‘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.

UPDATED: APC Suspends Okorocha, Amosun, Queries Akeredolu

APC NWC Suspends Okorocha, Amosun

 

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended the governors of Imo and Ogun States, Rochas Okorocha and Ibikunle Amosun.

The APC National Publicity Secretary, Mr Lanre Issa-Onilu, confirmed this to Channels Television on Friday.

According to him, the NWC suspended the governors following the allegations of anti-party activities levelled against them.

Issa-Onilu disclosed that upon the suspension, the committee further recommended the expulsion of governors Okorocha and Amosun to the National Executive Council of the party.


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He issued a statement, in which he revealed that the NWC also suspended the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Uguru Usani, and the Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr Osita Okechukwu, allegedly for the same offence.

The APC spokesman said the decision was reached at a meeting of the committee presided by party’s national chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.

He revealed that the NWC would issue a query to Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, for “his glaring anti-party activities”.

The party claimed that the action of the governor affected the fortunes of its candidates in the recently-conducted Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.

The statement read, “Recall that the NWC had earlier written to the suspended governors on their anti-party activities, and several other steps were taken to ensure they desist from taking actions that are inimical to the interests of our party and candidates.

“Notably, these individuals have not shown any remorse and have actually stepped up their actions. The party reviewed the serial anti-party activities of the concerned individuals before and during the last Presidential and National Assembly elections in their respective states and resolved to enforce party discipline in line with our Constitution.

“The NWC noted how the suspended members have continued to campaign openly for other parties and candidates that are unknown to our great party, even while they have constituted themselves as opposition to APC candidates in their respective states.”

The APC said it was closely monitoring the activities of its members across the country, especially in the states the suspended members belong to.

It, therefore, warned its members who take any action in line with the directives of the suspended members to undermine its candidates in the coming elections would face disciplinary actions.

The ruling party congratulated its supporters on the victories recorded in the last elections, and particularly, the re-election of President Buhari for a second term.

“This could not have happened if not for the hard work and commitment of our members,” it said, adding, “We therefore urge all our members to unite and work ever harder to ensure victory for our candidates across the states in the coming governorship and House of Assembly elections.”

It, however, asked its members to disregard directives and actions of the suspended individuals, saying it would continue to live by the dictate of its Constitution.

Governor Okorocha contested for the Imo West Senatorial District seat while Governor Amosun contested that of Ogun Central in the just-concluded elections.

Both governors won the poll in their states, although the returning officer in Imo State said he declared Okorocha the winner “under duress”.

Okorocha is supporting his son-in-law and candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in Imo, Uche Nwosu, to succeed him as governor, as against the APC candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma.

On his part, Amosun is against the candidature of APC’s Dapo Abiodun in Ogun and is giving his support to the candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Adekunle Akinlade.

Before he won the election, President Muhammadu Buhari had during his campaign visited Imo and Ogun States where some drama played out over the choice of candidates.

The atmosphere was tense at the rally in Ogun State where some supporters allegedly loyal to APM pelted the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, while he was addressing the gathering, forcing him to end his speech abruptly.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had mocked the APC following the incident, while the ruling party vowed to sanction Governor Amosun after the elections.

Amosun, Wife Queue To Vote In Abeokuta

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun joins the queue in Ward 6 unit 8, Itagbangba Abeokuta South Local Government Area of the state to participate in the general elections.

 

Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, and his wife, Olufunso arrive at their polling unit to cast their votes.

The governor and his wife arrived at about 11:08 am in Ward 6 unit 8, Itagbangba Abeokuta South Local Government Area of the state to participate in the general elections.

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Elections: Amosun Warns Politicians Against Rigging In Ogun

Elections: Amosun Warns Politicians Against Rigging In Ogun

 

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has warned individuals, groups, and political parties to shelve the intention of rigging during the general elections in the state.

He gave the warning on Monday after an inter-party meeting of leaders and agents that have declared support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election in Ogun Central senatorial district of the state.

“This election has been won and lost,” Governor Amosun told reporters in Abeokuta, the state capital.

He added, “I am appealing to those that have ideas that they want to rig, Mr President has spoken; anybody that has such idea should pend that thought.”

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The governor noted that President Buhari’s warning against such intentions should be enough to discourage people with such intent.

He said he was latching on to that warning to echo the zero tolerance for violence and electoral malpractices in the state during the polls.

According to Governor Amosun, one of the reasons rigging should not be an option is because of the violence that usually comes when people perceive that they have been cheated.

He said, “Our consolation lies in the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari has said it repeatedly that this election will be the freest in the history of this country.

