Drama in Ogun as Dapo Abiodun rejects aggrieved aspirants’demands


The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has rejected Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s loyalists’ conditions for peace in the party.

Abiodun, who spoke with The PUNCH through his Campaign Director-General, Segun Adesegun, said the conditions must be in conformity with Nigerian Constitution, the APC constitution and the Electoral Act.

Abiodun was reacting to the demands made by Amosun’s loyalists during a meeting with a delegation of the APC Presidential Reconciliation Committee, led by a zonal coordinator of the panel, Sandra Oladele.

The panel on Saturday held a closed-door meeting with all the 26 candidates who were declared winners in the APC’s primaries on October 7 by the National Working Committee Primary Committee, but their names omitted from the final list.

Addressing the committee on behalf of Amosun’s loyalists, the state Chairman of the party, Chief Derin Adebiyi, who was represented by Ogun Central Senatorial District, Chief Yomi Ademefun, said the only solution to the crisis was for the NWC to return their “stolen mandates”.

Other demands are a declaration of Adekunle Akinlade as the authentic APC governorship candidate and the recognition of the results of the state assembly primaries that produced the 26 candidates for the state legislature.

But Abiodun said he was not satisfied with the demands.

He stated, “The constitution stipulates who can contest. The party’s constitution stipulates the process of the primaries and if there are issues, how they will be resolved. The Electoral Act stipulates the time frame to submit the list of candidates.

“Whatever anybody is saying should fall within the laws. We talk to each other. We are in the process of reaching out to them. Even if they bring any demand, we cannot say they should get out; we will tolerate each other.”

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