Ogun Drama: Testing The Loyalty of President Buhari To APC
Nigeria News takes a look at the drama that happened at the APC Ogun State rally.
After the February 16 election, there will be a big shakeup in the All Progressives Congress (APC). It is becoming clearer now that the marriage between CPC and ACN may break. Already, there is division in APC and from all indications, President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to show leadership.
The president is seen to have taken side. He has soft touch for his former CPC members, some of whom are causing bigger problems for the APC now.
What happened in Ogun State where the state Governor Ibikunle Amosun set off his supporters to pelt the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole and other leaders with stone is obscenely wrong.
President Buhari worsened the matter by asking the electorate to vote according to their conscience instead of working for the APC governorship candidate, Dapo Abiodun.
This is the pain the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is suffering and tolerating. But instead of protesting against this anti-party activities, Tinubu has subdued his anger, pretending that all is well.
He said that the drama that happened at the party’s campaign in Abeokuta, Ogun State was disrespectful to the office of the President of Nigeria but
Tinubu stated that the drama did not in any way shake his loyalty to the party, which he had worked so tirelessly for and would still work for.
He noted that he would join millions of Nigerians to celebrate the victory of APC while advising those involved in anti-party activities to desist from such act.
As it was in Ogun so it is in Imo where the state Governor, Rochas Okorocha is fronting for his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance to succeed him, instead of the APC candidate.
The leaders are silent now as Amosun and Okorocha are making the loudest noise to show how influential they are in the coming election, especially in their states.
Okorocha organised another rally after the APC’s campaign in Owerri, calling on the residents to vote Buhari on Saturday and the AA candidate on March 2.
Many have argued that Amosun wouldn’t have acted the way he did if the former Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola had not provoked him.
It was gathered that Aregbesola infuriated Amosun by allegedly calling him a disloyal member of the APC.
Aregbesola actually described those claiming to be in Allied Peoples Movement and APC as “Alagabagebe”, as he urged the electorate to dissociate themselves from them and vote only APC in both the presidential and governorship polls.
Nevertheless, the leadership of the APC said that it would not act over Amosun’s anti-party conducts until after the election.
This means that Amosun has the latitude to contest under the party despite his disloyalty. There is high hope that he will win the senatorial seat.
Another angle to Amosun’s misbehaviour is that the Ijebus in Ogun State are seeing him as a stumbling block to the emergence of their son, Dapo Abiodun as the next governor.
Amosun is supporting Adekunle Akinlade who is from Yewa side of the state.