👤 By DENISAURUS News
An Ogun state Governorship candidate Dapo Abiodun has urged voters not to be hoodwinked by a recent statement made by the state governor, adding that direct primaries rules set by leaders of the All Progressives Cogress must be adhered to.
On Wednesday night, Ibikunle Amosu, 60, announced that a consensus candidate had been selected for the upcoming Ogun gubernatorial election.
The Governor who has served 8-years in office, also noted that he would be making a return to the Senate in 2019.
But, the Director of Media of the Dapo Abiodun Campaign Organization – DACO stated that they were not consulted before a decision of a consensus candidate was reached by the Governor.
“Our attention has been drawn to a misleading media report and total misrepresentation of facts, being sponsored by the governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and his puppet State Exco indicating that there was an agreement by some unidentified stakeholders to select the next Ogun APC governorship candidate through a concensus arrangement, Mr Ojo wrote in a statement.
“A consensus only obtains where there is only one aspirant which would still have to be affirmed and ratified by voting,” he said.
He added: “This development is basically aimed at hoodwinking the general public, thereby throwing up confusion into the political environment of our dear state, especially within the APC.
“We received this news with rude shock and wonder why the proponents had chosen to tow a political path that is undemocratic, unjust and unfair to all other governorship aspirants within the party, as they were not duly consulted before such decision was reached by the governor and his political group.”
Mr Abiodun, 58, Chairman of the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, announced plans to run for Governor of the state after consultation with stakeholders in the state.
At his announcement in Iperu-Remo on August 17, 2018, the Business mogul promised to run “masses-oriented programmes, and will de-emphasise projects which will only give me visibility but would not add any value to the lives of the masses in the state,” if elected.
He also vowed to “open up the roads in the rural communities, in order to improve the fortunes of the people in the rural communities. They need to bring their farm products to the market.”
Mr Abiodun’s promises can only be implemented if he is selected as a candidate and he goes on to win the governorship election next year.
Governor Amosu’s announcement at first seem a plan to dampen those chances.
But there is hope that the 58-year-old founder of Heyden Petroleum Limited would clinch the APC tickets at the primaries, because party leaders are desperately trying to do away with the delegate system.
Like many of the leaders, Mr Abiodun, MFR, is in support of the direct primaries – where members vote for their representatives.
This form of selection of candidates has been ratified by the party Chairman Adams Oshiomohole, against Governor Amosu’s plans of introducing a consensus candidate.
Mr Ojo in his statement said, “the national body of our great party has made itself clear on the issue of primaries, and instructed that all the states being ruled by APC must adopt the direct primary election method and in a situation where such is not feasible, a resolution of any other alternative primary election process should be forwarded to the national body for proper ratification and adoption.
“Such resolution is expected to be taken by critical stakeholders, which includes all governorship aspirants, without excluding any.
“At this time and age, it is somewhat amusing that Senator Ibikunle Amosun will gather some aspirants of just one Senatorial district and unilaterally decide and announce a purported and sham consensus.
“It is worthy to note that at no point did Prince Dapo Abiodun and many other stakeholders of our dear state receive any official or unofficial invitation to attend the said stakeholders meeting where this issue was discussed.
“We hereby call on our supporters and the general public to completely ignore and disregard this make-believe political narrative being sponsored from within the government of Amosun against Prince Dapo Abiodun and a few others.
“Finally we would like to reiterate our full commitment and support for any primary election process that falls within the guidelines which was stipulated by the National Working Committee of our great party APC.”