APC in crisis as faction emerges

- BY DAUD OLATUNJI, with agency reports -

A faction of the All Progressives Congress, APC loyal to a former Governor Olusegun Osoba has kicked against the recent endorsement of the Ogun state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun for second term.
The faction in a statement signed by lawmakers representing Ogun State at the National Assembly described the endorsement process as effort in futility and a charade.
Some of the lawmakers include Senators Gbenga Obadara (Ogun Central), Adegbenga Kaka (Ogun East) and Akin Odunsi (West).
Others were Honourables Olumide Osoba, Segun Williams, Adekunle Adeyemi, Abiodun Abudu Balogun, Kehinde Odeneye, Bukola Buraimoh and Babatunde Ogunola.
It will be recalled that some members of the party had adopted Amosun for second term at a stakeholders’ meeting on Monday, at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.
The lawmakers while faulting the process of the endorsement said since the party was yet to have a membership register, the action could not hold any water.
It also wondered when endorsement of governorship aspirants became the responsibility of political appointees and kitchen cabinet of the governor.
The statement advised the governor to stop heating up the polity in the state with his style of politics of exclusion and hatred.
“We, members of the Ogun State APC caucus in the National Assembly were embarrassed by the purported endorsement of Governor Ibikunle Amosun for 2015 by a group. The action is better described as effort in nullity and a charade.
“We wonder under which platform the endorsement was done since the party was yet to have a membership register. We wonder if Amosun intends to run as an independent candidate.
“How can the endorsement of an aspirant which is strictly a party issue become the responsibility of Governor Amosun’s employees and kitchen cabinet members,” the statement said.
The lawmakers expressed disappointment that some elders of the party were misguiding the governor for selfish interest and urged all members to remain calm as any endorsement done without due process was of no effect.
They appealed to the national leadership of the party to caution Governor Amosun and his group to desist from actions capable of derailing the on going transition process in the party.

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