ABEOKUTA – The intrigues which characterised the outcome of the primaries of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in Ogun State is no more a news, and one of the intrigues is governor Ibikunle Amosun staying in APC to contest his Senatorial seat in Ogun Central while many other loyalists who felt aggrieved about the outcome of the primaries have since defected to the Allied Peoples Movement, APM.
Apart from the governor’s anointed gubernatorial candidate, AbdulKabir Adekunle Akinlade who now flies the flag of APM, some members of Ogun State cabinet and core loyalists of the governor have sought solace in the new party.
As more intrigues unfold, Governor Amosun kick started his Senatorial ambition in a grand style, two weeks ago, and this time, at the palace of Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo where the whole Egba Traditional Council were on hand to welcome the governor.
Governor Amosun is not a greenhorn in the legislative duties. Before he became the governor, Senator Amosun represented the same senatorial district between 2003 and 2007, and if elected again, Amosun will not only be a ranking Senator, he would have broke the jinx of second term by any Senator from Ogun State as no senator has ever had the opportunity of second term from the State.
Governor Amosun was, along with his wife, Olufunso Amosun, and the leadership of the party loyal to the governor in the State led by Derin Adebiyi, and other well wishers, at the palace to seek the blessings of the traditional rulers. Not long was the introduction of dignitaries done that the drummers who had followed the governor to the venue, The Rebuilders Band, began the message, but only for those who understand the tunes of talking drum.
‘Ó d’owó èyin Àwòròsàsà, àjà ò gbodò jì m’Ámósùn lésè, ó dowó èyin Àwòròsàsà. Aláké ó d’owóyín, ó dowó èyin Àwòròsàsà, àjà ò gbodò jì m’Ámósùn lésè, ó dowó èyin Àwòròsàsà.
Literally, the talking drums said, “It’s up to you great elders, Amosun must not be humiliated, it’s up to you the great elders. It’s up to you Alake (Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo), it’s up to you great elders, Amosun must not stumble, it’s up to you great elders.”
The Alake and other Obas who listened with rapt attention to the rhythm were seen nodding their heads in an obvious understanding of the message later rose, led by the Governor, and danced to the tune.
Governor Amosun has been at loggerheads with some leadership of APC in the country over the outcome of the primaries.
They include the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole; the National leader of the party and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; former governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba, amongst others.
Amosun recently referred to them as ‘Capo Di Tutti’ and rapacious expansionists who were bent on expanding their coast to Ogun State by allegedly forcing the governorship candidate of the party, Prince Dapo Abiodun on the party over Amosun’s choice Abdulkabir Adekunle Akinlade.
Many believe these men, amongst unseen others, might still have many things up their sleeves to publicly embarrass the governor as the party campaigns across the country.
Amosun, while addressing the traditional rulers said he was in the palace to pay homage to the traditional rulers and to intimate them on his senatorial ambition.
Amosun who insisted that he won’t be a greenhorn in the Senate having served in that capacity before becoming the Governor promised to use all his contacts and goodwill to attract more development to the senatorial district.
While acknowledging the support and wise counsel of the Monarchs in his almost eight years in office, the governor promised to give an inspiring and wonderful representation to the District.
He added that he will keep up with the tradition of coming back to Abeokuta, saying that was the reason why he has relocated to the State capital in order to be watchful of what happens to Ogun State.
He said, “We mustn’t take ourselves for granted, I won’t say because I am the governor, I should not come here to pay homage to our fathers, I want thought to take people for granted and that is why we said this should be the starting point.
“We are here to let you know that I will be running for Senate. As a governor, I am assuring you that I will work till last day and last hour and going to the Senate would be Kore work because the reward of handwork is more work.
“If I am elected, I will use the contacts and the goodwill I have gathered, I will be very watchful of what happens to Ogun State. It is your guidance and the wise counsel that has taken us thus far, and I want you to continue with that support and advice.
“I have represented this District between 2003 and 2007, this time around I will have inspiring and very wonderful representation to the people of Ogun Central. I will not abandon my constituency and that is why I have relocated to Abeokuta, I will keep up with the tradition of coming back to Abeokuta.”
Oba Gbadebo, while responding prayed that Amosun succeed over his enemies saying that the governor has surpassed expectation of people in transforming the State.
Oba Gbadebo who solicited support for the senatorial ambition of the Governor said the job of rebuilding the state has been partially accomplished by Amosun adding that voting him into Senate will provide another opportunity.
Alake said Amosun will remain a reference point for a very long time in the State, explaining that he has given more than what was expected from him in terms of transforming the State.
He said, “We should be the one to thank Amosun because we didn’t know the enormity of governor’s powers to transform a state, and that is why a lot of state are jealous of Ogun State today.
“If Amosun is voted as Senator he will wield much influence and power and ensures that the resources meant for the State are released.
“Amosun is a home grown and to whom much is given, much is expected. The job of rebuilding Ogun State is partially done. This is the first time we are seeing the extent of enormity a governor can give, his mission is bigger than that of ours and this has happen all over Ogun State.
“Amosun’s name will be written in gold and he will remain a reference point for a very long time.”
Chief Edward Adeboye, the Oluwo of Egba added another twist to the discussion when he reminded the gathering of an attempt to depose the Monarch by the last administration of Otunba Gbenga Daniel when he (Alake) demanded for repairs of roads in his domain.
He said the governor has done more than what was requested from the immediate past administration.
He said, “It’s almost nine years ago, they want to shame us in Egbaland because Alake requested that three roads be repaired in Egbaland.
“They have prepared somewhere along Epe to banish Alake but Amosun came and did more that what was requested.”
The crisis in Ogun State APC took a new dimension when aggrieved loyalists of the Governor including serving national and state lawmakers, cabinet members, etc moved with Akinlade to the Allied Peoples Movement, APM.
One of those now in APM is member representing Abeokuta North/Odeda/Obafemi Owode, Hon Mikkail Kazim who controls three our of the six local governments of Ogun Central where Amosun hopes to win the election to return to the Senate.
While no one can contest the popularity of the governor in Ogun Central, it still remain unknown, the magic Amosun hopes to deploy to win the election in APC while his preferred House of Representatives candidate, Kazim, hopes to win in APM, in an election which takes place the same day.
Would Amosun sacrifice his ambition for Kazim or will Amosun sacrifice Kazim for his own election? This is a matter of weeks from now but one thing is clear, larger percentage of votes are nor so sophisticated politically to separate one ballot paper from the other.