👤 Reporter, DENISAURUS News
The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC has confirmed its decision to suspended Ibikunle Amosun over his decision to openly campaign for an opposition candidate.
After a meeting in Abuja today, the National Working Committee of the party also recommends that Governor Amosun who vowed to campaign for Adekunle Akinlade, the Governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement, APM in Ogun state, be expelled from the party.
Governor Amosun wanted Mr Akinlade, a member of the House of Representatives to take on the Governorship mantle in Ogun after May 2019, but, party members in a primaries conducted by the NWC selected Dapo Abiodun as their candidate.
Despite standing on the party’s ticket and winning a senatorial seat in the February 23 elections, the outgoing governor remain annoyed that his selected candidate was not given the APC Governorship ticket and he recently renewed his vow to campaign for Mr Akinlade.
“We are starting fully for my candidate, our candidate Abdulkabir Adekunle Akinlade, from tomorrow all our Assembly members and people are ready for the campaign,” Governor Amosun said openly.
Has promised, he went out to Abeokuta to campaign and solicit for votes on behalf of Mr Akinlade on Thursday.
Many in the state called for his suspension, while others are demanding that the party executive must withdraw the Senatorial ticket given to him.
Lanre Isa-Onilu, the publicity secretary of the APC confirmed in a statement that the party has taken a decision to suspend Governor Amosun.
A statement seen by DENISAURUS News states that “the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended the Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun and the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha for anti-party activities.
“Also suspended by the APC NWC over anti-party activities are the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani and the Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu.
“The NWC has also taken a decision to recommend the expulsion of the suspended individuals to the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.”
The news of Governor Amosun’s possible expulsion was well received in the state.
Tunde Oladunjoye, the APC publicity secretary in Ogun state said the Governor’s action was a “demonstration of ingratitude to a party (that) has helped his political fortune,” adding that the NWC decision was “long overdue.”
“We are also calling on the NEC of the party to go ahead and expel him from the party to teach him a lesson and serve as a deterrence to other people who might want to toe the path.”