“For me, let me latch onto that and repeat for the umpteenth time; we are appealing to them, when God gives you position, they should use that position to benefit their people.”

Ogun Rally: Amosun Replies APC, Says Allegation Is Ridiculous

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

 

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has denied allegations the All Progressives Congress (APC) that he sponsored thugs to the presidential rally of the party in the state.

He faulted the claims in a statement by his Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Mr Rotimi Durojaiye, and obtained by Channels Television on Wednesday.

Amosun said it was ridiculous that a party would accuse a governor of sponsoring thugs to the rally organised and hosted by him in his state.

The reactions followed the APC presidential campaign which held on Monday in Abeokuta where the party’s National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, was booed and stoned by some angry people at the gathering.

A day after the incident, APC National Publicity Secretary, Mr Lanre Issa-Onilu, issued a statement in which the party threatened to take punitive measures against Governor Amosun.


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Responding to the threat, Amosun’s aided, “The position of the governor is that rather than dissipate their energy on those they will deal with after election, Comrade Oshiomole and his co-travellers should be remorseful that their anti-democratic conduct has denied the APC scores of legislative seats and a number of executive positions across the country even before the elections.

“They do not need to wait until after the election, they should throw in the towel now for undermining the chances of the party they have cornered for their selfish ends,” he added.

Commenting on the allegation that the governor sponsored thugs to the presidential rally, Durojaye said it was clearly ridiculous that someone would author such a statement.

He noted that as the governor of the state, Amosun was not only the host at the rally but he organised the grand reception for President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The relationship between President Buhari and Governor Amosun is well known,” Durojaye stated. “It is, therefore, unthinkable that someone will allege that Governor Amosun will organise thugs against the President.”

Amosun’s aide, however, claimed that issuing the statement was a confirmation of “the personification of the APC by Comrade Oshimhole who is using the party to ventilate his personal grouse against Governor Amosun.”

He also accused the national chairman of the party of meting out injustice to a majority of APC supporters in Ogun, stressing that such would not stand.

“Mr President was given an unprecedented rousing welcome into the Moshood Abiola Stadium on arrival and the atmosphere at the rally remained peaceful and carnival-like until former Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola and Comrade Oshiomhole incensed the crowd with their unguarded speeches,” Durojaye alleged.

He said, “It is important to note that contrary to the erroneous impression being created that President Buhari campaign tour ended abruptly, President Buhari attended all campaign activities as scheduled after the rally at the stadium.”

The governor’s aide disclosed that the President met the Ogun State Council of Traditional Rulers at the June 12 Cultural Centre where he addressed 1,012 traditional rulers and chiefs.

He added that President Buhari had a private lunch at the Presidential Lodge before departing Ogun State as scheduled.

General Elections: Amosun Assures Buhari Of “Massive Votes” From Ogun

 

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has assured President Muhammadu Buhari of massive votes from the state ahead of next month’s presidential election.

Addressing journalists on Sunday at the State House in Abuja, the governor said he is confident that President Buhari will coast to victory in the coming polls.

He said, “I think its proper for us to come and say Happy New Year to him and to reassure him of our unalloyed support and to ensure that in the coming election, in the context of the south-west, Ogun State is not left behind and that we are going to give him a massive vote that has never seen in the history of Ogun state.

“I know that Mr President has already won the election because if you see his work, it speaks for him”.

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Speaking further, he applauded the President for his efforts in boosting agriculture, infrastructure and the economy through various programmes.
According to him, through the initiatives, the middle class is gradually being brought back.

“Gradually, Mr President is bringing back the middle class through all the infrastructure that he is putting in place, the revolution that he is bringing to bear in agriculture, all the social safety nets that he is bringing on board, N-Power, Tradermoni and all of those things and gradually, the middle-class is coming back,” Amosun said.

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 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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‘Buhari Will Win Massively’ In Ogun Senatorial Districts, Says Amosun

‘Buhari Will Win Massively’ In Ogun Senatorial Districts, Says Amosun
President Muhammadu Buhari exchanges pleasantries with Governor Ibikunle Amosun at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on December 24, 2018.

 

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state will work for President Muhammadu Buhari’s success in the general elections in 2019.

Addressing a crowd of supporters on Thursday at a rally in Abeokuta, he promised that the party would deliver the three senatorial districts of the state to the President.

“Ogun State is the home of President Muhammadu Buhari, let us let them know,” the governor said at his campaign for Ogun Central senatorial district.”

