A governorship aspirant from Ogun East Senatorial district, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on Thursday said there was no pact by stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress ( APC ) in Ogun State that the party’s governorship candidate should be selected through a consensus method.
Abiodun, an Oil magnate described as “sham and misleading,” a news report suggesting that the Ogun APC had adopted a consensus arrangement to pick governorship candidate.
He said the report was a “total misrepresentation of facts” allegedly “sponsored by the governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and his puppet State Exco.”
In a statement by Emmanuel Ojo, Director of Media,Dapo Abiodun Campaign Organization (DACO),
the governorship aspirant said the report is aimed at hoodwinking the public, ostensibly to throw confusion into the political environment of Ogun and the state chapter of the APC.
He called on party supporters and the public to ignore and disregard the misleading narrative allegedly being sponsored from within the Amosun – led administration against him and few others.
“We received this news with rude shock and wonder why the proponents had chosen to tow a political path that is undemocratic, unjust and unfair to all other governorship aspirants within the party, as they were not duly consulted before such decision was reached by the governor and his political group. A consensus only obtains where there is only one aspirant which would still have to be affirmed and ratified by voting .
“The national body of our great party has made itself clear on the issue of primaries , and instructed that all the states being ruled by APC must adopt the direct primary election method and in a situation where such is not feasible, a resolution of any other alternative primary election process should be forwarded to the national body for proper ratification and adoption.
“Such resolution is expected to be taken by critical stakeholders, which includes all governorship aspirants, without excluding any.
“At this time and age, it is somewhat amusing that Senator Ibikunle Amosun will gather some aspirants of just one Senatorial district and unilaterally decide and announce a purported and sham consensus.
“It is worthy to note that at no point did Prince Dapo Abiodun and many other stakeholders of our dear state receive any official or unofficial invitation to attend the said stakeholders meeting where this issue was discussed.
“We hereby call on our supporters and the general public to completely ignore and disregard this make-believe political narrative being sponsored from within the government of Amosun against Prince Dapo Abiodun and a few others.
“Finally we would like to reiterate our full commitment and support for any primary election process that falls within the guidelines which was stipulated by the National Working Committee of our great party APC,” he stated.