Tunde Olanrewaju, Abeokuta
Members of the newly registered All Progressives Congress (APC) in the National Assembly from Ogun State on Wednesday kicked against the adoption of Governor Ibikunle Amosun for a second term in office by a faction of the party describing it as a charade capable of ridiculing the APC before voters in the state.
Some members of the party had adopted Amosun for second term at a gathering on Monday, at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.
A statement from Abuja, signed by the lawmakers, described the endorsement process as an “effort in futility and a charade”. The statement was signed by 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.
The lawmakers faulted the process of the endorsement since the party was yet to have a membership register. It also wondered when endorsement of governorship aspirants became the responsibility of political appointees and kitchen cabinet members of Governor Amosun.
The statement advised the governor to stop heating up 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 an 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 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.