Governors Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, yesterday, dismissed the tag of ‘bad losers’ put on them by the All Progressives Congress, APC, as they separately reiterated the determination to foist their chosen successors on the state, irrespective of the inclinations of the party leadership.
Their assertions came as associates of the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, were yesterday, evolving strategies to frustrate moves by his antagonists to force a meeting of the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the party to force a no-confidence vote on Oshiomhole
In yet another daring challenge to Governor Amosun’s hegemony over the party in Ogun State, 276 councillors in the state, who form the base of the APC grassroots, defected from Amosun’s camp and pledged loyalty to Chief Dapo Abiodun, who was endorsed as the party’s candidate by the party leadership against the desire of Amosun.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, had in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday, given a robust defence on the party’s position on issues pertaining to some of its aggrieved governors and party chieftains wherein he described them as bad losers.
In his reaction, yesterday, Amosun was unwavering, vowing that nobody will stop his choice of preferred successor, Abdulkabir Akinlade, emerging as the next governor of the state in 2019.
Amosun spoke at a town hall meeting on the 2019 budget at the Cultural Centre, Abeokuta.
He described the ticket with Abiodun as a stolen mandate, saying the issue was like a thief that stole the king’s trumpet.
“Hon Akinlade will succeed me when I finish my tenure in May 2019, because, he is the only one who is capable of continuing from where I stopped in the infrastructural development of the state.
“We will win in every local government in the state, either Yewa, Ijebu, Abeokuta South, count them, we are ready for them, anywhere they go, we shall meet them there.
“They cannot choose for the people; the people know the right candidate and that is Hon. Akinlade.
“God has chosen Akinlade; he is the anointed candidate. He will read next year’s budget, and if I am invited, I will be here. “It is a case of a thief who stole the king’s trumpet (Kakaki), where will he blow it?”