“Come 16 February 2019, by the benevolence of the Almighty God and the support of all of you, President Muhammadu Buhari will win massively in the three senatorial districts in our state.”

He added, “From 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari has focused on delivering on his three major campaign promises – security, curbing corruption and the economy.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has systematically blocked leakages through which enemies of our country siphoned our resources.”

Governor Amosun thereafter listed the successes recorded by his administration in the last seven and a half year, stressing that the state has become the industrial capital of the nation.

He, however, decried that some of their members were aiding those who he claimed were envious of their achievements to frustrate their effort at developing the state.

Amosun alleged, “We cannot but put it on record that a group who perhaps are envious of the successes that we have jointly made on our mission to rebuild our dear state in the past seven and a half years have laid siege on our dear state.”

“Their plan is to use the general elections of 2019 to take over our commonwealth for their selfish gains while some of our people are collaborating with them.”

But the governor said he was happy that the people of the state chose the path of truth and honour, noting that Ogun is bigger than him and any other person.

On the feats recorded by his administration, Amonsun said, “All sectors of our state economy have received a tremendous boost. Many more of our children are in school and can compete favourably with their counterparts anywhere in the world.

“Our people are healthier and have far better access to basic healthcare. We now have physical and social infrastructure that support businesses to thrive and attract new businesses.”

2019 Elections: Amosun Leads APM Chairman To Meet With Buhari

Governor Ibikunle Amosun looks as APM National Chairman, Yusuf Dantalle, presents the party’s letter of adoption to President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja on December 24, 2018.

 

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on Monday led the National Chairman of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Yusuf Dantalle, to the State House in Abuja.

During the visit, the governor and the party chairman met with President Muhammadu Buhari where Dantalle presented the APM’s letter of adoption to the president as their candidate in 2019.

Governor Amosun who briefed reporters after meeting with the President said, “Just last week, we made public the fact that APM has adopted the President as their presidential candidate and so, I promised that we will bring the letter.”

“They gave me a letter for Mr President and that is what we came to do today.”

The governor, however, refused to comment on threats by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to expel him.

He maintained that the decision to adopt the president as the flagbearer of the APM in the general elections was a unanimous one.

Dantalle validated Amosun’s claim about the adoption of the President, saying the decision was taken by the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party.

He explained that the APM took the decision because “We need Buhari to restore Nigeria back to its glory and where it needs to be.”

“This is not the Nigeria of my dream but Buhari is giving us the Nigeria that we require and we believe so much in him,” the APM chairman said.

He also revealed that he was the APC deputy governorship candidate in Kogi in 2015.

Highlights of the meeting are captured in the pictures below;

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.

Amosun Insists He Remains Loyal To APC

 

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, says despite the injustice and intimidation meted out to his supporters in the last primaries held in the state, he remains a bona-fide member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

 

He said this on Monday while addressing APC officials and supporters in Abeokuta, the state capital.

“Our people came to me to say that they are leaving APC and I said no, this is what we want to achieve. We will wait because President Muhammadu Buhari must win.

“We will run around and campaign for him.

“We must ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari emerges the winner, By the grace of God, he will win, but we want Ogun State to be part of that win,” he said.

 

 

Amosun also announced his candidature for the Ogun Central Senatorial district in the coming election.

 

 

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Meanwhile, 26 aspiring members of the state’s House of Assembly announced their defection from the APC to the Allied People’s Movement (APM).

They claimed to have won the party’s ticket after the primary held on October 7 but were denied by the National Working Committee of the APC.

Despite efforts by the party’s national leadership to resolve the issue, the aggrieved members announced their defection during a press briefing on Monday.

According to them, their action became imperative as a result of the injustice meted out to them by the national office of the APC.

They, however, reaffirmed their resolve to work for the re-election of president Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general elections.

Ogun Govt Presents N402bn 2019 Budget Proposal To State Assembly

 

The Ogun State Government on Wednesday presented the 2019 budget proposal of N402,630,000,000 tagged the Budget of Enduring Legacy.

Presenting the budget proposal to the state House of Assembly, the Governor, Ibikunle Amosun promised to consolidate on his achievements in office in the last seven and half years in 2019 to fully deliver on his mission to rebuild the state.

He said, “The 2019 budget has been appropriately titled, the Budget of Enduring Legacy to reflect our determination to deliver on our electoral promises to the optimal level, even as our tenure wraps up. We therefore propose a budget size of N402,630,000,000, which represents an increase of 17% compared to the 2018 budget.

Senator Amosun also explained that the budget will also cater for the United Nations recommendation as regards allocation for the education sector.