Apprehension in Yewa/Awori as Ogun APC adopts indirect primaries over consensus
Hon. Abdulkabir Adekunle Akinlade-The consensus candidate
Abeokuta, September 20, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Palpable fears have gripped Yewa indegenes over the latest resolution of the ruling party in Ogun state, the All Progressives Congress (APC) to adopt indirect primaries for the selection of its candidates for the 2019 general election, including governorship
This is contrary to the party’s widely reported decision of September 5, 2018 which adopted consensus arrangement and has produced a Yewa Son.
The party reverses itself on Thursday at the ongoing State Executive Committee (SEC) meeting holding at MTR Centre, Ibara House, Abeokuta.
No fewer than 111 SEC members present at the meeting unanimously adopted the review in a motion moved by APC Chairman, Sagamu Local Government, Segun Solarin and seconded by former Ogun Assembly Speaker, Segun Gbeleyi.
Though, the state Chairman, Derin Adebiyi said the party still favours consensus arrangement, but added that “where it fails, the party will go for indirect primaries”
The apprehension, Alternativeafrica.com learnt was not unconnected with underground opposition to the consensus candidate Hon. Abdulkabir Adekunle Akinlade, representing Yewa-South/Ipokia Federal Constituency at the National Assembly as the governorship candidate of All Progressives Party (APC), for the 2019 general election in the state.
Alternativeafrica.com exclusively reported that the choice of Akinlade did not go down well with some members of Yewa APC particularly the youths who say the elders have gone for money rather than the interest of the Yewa zone
Our source who has a very good knowledge about the situation told Alternativeafrica.com that Akinlade was an imposition by the state governor Ibikunle Amosun who failed to get the blessings of the APC leader in the state, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and other notable leaders, including a former governor of the state, Olusegun Osoba.
Our source believed that should should the consensus arrangement fail, Yewa may loose the slot to Remo /Ijebu a situation similar to what happened in 2011 when when the incumbent governor Amosun emerged to defeat Yewa candidate
It is believed that a former commissioner for commerce under Amosun Bimbo Ashiru who is strongly favoured within Remo/Ijebu axis may emerge from the primaries.
This will be a crushing blow to yewa/Awori people who have long been backed by well meaning people to produce the next governor of the state
Outgoing Governor, Ibikunle Amosun was not present at the meeting.