Despite Suspension From APC, Gov Amosun Continues Anti-Party Activities
The suspension of Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has not deterred him from continuing in the same anti-party activity for which he was suspended last week Friday.
Checks have shown that despite APC National Working Committee’s recommendation of Amosun for expulsion from the party, the Governor has continued to campaign for Mr Adekunle Abdulkabir Akinlade of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) for the Ogun gubernatorial election against the wish of his party. The governorship candidate of the APC in Ogun is Mr Dapo Abiodun.
Recall that the APC NWC had also suspended Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and recommended his expulsion from the party for the same reason. The Imo Governor is said to be seeking to make his son-in-law, Mr Uche Nwosu, succeed him after leaving office.
Both Akinlade and Nwosu were members of the APC and had contested and lost at the respective governorship primaries of Ogun and Imo under the platform of the APC. While Akinlade defected to the APM to pursue his governorship bid, Nwusu crossed to the Action Alliance (AA) which is said to have been founded by his father-in-law, Okorocha.
The governorship aspirants both got the endorsements of their political “godfathers” who remained in the APC but have been campaigning for their favoured candidates after they defected to their respective parties.
It was believed that the suspension of Amosun and Okorocha would serve as a deterrent to discourage them from campaigning for their preferred governorship candidates in other parties, but Governor Amosun has clearly ignored his party’s threat as he continues to campaign for Akinlade.
The official Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts of the Ogun governor are currently being flooded with campaign materials of the APM candidate ahead of the governorship elections that come up on March 9 across different states of the country.
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Amosun’s Facebook Post
Meanwhile, announcing the suspension of Governors Amosun, Okorocha and several others, the APC NWC said “the suspended members have continued to campaign openly for other parties and candidates that are unknown to our great party, constituting themselves as opposition to APC candidates in their respective states.”
The committee’s decision, which came after the February 23 presidential election, is coming ahead of the upcoming governorship elections.
A statement announcing their suspension was signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu.
It read, “The NWC of the APC has suspended the governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun and the Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, for anti-party activities.
“Also suspended by the APC NWC over anti-party activities are the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani and the director-general of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu.
“The NWC has also taken a decision to recommend the expulsion of the suspended individuals to the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.
“The NWC would also issue a query to the governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, over his glaring anti-party activities, which greatly affected the fortunes of our candidates in the recently conducted presidential and National Assembly elections in the states.
“The NWC noted how the suspended members have continued to campaign openly for other parties and candidates that are unknown to our great party, constituting themselves as opposition to APC candidates in their respective states.” The party stated that it was closely monitoring the activities of its members across the country, particularly in the states these suspended members come from.
“We wish to reiterate that any member of our party who takes any action solely or in line with the directives of the suspended members to undermine our party’s candidates in the coming governorship and House of Assembly elections would face disciplinary actions,” it said, just as it warned party members against taking instructions from them.”