The ongoing crisis between the Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, and some members of the Action Congress of Nigeria over the allegation that the governor is imposing candidates on party members for the local government election on Thursday divided the State House of Assembly.
The development resulted in eight of the lawmakers in the camp of Olusegun Osoba, the former governor and party leader, ignoring the Assembly’s one year anniversary celebration.
To show their displeasure, Mr. Osoba’s group did not wear the Ankara fabrics meant for the celebration.
The lawmakers that ignored the Assembly’s anniversary include: Femi Allen-Taylor, Samson Onademuren, Adijat Olaleye-Adedapo, Elizabeth Anifowose, Ojodu Olawale, Oludaisi Olusegun, Adeyinka Mafe and Victor Fasanya.
The eight lawmakers are allegedly angry at the autocratic method by which the state governor picked the candidates for the posts of chairmanand councillor in the forthcoming elections.
The aggrieved lawmakers argue the anniversary event came at the wrong time, especially when members of the state are angered at the way the governor picked candidates for the forthcoming local government election.
Before the plenary session, there were altercations between legislators in support of Mr. Amosun and those against him.
“They would see us as being selfish and not bothering about their welfare, so that kind of celebration, we cannot be part of such. It is coming at the wrong time and we not interested. The people voted us into office and we must be responsible to their cause,” one of the lawmakers against the state governor said.
Meanwhile, Moshood Akinyele, popularly called Americo, said to be in Mr. Osoba’s camp, and a chairmanship aspirant from Abeokuta South Local Government, was whisked away by operatives of the State Security Service (SSS), and released hours later after he was interrogated over the political crisis in the party.