The Significance Of President Buhari’s Endorsement Of Prince Dapo Abiodun, By Olamide Lawal

The political atmosphere in Ogun State is experiencing a buzz in the build-up to the 2019 general election. The ruling All Progressives Congress has been at the major attraction and the most interesting in the eyes of observers. This is a natural consequence of the internal wrangling, horse trading, and belligerency that led to and greeted the emergence of its gubernatorial candidate, Prince Dapo Abiodun. 


That the emergence of Abiodun did not go down well with the state governor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun is no more news. In fact, it appears like a reoccurring decimal in the polity of Ogun state that an outgoing governor will always be at loggerheads with the gubernatorial candidate of his party.

This is mostly a fallout of the failure of the outgoing governors to secure their parties’ gubernatorial tickets for their preferred candidates. The current rift between the governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, and his party’s candidate, Prince Dapo Abiodun reminds students of contemporary history of the failed attempt by former Governor Gbenga Daniel to foist his preferred successor on the people of the state against the wishes of his political party and the good people of the state.

Interestingly, Ibikunle Amosun turned out to be the major beneficiary of the political conundrum which characterised the 2011 general elections in Ogun state. 

To some, the blatant refusal of Amosun to throw his weight behind the gubernatorial ambition of Dapo Abiodun may be a huge disadvantage for the aspirations of Dapo Abiodun, however, it is important to note that the key players in the APC on whom Amosun had place his hopes to install a stooge as his successor have moved en-masse to Dapo Abiodun’s camp to ensure his emergence. While some of them have followed the governor’s directives to move to a new political party, they have only done so in order to take their share of the loot and booties from the state treasury. 

In Nigerian democracy, endorsement of a gubernatorial candidate by a sitting president has, most time, served as a morale boaster for party members and their resolve to work for the party’s victory always go along this line. This is what President Muhammadu Buhari did by endorsing the Dapo Abiodun, the Ogun APC gubernatorial candidate after he had done it in many South West states. 

May 13, 2018 was a reassuring day for the people of Ekiti state. This was the day President Muhammadu Buhari hosted and anointed his erstwhile Minister of solid minerals, Dr Kayode Fayemi who resigned his ministerial appointment to contest as the governor of Ekiti state.  The aftermath of this endorsement was the emergence of Dr Kayode Fayemi as the governor of the state. People of Ekiti have trust for Mr President and they believe, Dr Fayemi, having worked with the president in his administration must have earned the trust and conviction of President Muhammadu Buhari before such endorsement could have been made public. 

Similarly, the people in the state of Osun experienced the Buhari endorsement on August 30, 2018 when Mr President raised the hand of Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola as his preferred candidate in the Osun gubernatorial elections. This was done in the presence of the outgoing governor, Rauf Aregbesola and the pictures were made public. Today, Mr President’s preferred candidate is the governor in the state of the living spring. 

President Muhammadu Buhari has been known for his integrity and honesty which he has been in public attention since his days as a junior military officer. Consequently, whoever he endorses for public office always gets wide acceptance. 

On the 28th day of December, 2018 President Muhammadu Buhari assured the electorates in Ogun state of his unwavering support for improved governance, party supremacy and individual integrity through his open endorsement of Prince Dapo Abiodun for the gubernatorial seat of Ogun state. This was done in the presence of the second civilian governor of the state, Chief Olusegun Osoba. 

Buhari’s endorsement of Prince Dapo Abiodun is a major newsbreak because of the litany of lies and heavy mudslinging sponsored by the enemies of Ogun state against the gubernatorial aspiration of the Iperu-Remo prince in the polity. The endorsement thus nullifies the falsehood that the president was in support of the anti-party activities of Governor Ibikunle Amosun. 

It is on record that Ibikunle Amosun has made 30 failed visits to Aso Rock within the last five weeks in his feeble bid to secure “Mr Integrity’s” endorsement of his preferred candidate, Hon. Akinlade. Due to the perceived love that exists between the President Buhari and Governor Amosun, the support of Mr President had been a major agenda in public discourse among residents of the state especially as the governor’s preferred candidate is vying on the platform of a different party from the president’s APC. 

