The National Leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State of trying to handpick candidates for the party without due process.
Amosun had kicked against the emergence of Dapo Abiodun as the Ogun governorship candidate for 2019, saying Abiodun Akinlade, his preferred candidate, is the people’s choice.
Speaking to newsmen on Wednesday, the spokesperson of the APC, Lanre Issa-Onilu also accused the governor of resorting to self-help which is alien to its constitution.
He said: “In the case of Ogun, after that exercise failed after they tried to handpick who will be what, they sent a letter that they have agreed on direct primary and the party has no choice than to endorse what you want.
“On the day they all came for screening including the governor, he suddenly left with other aspirants and returned back to Abeokuta, gathered some people and sent back to the NWC that they wanted indirect primary and the other aspirants said we were all here together, that they didn’t know when this change was made.
“So, whatever the governor did was self-help and there is no provision for self help in the party’s constitution. Eventually, the NWC panel that was constituted to conduct the primary went to Abeokuta and did the primary. The governor’s preferred candidate chose not to participate in that exercise. So the party stands by the result of that primary it conducted in Ogun state.
“Secondly, he took some monarchs to meet the president. I am surprised because someone like him, with due respect to him should have understood the nature of the president we have, that no matter how close you are to him, he will listen to you but he will ask for the rules to be followed.
“So, the next thing we heard was that he was looking for who to blame, and Bola Tinubu and Segun Osoba readily came to his mind and he blamed them for that. The question to ask is whether they were the one who gave directive to him to organise his own primaries or they were the one who instructed him not to participate in the primaries or his candidate not to participate in primaries the party organised.
“Have I done the right thing? Am I asking for what is fair? Am I not putting the party in a position to ask them to do what’s wrong? Those are the questions we expect the governor of Ogun state to ask himself,” stated Lanre Issa-Onilu.