Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State on Monday declared that he will work against the governorship candidate of his party, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in the forthcoming 2019 election.
Amosun who is currently serving his final tenure as governor is the APC Ogun Central Senatorial Candidate in the 2019 general elections.
The governor revealed his plans during a stakeholders meeting of the Ogun State APC which was held in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State.
Amosun had wanted Adekunle Akinlade to emerge as APC governorship candidate. The APC National Working Committee however submitted Dapo Abiodun as its Ogun State governorship candidate.
The governor who already declared to work against APC in the governorship election noted that he would remain in the party to contest his senatorial seat and also ensure the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.
26 APC members loyal to Amosun had dumped the ruling APC for the Allied People’s Movement (APM) and Amosun publicly declared his support for the members who dumped the APC.
According to Amosun, God would not forgive him if he dumped Akinlade, who is now the governorship candidate of APM.
The governor revealed that he told those who were begging him to ensure the unity of the APC in Ogun that his only condition was to return the name of Akinlade as the APC governorship candidate in 2019.
“When these people came, they told me they were leaving the APC, I said ‘no’ but I couldn’t stop them. In fact, Akinlade has my full support. I am not going to stop him. Everything I have, I will use to support him, let them try whatever they want to try, we also have our strategies and I am not going to hide behind one finger.
“I remain in the APC because that’s what those people want. They want us to leave the APC but they are joking. I will stay in the APC to ensure that (President Muhammadu) Buhari wins in Ogun State and to let them know that they can’t subvert the will of the people of Ogun State.
“Every day, I will campaign for President Muhammadu Buhari, we will do everything possible to ensure Buhari wins massively in Ogun State, but they should not miss it. I , Senator Ibikunle Amosun, will not support anyone (Dapo Abiodun) they are bringing.
“Why would a reasonable person with less than 10 per cent lord it over the majority? It can’t happen. They know there was only one primary and they have called me to say that, and we have done everything possible to right the wrong, but they are already destroying the party.
“God will punish me if I stop Akinlade. All of you who are supporting Akinlade, you have my support and blessing. They are talking about party supremacy, what happens to party supremacy at the local level?”