By Adenike Lucas, Editor DENISAURUS News
The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, held its congress across the state to elect executive members on Saturday, but in its usual form, the act did not go untroubled.
For instance, a faction loyal to the Governor of Ogun State, held its congress at the MKO Abiola stadium, while others held theirs at the Ake palace ground, Abeokuta.
It has been widely reported that there was a clash at the Ake palace among supporters of the two, causing police to intervene. In the end, the leading members of the party, which includes Tolu Odebiyi, Adekunle Akinlade, who were assembled at the Palace, went on to elect state executive members for the party.
Governor Dapo Abiodun, who through Federal might, in 2019, had defeated Mr Akinlade by only 20,000 votes, is expecting to run for a second term, but DENISAURUS News is aware that the dynamics of the last elections that helped the Heyden Oil Magnet to win are no longer there.
For starters the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, an ally of Governor Abiodun has been clipped at the wings and has lost much of his charm within the state; likewise, he’s lost it on a federal level.
Also, the chairman of the APC, who cancelled a primary favouring Mr Akinlade, and anointed Governor Abiodun as the party’s candidate back in 2019, has been disgracefully removed from the office.
While Senator Ibikunle Amosun (SIA), in whose faction Mr Akinlade, a forner House of Rep member, belongs has reunited with the centre.
The former two term governor of Ogun State, who refused to support his friend’s ambition because of what he claimed to know, is a long-term friend of President Muhammadu Buhari and his nephew, Mamman Daura.
This has meant when sharing national position, the man representing Ogun Central, has gotten all the spoils for his followers. The spoils include the ministerial and ambassadorial position slatted for the state.
To make matters worse for Governor Abiodun, he faces another conundrum over the issue of Ogun West, where Solomon Adeola, a senator currently representing Lagos West, wants to secure the ticket to run.
Senator Adeola, popularly known as Yayi, gave his political structure to the governor to use at the last elections, however there may be a tough battle for the Governor as the current occupant of the position, former Chief of Staff to SIA, Tolu Odebiyi, has returned to the camp of his old boss.
There is also the issue of Otunba Gbenga Daniels, who also wants to run for the Ogun East senatorial district, but the thing is how can both the governor and senator both come from Remo? What would the Ijebus say?
The mumblings already going on over the roads in Ogun state is there and the failure and smugness of Governor Abiodun’s media team is nothing to write home about. They say there is no opposition in the state.
Whoever calls them out is labelled a “political hyena and scavenger,” a derogatory statement from people who churn the slogan “building our future together,” almost everyday.
There may be no vibrant opposition political party in Ogun state, but the work will be done from the inside. Yoruba’s will say “enkule ni ota wa, inu ile ni ase ni ngbe.”
Just look at the state of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola and his successor, Governor Gboyega Oyetola are in such a battle that they also had parallel congress.
Parallel congress also took place in Lagos, Kano, Oyo and other areas in the country.
No doubt 2022, leading up to the next elections, will be a very interesting time in our country. Something tells me, that the winners will all be selected by the people in Abuja.