It has been learnt that two geo-political blocs in Ogun state in the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Thursday, September 6, unveiled Abdulkabir Akinlade as their consensus aspirants for the governorship position.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that while Ogun-West senatorial district picked Abdulkabir Akinlade, a member of the House of Representatives, the Ogun East, comprising nine local governments of Ijebu and Remo divisions announced it was settling for long-serving commissioner in the state, Bimbo Ashiru.
The report said both blocs are claiming the right to produce a successor to Governor Ibikunle Amosun, going by the principle of power rotation in the state.
The report added that Amosun is from Ogun central while his predecessor, Gbenga Daniel, is from Remo division of Ogun East.
Chief Olusegun Osoba, who was governor between 1999 and 2003, is also from Ogun Central and the first civilian governor, Olabisi Onabanjo was from Ogun East, Ijebu division.
It is not known yet if any of the aspirants has been anointed by Governor Amosun, who had earlier declared that he would announce his candidate for the governorship post today. The governor is in Osin state for the party’s rally.
The report said Olagbayi told APC members that Akinlade who is representing the Yewa-South/Ipokia Federal constituency at the House of Representatives, emerged among other nine aspirants from the region at a meeting on Wednesday, September 5.
It was learnt that Adebiyi who received Akinlade on behalf of the APC recalled that the party had zoned the governorship seat to the Ogun-West in order to compensate the zone which had never produced a governor since the creation of the state in 1976.
He assured members of the region that the party would work assiduously to ensure that Akinlade eventually emerged as the state governor.
Responding Akinlade commended the elders from Ogun West for the wisdom displayed during the meeting, in which he emerged as the consensus candidate.
He also commended other aspirants for their maturity and acceptance of his candidature
Meanwhile, elders from the Ogun-East Senatorial District under the aegis of the Ijebu/Remo Governorship Agenda have described the development as “good for democracy”.
However, concerning Bimbo Ashiru, the head of media, Tayo Mabeweje in Ijebu-Ode said: “The decision of our brothers from the Ogun West senatorial district is long awaited and will further boost internal democracy in the ruling party, APC, as it goes into primary election in September to determine who becomes the party’s standard bearer.
“Since its creation in February 1976, the bipolar nature of Ogun geo-politics was well established in the Egba/Egbado and Ijebu/Remo dichotomy reflecting in historical as well as political institutions and practices.
“It is only fair and equitable that the Ijebu/Remo zone produce the next governor as by 2019, the old Egba province would have been in the governorship saddle of the state for eight unbroken years due to Senator Ibikunle Amosun’s rule.
“We believe that, in keeping with the principles of rotation and fairness, the governorship should revert to Ijebu province.
“Our position is not in any way an affront to His Excellency Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
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“If anything, we acknowledge the giant strides of his administration in the last seven years in setting standard for infrastructure development and fully identify with his mission to rebuild Ogun.
“We appeal to the good people of Ijebu/Remo that make up Ogun East senatorial district to be calm in the belief that a level playing ground would be made available for all aspirants, including those of Ijebu extraction, to contest the governorship ticket of the state”.
“Our people should not be in any way be disturbed by the development but rather be more united and unwavering in their support of Otunba Bimbo Ashiru in the gubernatorial primaries.
“This is the beauty of democracy when we have people from different zones aspiring to be governor of which only one will emerge as candidate.”
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Yobe, on Thursday, September 6, gave the outgoing governor of the state, Ibrahim Gaidam, the sole powers to anoint his successor and contest for Senate ahead of the 2019 election.
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