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Amosun, Ogun State And Mockery of Political Parties

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Nigeria News takes a look at the APC politics in Ogun State.

I watched on YouTube the “Shaku Shaku” dance by President of the Senate Bukola Saraki and the former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose at the presidential campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state this morning.

Saraki leads the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar’s campaign machine, which they drove with fanfare in Ekiti two days ago.

The rally venue was charged. There was a mammoth crowd, mostly the PDP supporters and members of the opposition who came to make a mockery of the gathering.

The rally reflected the unity of purpose and supports of the number of PDP chieftains whose ultimate aim is the success of the party and its candidates.

Such could not be said of the APC whose many of its members are still nursing grievances from the state and national primaries conducted a few months ago.

Will the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun be allowed to climb the podium when the APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari arrives Ogun State to campaign?

Will the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole be comfortable, standing on the same podium with Amosun, knowing fully well that the governor will campaign against the party governorship candidate, Dapo Abiodun?

How will Amosun convince the electorate to vote for APC, himself and Buhari but not Abiodun who is running for the gubernatorial race under the same party?

If given the opportunity to climb the podium because of his close rapport with Buhari, will Amosun be bold enough to mention Allied Peoples Movement’s governorship candidate, Adekunle Akinlade as the chosen one?

These and many questions will need urgent answers from the National Working Committee of the APC whom to me has failed for not taking decisive action against Amosun’s anti-party activities.

The governor is so confident that he led Akinlade to the presidential villa, Abuja to meet with President Buhari. This did not translate to endorsement because the presidency quickly issued a statement after the visit that President Muhamadu Buhari would only campaign for Dapo Abiodun and other APC candidates in Ogun state.

However, Amosun has said that nobody could separate him from Buhari and that he would campaign for the president anywhere but not the APC governorship candidate in Ogun.

Where is party supremacy in all of these? I think party politics is long dead in Nigeria and the politicians know this themselves.

Amosun and his counterpart in Imo State, Rochas Okorocha have lost respect for the APC even when they still want people to believe that they are still prominent members of the party.

If Amosun has so much belief in PFM, why not join his anointed candidate, Akinlade to fly his senatorial ambition instead of staying put in APC? While standing with APC to realise his ambition but throwing his anointed child to APM?

This is mockery of political parties. It is a mockery of democracy and enthronement of godfatherism.

There are millions in APC now just because Buhari is still the president. They are not party men but mere players of godsons and godfathers politics.

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