Expectedly, the most popular and widely accepted candidate, Prince Dapo Abiodun got the endorsement of the president. This has not only generated widespread increased love for Mr President, it has also gone a long way in projecting his image as Mr Integrity. Undoubtedly, Prince Dapo Abiodun is the choice of the people in the Gateway state but the governor has continued to lavish the state’s funds on his new bride, the APM, instead of using the funds for the development of the state. 

If this adoption and open endorsement of Prince Dapo Abiodun by PMB is not enough to get the governor back on track and re-embrace his age-long friend for the betterment of the state. 

It is certain that Prince Abiodun, having served as the chairman, Corporate Affairs Commission has impressed President Buhari with his running of the affairs of the Commission to warrant his endorsement for a higher office. This gives credence to the maxim that “the reward for hard work is more work”.

It is good to emphasize that no serving governor in the history of Ogun state has been as greedy as the incumbent. He desires to single handily pick candidates for every elective office accruable to Ogun state. Having been rejected by the party members in his immoral quest, he has moved his stooges to a new political party while retaining the senatorial ticket of the APC for himself. 

His well-wishers hope he gets it right now and retrace his steps before it becomes too late for him.

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Why Nigerians Should Re-elect President Buhari – Amosun

Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on Monday explained why Nigerians should re-elect President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 16 presidential election.

President Buhari is contesting the election as candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Amosun, while speaking at Kajola ward in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area  stated that President Buhari has added value to the development of the country and the state in particular.

“It is important we vote for President Buhari because he is adding value to the development of Nigeria and Ogun State too.

“Look at our railway, airport, power and many others. So we should all vote for him,” he added.

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President Buhari Urges Ogun Electorates To Reject APM, Declares Support For APC Candidates

In what appeared to be a message directed at Ogun state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and his Imo state counterpart, Rochas Okorocha over their anti-party activities and disloyalty to party supremacy, President Muhammadu Buhari has lambasted the actions of some APC governors who single-handedly choose who to contest all elective positions in their states without carrying along all stakeholders.

President Buhari made this known in a television interview aired on Arise TV. The interview was aired for over one hour and the President made his opinion known over some splinter parties from the APC who have come to adopt him. He described their adoption as one based selfish reasons.

He described the party leadership as impartial and fair during the process of the primaries while he lambasted the governors who tried to single-handedly choose all candidates for all elective positions in their states without due process and also against the direct primary option the party provided for.

The President revealed that those splinter parties that endorsed him are after their selfish interests and has directed the people of the state to vote against them. The President has also declared his support for all APC candidates in a release made public by his media aide,

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President Buhari Will Campaign For All APC Candidates, Says Presidency

The Presidency says President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate in the forthcoming general elections, will campaign for the party and all its candidates.

A presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, made this known in a statement while reacting to media enquiries over the hosting of Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun by President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Sunday.

Amosun was accompanied by the Ogun state governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Abdulkadir Adekunle Akinlade, during the visit.

The statement read: “Following repeated media enquiries on the matter, the Presidency wishes to state in clear and unmistakable terms that as a party leader and a candidate on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the coming elections, President Muhammadu Buhari will campaign for the party and all its candidates.

“This, however, does not mean that he, as the nation’s leader, will decline courtesy calls or offers of support from citizens including candidates flying the flags of other parties.

“There is no doubt that the President has no competition here in terms of popularity in the coming elections. But the more support he gets, the wider the margin of victory there will be.

“So please let there be no confusion about this. President Buhari is APC. He will campaign for all APC candidates, but he welcomes support and endorsements.’’

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Ogun Police Command Arrest Four Suspects For Robbing Churches

Men of the Ogun State police command have arrested four suspected robbers who specialise in robbing churches and places of worship in Ijebu area of the state.

The suspects, Akinniyi Moses 43, Ogunfowoke Kayode 23, Michael Idogun 35, and Izunna Odah 29, were arrested following series of complaints from different churches that had fallen victims to their activities, the police said in Abeokuta, the state capital yesterday.

According to a statement issued by the command’s spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspects were arrested based on a tip-off. “On interrogation, they confessed being responsible for the attacks on churches in the area.

Among the churches they confessed they had robbed are Methodist Church Oru ijebu, Love of Epistles Church Ago iwoye and a building at Ajebo in Oru ijebu,” the statement indicated.

