The preferred governorship candidate of the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, Adekunle Akinlade, has opened up on a plot against him and his ambition by some people.
The current governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement in Ogun State, Akinlade, on Monday alleged that an unnamed former governor of the state connived with some leaders of the All Progressives Congress to rig the party’s primary election in favour of the governorship candidate, Dapo Abiodun.
Akinlade made the allegation while speaking during his ward-to-ward campaign tour of Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state. He said the former governor in question could not come into the state for more than six years after he left office for fear of persecution.
He claimed the former governor was able to return after the incumbent govenor, Ibikunle Amosun, rebuilt the state.
The governorship candidate alleged that the former governor “conspired with some external forces to sell out the state to political profiteers.”
He said, “The leader who stole my mandate for Dapo Abiodun could not enter Ogun State for six years before 2011. “Amosun came in 2011 and rebuilt the state. He fought insecurity to a standstill. That was when he came back into his own house in Abeokuta.
“It is sad that an elder statesman like him could be working with some external forces to truncate the development we are currently enjoying in Ogun State.
“In 2015, he left the party for the SDP (Social Democratic Party). He wanted Amosun to fail, but God said no. He defected with two senators, six House of Representatives members and 11 House of Assembly members, yet they all lost. They will lose again. Now, he and his people are on a mission to turn Ogun State upside down. By the grace of God, Ogun under my watch would not allow anybody to hijack our natural resources, especially our lands. Ogun will be safe with me as the governor.
“They are fighting Amosun because he didn’t share Ogun lands for them. He didn’t allow them to siphon Ogun State’s wealth.”
Akinlade assured his supporters that the APM would not allow a repeat of the rigging that occurred in the state during the APC primary election.
He promised that their votes would count and urged them to defend their votes. “They spent dollars to buy tickets. They borrowed money. Now they want to buy results again during the coming general elections.
“That’s why they didn’t go ward to ward. It won’t work. Vote and stand by it,” he advised the people.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party and former chairman of Ewekoro Local Government, Iskilu Makinde, has defected to the APM. Also, no fewer than 400 members of the African Democratic Party in the area defected to the APM on Monday.
The defectors were received by Akinlade and his running mate, Mrs Adepeju Adebajo.
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