Amosun Perfects Defection Plans, Plants Top Aides In DPP

The disaster within the All Progressives Congress over its primaries could worsen in a matter of days as there are sturdy indications that the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, is ready to defect to the Democratic Peoples Celebration.

Investigations by SUNDAY PUNCH revealed that Amosun had already positioned his shut allies and high authorities officers within the state within the DPP to contest towards the candidates of the ruling get together.

Findings by our correspondents indicated that the officers and aides could be finally unveiled because the candidates of the DPP within the guise of “consensus on or earlier than December.”

A dependable APC supply, who claimed to be absolutely concerned within the governor’s plans, knowledgeable SUNDAY PUNCHon Saturday that the officers would transfer forward of him earlier than Amosun would finally be part of them.

The supply added, “The plan is that he could not depart now, however he (Amosun) will depart.

“He already has candidates for the three senatorial zones and 9 Home of Representatives seats within the DPP.”

In accordance with findings by SUNDAY PUNCH, the candidate for the Ogun East Senatorial District is Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, who’s the present state’s Commissioner for Well being.

In Ogun Central, the candidate is Alhaji Bolanle Adeyemi, a serving Senior Particular Assistant to the governor.

For the Ogun West Senatorial District, the governor’s candidate is the present Senior Particular Assistant to the Governor on Power, Chief Taiwo Fagbemi.

SUNDAY PUNCH learnt that “they (officers and aides) are to be substituted with the consensus candidates on or earlier than the December 1 deadline for withdrawal/ultimate substitution of candidates.”

For the Home of Representatives seats, Amosun’s candidates within the DPP are Odebiyi Safiu-Abiodun, a former Chairman, Yewa South Native Authorities  Space, because the candidate for the Yewa South/Ipokia Federal Constituency; and Adekunbi Fatai-Aremu for the Yewa North/Imeko-Afon Federal Constituency.

Fatai-Aremu is a youthful brother to the Speaker, Ogun State Home of Meeting, Suraj Adekunbi.

The candidate for the Abeokuta North/Obafemi Owode/Odeda Federal Constituency is Olabode Taofeek-Babatunde, a former native authorities chairman. The Particular Adviser and Common Supervisor, Ogun Housing Company, Olajumoke Akinwunmi, is the candidate for the Abeokuta South Federal Constituency.

Different Amosun allies are Odumosu Olugbenga for the Ikenne/Sagamu/Remo North Federal Constituency; Mojeed Ekelojumati, a Commissioner within the Civil Service Fee, for the Ijebu North/Ijebu East/Ogun Waterside Federal Constituency seat; and the present Ifo Native Authorities Chairman,  Ariori Saheed, for the Ifo/Ewekoro Federal Constituency.

The seat for the Ado Odo/Ota Federal Constituency has Lamidi Rasheed, whereas Shittu Olawale, the Odogbolu Native Authorities Space chairman, is for Ijebu Ode/Odogbolu/Ijebu East Federal Constituency.

SUNDAY PUNCH sighted among the nomination types of some of the candidates marked ‘Rep’ and ‘Senate’, written with a purple marker.

A few of the recognized candidates, who, nonetheless, spoke on situation of anonymity to considered one of our correspondents on Friday, confirmed that they had been on their method to the DPP on the instruction of the embattled governor.

“Sure, it’s true, the governor has stated we must always transfer to the DPP, however I can not make any official remark now. Oga will be part of us later,” considered one of them within the Nationwide Meeting stated.

Amosun has alleged that the Nationwide Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, colluded with some individuals he described as members of the ‘Lagos cabal’ to govern the primaries, particularly that of the governorship, within the state.

The APC has submitted the title of an oil magnate, Dapo Abiodun, as its governorship candidate to the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee to the shock of Amosun, who had constantly maintained {that a} member of the Home of Representatives, Adekunle Akinlade, would succeed him because the state governor.

A high supply within the state APC, who spoke to considered one of our correspondents on Saturday, alleged that the Nationwide Working Committee of the get together “modified the names of the winners of the primaries” within the state when the record bought to Abuja.

“It wasn’t that the primaries weren’t held as being extensively reported. The NWC stated the primaries would maintain on Monday, however the officers didn’t even present up in Abeokuta that day. It later modified it to Tuesday and the state authorities declared Tuesday as a public vacation,” stated the supply whereas lamenting the present state of the disaster.

“On Tuesday, eight officers got here from Abuja. After all, you realize it was unimaginable for the eight to cowl the 236 wards within the state. Winners had been introduced after the primaries, however when the names of the candidates had been introduced in Abuja, they had been totally different from the names that emerged from the primaries, together with that of Abiodun.

“Don’t overlook what occurred additionally in Lagos; when the NWC delegation to the state, initially, stated election didn’t maintain within the state governorship main. Abuja made a U-turn later that day to say election held and that (Jide) Sanwo-olu has gained the election. I imagine the identical set of individuals is behind the Ogun disaster.”

He, nonetheless, refused to touch upon the rumoured defection of the governor and a few of his lieutenants to the DPP, however argued that any candidate fielded by Amosun “on any platform” would win election.

“In Abeokuta, will probably be troublesome for any candidate to defeat Amosun’s candidate due to what he has accomplished in reworking the state capital. You might be conscious that that’s the place the votes are.

“One simply hopes they’ll resolve this deadlock shortly. In any other case, APC could finally lose Ogun State to a different get together,” he stated.

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