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APC Divided: Amosun accuses Tinubu of rigging Ogun primaries – why it matters

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APC Divided: Amosun accuses Tinubu of rigging Ogun primaries – why it matters

Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Bola Tinubu and former Ogun state governor, Segun Osoba, of playing an active role in producing “fake results” during the recently concluded gubernatorial primaries in Ogun State.

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Amosun made the allegation in an interview with journalists after the swearing ceremony of the new chief judge of the state, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, at the Governor’s Office in Abeokuta.

Amosun said that the chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole connived “with a cabal in Lagos” to produce fake results at the guber primaries which produced Prince Dapo Abiodun as the party’s governorship candidate.

However, Amosun specifically pointed accusing fingers at  Tinubu and a former and Osoba.

He said: “The president already knows there was no election in Ogun State. He knows that they just went to Lagos and wrote all results. And what they did is fraud.”

Amosun has insisted that the only authentic primary held was the one that produced Adekunle Akinlade as governorship candidate.

“The issue of Chief Osoba and Asiwaju and co, what we said was that there was a deafening silence from their end, and silence means consent. You can record me and publish in your newspapers.

“We have not heard one word from any of them (Tinubu and Osoba). Was there any election in Ogun State? Yes or No? They should come out. Those that are hiding behind one finger, they cannot come out. People, at this level, should be courageous enough to take a position, to come out and tell us whether there was an election,” he said.

Osoba, in response, told The Guardian via telephone: “I don’t want to be dragged into that issue. There is no basis for me to react to it.”

Tinubu’s media aide, Tunde Rahman, has said that a response would be made to the accusations if necessary.

Why it matters: As we have been reporting all day, the situation in the APC presently should give the president and leaders of the party plenty to worry about. The Tinubu wing of the party currently has the upper hand but other stakeholders who feel shortchanged will fight back and may bring the house down if they don’t have their way. In the South West, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos is nursing his wounds following a stinging primary defeat; Gov. Amosun is seething with rage over the failure to get the governorship ticket for his preferred candidate; Gov. Kayode Fayemi and Rotimi Akeredolu of Ekiti and Ondo are also not very pleased with how things have turned out. If any or all of these men decide to sabotage the party’s efforts in the region, it could mean certain loss in the South West at a time that the party can ill-afford it. That’s something Pres. Buhari will be keeping a close eye on.

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