Nigeria 2019: Ogun APC postpones governorship primaries as PDP holds parallel primaries
By J.J johnson
Abeokuta, September 30, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Confusion is currently trailing the governorship primaries of the peoples democratic party, PDP and that of the All progressive Party, APC in the Ogun State
The two parties, ruling party, APC and PDP, the main opposition are currently holding their governorship primaries in the state Sunday, 30th September 2018.
While, the Peoples Democratic Party in the state is holding a parallel governorship primary in Abeokuta, the state capital, the national committee members to supervise the primary of APC are no where to be seen with confusing rumours that the exercise might have been postponed
A two paragraph statement just released by Chief Wole Elegbede, Public Relations officer, APC Ogun state informed of the postponement” This is to inform all the APC party faithful in Ogun state that the governorship direct primary slated for today (Sunday 30th, September 2018) has been officially postponed
Further directives will be issued later pending clarification from the national Working Committee”
In PDP, a faction headed by Bayo Dayo is holding its own primary at the party secretariat along the Presidential Boulevard, Abeokuta with two governorship aspirants, Alhaji Wole Adeyanyu and Prince Adeleke Shittu.
Shortly before the primary began, Alhaji Wole Adeyanju announced his withdrawal from the race leaving prince shittu Adeleke as the consensus candidate
The Sikirulahi Ogundele-led faction is holding its own at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library complex, Abeokuta.
This faction has only one governorship aspirant, Oladipupo Adebutu, who is currently a member of the House of Representatives.
In Abeokuta, Amosun’s strong hold APC Party members however turned out in their scores at various wards across the state, holding their primaries despite the absence of the umpires from Abuja
At Ward 6, Itoko, Abeokuta, at 10.30am, when our correspondent visited the ward, APC members were already on the queue, waiting.
The serving Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr. Afolabi Afuape, sighted at the ward told journalists that the members had gathered at the ward from 7am.
He said, “We are still awaiting the team from Abuja, the members of the APC had turned up at the ward since 7am.”
There are, however, conflicting information that the primary might have been postponed till either Monday or Tuesday.
But Alternativeafrica.com has been reliably informed that the postponement might not be unconnected with a meeting Ogun state governor Ibikunle Amosun held with all APC ward chairmen on Saturday where they were categorically told who to work for.