The party may already be factionalised in Ogun.
Some prominent members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Monday boycotted the launch of the party, which took place on Monday in Abeokuta.
The absentees included a former governor of the state and key player in the formation of the APC, Olusegun Osoba.
Also absent at the Ake Palace Ground venue of the launch were some of the state’s federal lawmakers on the platform of APC; the party’s interim National President, Bisi Akande; interim national publicity secretary, Lai Mohammed; and a former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu.
As at the time of this report, no clear reason had been given for the absence of some of the party chieftains. However, one of the absentee federal lawmakers, Abiodun Akinlade, blamed other important events for his absence at the APC launch.
Meanwhile, there have been reports of discord between the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, and Mr. Osoba, which has led to the rise of two factions within the party in the state- one loyal to Mr. Amosun and the other to Mr. Osoba.
Mr. Akinlade, who had earlier declared his intention to contest the 2015 governorship elections against the incumbent governor, Mr. Amosun, in a statement through his personal assistant, Tope Adelakun, said he had to attend another political meeting in his Yewa zone as well as prepare for the anniversary of his mother’s death.
However, some former chieftains and stalwarts of the troubled Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who had decamped to the APC including Dayo Abatan, Iyabo Anisulowo, Fatai Sowemimo, Dare Gbolahan, and Bolaji Aretola were seen at the launch.
The ceremony gave room for leaders of the now defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; Congress for Political Change, CPC, and; All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, to express their genuine support for the party. The leaders expressed their optimism in the party’s success at the next general election in the state.
The chief host of the launch and governor of the state, Mr. Amosun, in his speech, boasted that APC had come to stay. According to him, no party in Nigeria has solid root in all the Geo-political zones of the country like APC. He said that all defunct parties which formed APC have agreed to come together to give change to governance.
Mr. Amosun told all party members in the state that the party belonged to all of them, hence, the need to make sure that all hands are on deck.
“Ogun State is the home of democracy. We should be a good reference point for all other states; so, let us join hands together for the success of our party,” he said.
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