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly.

“Governor Amosun, according to his own definition of consensus, also unilaterally pronounced that of the eight seats of House of Representatives members, seven will not return according to him, only one will return. This he claimed is a consensus.

“He went on to list other members of the House of Assembly who will seek re-election and those who will not seek re-election. All through, he announced about 40 names which according to him constitute consensus.”

Many key members of the party, however, rejected the consensus arrangements after which the governor said they would have to go for direct primaries, according to Oshiomhole.

The state executive of the party subsequently wrote to the NWC informing them of the plan to conduct direct primaries, which was approved.

After plans were finalised for the direct primaries, the APC National Chairman added, the Governor pulled out of the primary with his candidate after the party refused to do his bidding, describing his actions “undemocratic”.

He explained that afterward, the governor turned to the court but failed to do so after which he resorted to “name dropping” and attempts to intimidate him.
Insisting he won’t be intimidated into supporting illegality, Mr Oshiomhole said,

“Our constitution does not recognise emperors. There are not emperors in the APC, if anybody attempts to invent himself as an emperor, it will be an enterprise in futility.

“Based on our rules, we have since conducted primaries and submitted the name of the winner, Prince Dapo Abiodun, to INEC for the purpose of the forthcoming governorship election that for me has concluded that matter.”

‘I Can’t Help Create A Rochas Okorocha Political Dynasty’

As for the situation in Imo State, Mr Oshiomhole, who was speaking just one day after Governor Okorocha accused him of acting unilaterally and of lacking the full support of President Muhammadu Buhari, said the governor had himself to blame for the crisis in the party.

He alleged that the governor was only upset with him because he refused to support the governor’s attempt to use the APC as a platform to launch a dynasty which will see his family members and relatives occupy major positions in the state.

Mr Oshiomhole said that it was “embarrassing” that the governor who benefitted from democratic principles enforced by the national leadership of the party wants to be supported to engage in undemocratic actions.

He said, “Governor Rochas Okorocha, the chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, is a beneficiary of the court process, we rescued him. The primary conducted by my predecessor completely swept governor Okorocha out of the system – from ward, local government to the state.

“What I am not able to do for Governor Okorocha is to assist him with the instrument of the APC to help him to build a political dynasty.”

The APC National Chairman warned that he would not be intimidated by the attacks he has faced because of the primaries in Imo.

“If governor Rochas chose to relocate to the Villa and use the grounds of Villa to try to intimidate me to create a dynasty, I won’t accept it,” he said.

“I will uphold the truth in the best interest of the APC members and indeed of the APC people in Imo State. The truth does not require a supporters’ club to stand, it has its own legs, and it can stand.”

Governor Amosun Declares Intention To Run For Senate In 2019

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun

 

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has formally declared his intention to run for Senate in the 2019 general elections.

He made the declaration on Wednesday during a meeting with the members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

During the declaration, the governor opted for a consensus governorship candidate for the 2019 election.

He advised the party members to accept the consensus result in good faith without which the next option would be direct primary.

Amosun, Kalu, Others Visit Buhari In Daura

 

The Governors of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, Plateau State, Simon Lalong, former Governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu on Wednesday visited President Muhammadu Buhari at his hometown in Daura, Katsina State.

Other dignitaries who visited the President include Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu Kazaure, and Senator Uche Ekwunife.

President Buhari earlier arrived Daura on Monday evening to celebrate Eid-El-Kabir.

In his Sallah message, the President called on citizens to promote harmony and tolerance in dealing with one another at all times.

He urged all Muslims to use the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations for sober reflection and self-examination, as well as strive to be good ambassadors of Islam by upholding high moral values.

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We Have Created Over 500,000 Jobs In Ogun State – Amosun 

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun

 

The Ogun State Government says to a large extent, it has resolved the issue of unemployment in the state by creating over 500,000 jobs within the past seven years.

The Governor, Ibikunle Amosunstated this during the state’s Investors Forum in Abeokuta, the capital on Tuesday while listing his administration’s achievements so far.

“I am sure since we have been there we have created more than 500,000 jobs for our people,” he said while listing his government’s achievements so far.

“I am not talking about liberal jobs. These are jobs that people can begin to plan and say this is my life, I want to build this,” he said.

Mr Amosun also reiterated his administration’s support towards empowering the people of the state through initiatives that would make the state more viable for business.

He explained that his mission was to make the state an industrial hub for investors.

“There cannot be any development if the infrastructures are not there. Now that infrastructure is there, and security is there, all of those businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, everybody is coming to Ogun State.

“It is when they come that we will now begin to say we are now creating wealth, employment for our people. Look at what Unilever is doing. The last time I went there in 2014, they said their new plant would employ 1,500 jobs in three shifts.

“By the time you add the drivers, we are talking about 5,000 (jobs) in one outfit. People will not know but we are putting pen on paper.”

Also addressing issue4s surrounding climate change, Amosun explained that the state was mindful of the effect of cutting down trees without replacement.

He, however, maintained that his government was striking a balance by falling trees with replacement in collaboration with the United Nations’ initiative.

“We are collaborating with Lafarge. Lafarge has this cooperation with the United Nations. So we are part of it and they are trying to preserve Aworo forest where they are trying to plant 100,000 trees.”