Sitting governors have pretty much been having their way in the primaries conducted so far across both leading parties. Apart from Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos, every other governor seeking reelection won his party’s ticket.
Also, in states where the governors are not up for reelection, the outgoing governors have mostly had a say in who the party chooses. In Imo, where the governor’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, was defeated in the primary, the party leadership cancelled the result and ordered a fresh poll.
But the situation in Ogun is different.
Amosun doesn’t have his way
When the APC released the list of 24 governorship candidates to represent the party next year, the candidate named for Ogun was Dapo Abiodun.
The problem though was just a few hours earlier, Gov. Ibikunle Amosun had shared an update on his Facebook page entitled, “ADEKUNLE AKINLADE EMERGES AS OGUN APC GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDATE.”
The update was actually a press release signed by the publicity secretary of the APC in Ogun, Chief Wole Elegbede.
“Honourable Adekunle Akinlade, current member of House of Representatives (Yewa South/Ipokia Federal Constituency, has been declared as the winner of the governorship direct primaries of Ogun State All Progressives Congress (APC) held on Tuesday 2nd October 2018,” the statement read. It claimed that Akinlade got 190,987 votes, “leaving Jimi Lawal in a distant second position with 5,046 votes. Dapo Abiodun garnered 3,648 votes. He was trailed by Abimbola Ashiru with 898 votes, Adegbenga Kaka with 833 votes and Abayomi with 208 votes.”
So what happened?
The fact that the governor shared it on his page means that he backs Akinlade. So how is it that Abiodun who got just 3,648 votes according to that press statement was recognized by the national secretariat?
Well, actually, there were two parallel congresses in the state. In the primary that was monitored by officials from the national headquarters of the party, Abiodun scored 102,305 votes, Lawal got 51,153 votes, while Akinlade scored 23,443 votes.
Gov. Amosun’s next step would be closely watched.
Meanwhile Abiodun becomes the third oil mogul to win a party’s governorship ticket. We reported on the other two here.