Oyeyemi further disclosed: “Recovered from them are a double-barrel locally-made pistol, 17.62mm live ammunition, five DBSG live cartridges, six handsets, three Ox fans, one big speaker, two VSO identity cards, one plasma TV, two gas cylinders, one bullet proof vest, five stabilizers, one church bell, two pistol purse and one jack knife.”

All the items, he said had been identified by their owners.

The statement noted that the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Iliyasu, had ordered that the suspects be transferred to FSARS for discreet investigation. He warned that the command will not rest on its oars in its efforts to make Ogun a crime-free state.

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APC Dissolves State, LG, Ward Excos In Ogun, Imo

The All Progressives Congress has dissolved the executive committees in Imo and Ogun states.

Also dissolved were the local government and ward executives in the two states.

In their place, the NWC would inaugurate caretaker committees that would superintend over the affairs of the party in the two states ahead of the general elections.

Their dissolution formed part of the resolutions reached during the National Working Committee meeting presided over by the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, in Abuja on Tuesday.

Recall that Governor Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun) and his counterpart in Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, and Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, had vowed to work against governorship candidates in their states.

A member of the NWC told Punch newspaper correspondent that the meeting decided to dissolve all the party structures in Ogun and Imo states to stem the conflict of ideas being promoted by the two governors.

He said, “The two governors have sponsored their preferred candidates on the platform of other political parties while they are holding on to the APC’s senatorial tickets.

“We see this as a conflict of interest which could jeopardise the party’s efforts to win the two states.”

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Appeal Court Sacks Kashamu As PDP’s Governorship Candidate In Ogun

The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan has sacked Buruji Kashamu as the Ogun State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

PDP had sued the Adedayo Bayo-led faction to the Court of Appeal to challenge an earlier judgment by a lower court.

Delivering the judgment on Tuesday, the three-man appeal panel, headed by Justice A.B. Bada, set aside the judgment of a Federal High Court in Abeokuta which held that Kashamu and those who emerged from his faction were the PDP candidates for the 2019 general election.

According to the panel, which resolved the issues raised for determination in the appeal in favour of the PDP, the rights of the appellants to a fair hearing were breached as they were not properly served when the case was heard at the lower court.

Justice H.S. Samani read the lead judgment, which also had the support of Justices Bada and N. Okoronkwo.

Pending further action by the Kashamu faction, with the Tuesday judgment, Honourable Oladipupo Adebutu is the governorship candidate of the PDP in Ogun State.

SR

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Ogun Royal Fathers Shower Blessings On APC Guber Candidate Dapo Abiodun

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has received the blessings of the royal institutions in Remoland led by the Paramount ruler and Akarigbo of Remo Land, Oba Babatunde Ajayi.

The Remo royal fathers including the Ewusi of Makun Sagamu, Oba Timothy Akinsanya, Oludotun of Idotun Ikenne, the Odunayo Solarin  and Onirolu of Irolu – all spoke on behalf of other Obas and blessed the candidate of APC to show support for his ambition and as one competent to govern the state.

Also, the Akarigbo, Oba Ajayi,  prayed for Abiodun’s success in his aspiration to govern the state, advising him to ensure he fulfills the policies he highlighted when the candidate gets the people’s mandate.

Abiodun who reeled out his manifestos during the consultation, highlighted the policies and plans, including free education up to the junior school, provision of standard health care, provision of industrial parks, increase in Internally Generated Revenue(IGR) and even distribution of infrastructures that would be implemented when he becomes the governor of the State.

While pleading for support for himself and his Deputy from the Paramount ruler, Dapo also used the medium to solicit support for President Muhammed Buhari for his second term ambition tagged Next level for Nigeria

While reading his blueprint to the council of Obas, Abiodun said within one year of his administration, he will ensure increase in the IGR of the state, rural development , good governance, women empowerment, educational development, improved health sector, facilitate the availability of constant power supply and infrastructural development among others.

