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ANALYSIS: Ogun Polls – The Supremacy Battle Between Amosun And Osinbajo

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Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has his cake and he is currently eating it. Obviously, the governor is jittery after the All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended him.

As usual, he was swift to fly from the Olumo Rock to Aso Rock to see President Muhammadu Buhari.

Don in a long cap and Parachute Agbada, our Governor beamed his teeth in a picture with Buhari.

That has been his way. He seeks cover from the President. His anti-party activities have become pronounced and indecorous.

He vigorously campaigns for his candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Adekunle Akinlade against the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Dapo Abiodun.

APC won all the three senatorial seats in Ogun, a sign that the governorship seat may be won by the party. Amosun’s kind of politics cannot be taught in any school because it is pure self-service and nothing more.

The Ogun State APC has thrown its weight behind the decision of the National Working Committee of the party. This means that the governor will not have access to the majority of the party members except those that he can influence to work for APM.

While Amosun’s formula is to always visit Buhari whenever he has a problem within the party, his Imo State counterpart, Rochas Okorocha has been lampooning the national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole.

Okorocha said that Oshiomhole has no power to remove, adding that he formed APC, not Oshiomhole and so he cannot be suspended.

According to Okorocha, the APC national chairman is lawless. “He has done so many bad things to damage the party, including the latest one in which he announced the suspension of myself and my brother, Amosun.”

“I know President Buhari is not part of this lawlessness. He is too clean to involve in this,” Okorocha said.

However, an investigation revealed that the plan of the two senator-elect, Amosun and Okorocha was to ensure the election of their anointed governorship candidates from their adopted parties, APM and AA as governors and later announce their defection to APC. But now, they are suspended, thus have the latitude to clinch to their adopted parties.

However, the battle in Ogun State goes beyond political party. It is a personal supremacy fight between vice president Yemi Osinbajo and the outgoing Governor Amosun.

Amosun is out to prove that he owns the state but not the Lagos boys whom he referred to as “capo di tutti” sometime ago. The governor’s ambition goes beyond 2019 but a permutation for 2023 when the presidential choice may roll to the south.

Osinbajo must show the strength that he can deliver his state. Why being a vice president if he cannot win his state. This is why he has put more of his energy into campaigning for Dapo Abiodun of APC. Yes, he was a former commissioner in Lagos State during the government of Governor Bola Tinubu but today, he is a vice president from Ogun State.

His presence at the Abiodun’s rally to a large extent will help the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday.

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