APC chieftain says he was forced to endorse Akinlade

APC chieftain says he was forced to endorse Akinlade

- Comrade Tunde Oladunjoye Sunday has withdrew his membership of theAPC

- He also claimed he was coerced into endorsing of Abdulkadir Akinlade as the party’s consensus governorship candidate

- The APC however rejected his claim

Over what he termed as threat to life, Comrade Tunde Oladunjoye Sunday has withdrawn his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun state. He said this was neccessary as a result of threats to his life.

The former APC chieftain also alleged that he was forced into endorsing Abdulkadir Akinlade as the party’s consensus governorship candidate.

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He added that he was coerced through threats at a meeting between Governor Ibikunle Amosun and stakeholders of the APC.

“When the issue of Ogun east having to endorse the “Yewa consensus candidate” was raised by the senatorial chairman, Alhaji Yakubu, I raised my hand to speak after few speakers have spoken.

"As I stood up to speak, and in the open, the state party chairman, Chief Derin Adebiyi called me in the presence of everybody to come to the other side of the table where he sat with other leaders and whispered into my ears that I must praise the governor and move motion of endorsement, else dire consequences await me.

"It was a threat I never expected and right there at the government house, I had no choice than to do so-called endorsement under duress, as my life was under threat. As a trained journalist, I was taught of safety first."

However, the APC in the state described his claims as lies. The state publicity secretary of APC, Chief Wole Elegbede said allegations by Oladunjoye should not be taken seriously by right thinking people.

“APC in Ogun state would not have dignified Tunde Oladunjoye with this response but for the sake of members of the public who may take his allegation as the truth. “His allegation should not be taken seriously by any right thinking person. He’s an unreliable person whose habit of telling lies is legendary.

“The allegation question is total falsehood. He was not force or put under duress by our Chairman to move the said motion. Rather, he voluntarily indicated his interest to move a motion for the endorsement of the APC consensus governorship candidate Hon. Adekunle Akinlade.

“The event where Oladunjoye moved the motion was peaceful and attended by several stakeholders of the party.

“The party has been magnanimous to him because as at the time making his statement he is a member of Council of Tai Solarin University of Education and a Chairman of Consultative Assembly of his Local government. Members of his constituency have disassociated themselves from his irresponsible view,” he said.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Segun Odegbami, a former Nigerian footballer and sports administrator, declared his interest to slug it out with other political contenders for the governorship seat in Ogun state ahead of 2019.

He did not reveal the political platform through which he wants to achieve this.

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