Ogun State ACN crisis deepens

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.

Lawmakers’ grouse

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.

 


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  • Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state should respect the rule of law Democracy and the .people mandate . Bad news they say spread like wild fire.The governor continually and desrespectfully, ignored democratic transition election process had gone beyond the shores of the country. Such abusive of power would not be welcome in democratic society.Imposition candidacy of chairmanship and counselor against the will of the people very risky and unconstitutional in the election process of the country. Governor Ibikunle Amosun should know better .The people of Ogun State would be highly resisted against the Governor authoritarian irrational decision .The Governor have plenty time to reverse his decision and install the rightl candidate who actually won the recent slot under ACN. Almost 4 years ago or so Ibikunle Amosun won an historical governorship race and now he too should respect the will of the same people voted for him then.One Good thing about Democracy people voices cannot be suppress no matter what.The world is watching closely how the Governor handling the ongoing Ogun State Local Government election.The people of the state deserve better.