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2019: Ogun APC Guber Candidate Vows To Resolve Crisis

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Ogun State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Prince Dapo Abiodun has expressed optimism that the internal crisis rocking the state chapter of the party would be resolved before the election.
Prince Abiodun also expressed the confidence that the incumbent governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun would also be part of the APC campaign in the state.
The APC governorship candidate who made these known in Iperu Remo during the unveiling of his deputy, Mrs. Noimot Salako Oyedele maintained that Governor Amosun would be part of the APC campaign in the state.
He explained that the state leadership of the party still has days to resolve whatever crisis that is bedeviling the party to approach the election as a united political family.
According to Prince Abiodun, transparency and accountability would form the fulcrum of his administration assuring that he would assist towards restoring the citizens’ confidence and trust in government.
He explained that APC ‘s administration under him would work towards providing 24-hour uninterrupted electricity supply for the state through an Independent Power Project (IPP).
Prince Abiodun said his government would provide an enabling environment for ease of doing businesses in the state.
Others programme highlighted include, development of rural roads, agricultural system that would aim at feeding Ogun and its neighbouring states, as well as a comprehensive and qualitative healthcare system that would licence the traditional health care givers to practice unhindered.
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2019: Police Assures Political Parties Of Peaceful Campaign

Deputy Inspector General of Police for the South West, Mr. Oshodi Glover Agboola, has said that the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has put together a “robust and elaborate” security arrangement to ensure peaceful campaign for all the political parties.

Mr. Agboola disclosed this yesterday at an interactive session with political party leaders and officers from other security agencies in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

“Everyone to tread on the path of peace before, during and after the 2019 elections,” he said.

He further warned that any person found with arms during campaigns would be prosecuted. He also appealed to parents and guardians to keep their wards off thuggery, because “politics is not a do or die affair.”

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Dapo Youth Vanguard Drums Support For Buhari’s Re-Election And Dapo Abiodun Governorship Ambition

A socio-political group, Dapo Abiodun Youth Vanguard which is statewide and has its Structure across all the 20 Local Goverment and 37 LCDA of ogun state has commenced campaign for the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari and APC Governoship Candididate, Prince Dapo Abiodun in 2019.

The agenda of the group is to propagate, canvass, enlighten and educate people at the grassroots on the programmes and policies of Prince Dapo Abiodun especially the Blue Print of our incoming Governor.

DA Youth Vangusrd is a support group that is geared towards the development of youth and for lovers of the progress of youth in our dear state.

The State Secretary of the group, Com. Olamide Lawal while addressing the members of the group at their solidarity rally, urged them to take the campaign to every doorsteps within the nooks and crannies of the State.

The group also disclosed that one of the reasons they are prepared to follow Prince Dapo Abiodun is that he is synonymous with excellence, “He is not only a hard worker but a master planner who has excel in Business world..

According to him, DA youth Vanguard will intensify its campaign towards ensuring that Both Prince Dapo Abiodun and President Buhari are elected in 2019.

“From these polling units, sensitisation of the government programmes will continually be made on best democratic practices.

“Through this group, we are making conscious effort to train future leaders and to establish those youth economically.

The DA Youth Vanguard is at the forefront of asking the youth to key into Prince Dapo Abiodun’s policies and programmes.

“When we sensitise and showcase the good work of Mr President to the people, then we’ll be certain that Buhari will return in 2019.” he added.

Other State executives of the group are Barr. Femi Idris who is the coordinator ; Com. Timothy Odedina as the publicity secretary among other notable youths in the State.

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Amosun’s Candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, Dumps APC For APM

A member of the House of Representatives, and preferred governorship candidate of Governor Ibikunle Amosun in Ogun State, Mr. Adekunle Akinlade, on Thursday formally dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Akinlade, who lost the APC gubernatorial ticket to Prince Dapo Abiodun, announced his defection to the Allied People’s Movement (APM) on the floor of the House.

He is billed to contest the 2019 governorship election on the platform of his new party.

In the same vein, the Majority Leader of Ogun State House of Assembly, Yinka Mafe, and the Chief Whip, Idowu Olowofuja, as well as two state legislators defected from the APC to APM.

The other two lawmakers are Tunde Sanusi, representing Obafemi-Owode state constituency, and Ganiyu Oyedeji, representing Ifo II state constituency.

The defection confirmed the exclusive report by New Telegraph on Tuesday that loyalists of Governor Ibikunle Amosun in the Ogun APC will defect this week.

The governor is expected to stay back “tactically” in the APC to work for the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The exit of Amosun’s loyalists was as a result of the alleged refusal of the National Working Committee (NWC) of APC to uphold the candidacy of Akinlade for 2019 governorship election.

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