The governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, declared he almost defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) after the results of the primary elections in the state.
The governor was at loggerheads with the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC over its conduct during the primaries.
This may be connected with the fact that the governor’s preferred choice as successor, Abiodun Akinlade, did not make the list of the candidates certified by the NWC.
This development angered Amosun who threw his support behind a parallel primary organised by the state chapter of the party but the NWC insisted on Dapo Abiodun as the governorship candidate of the state for the 2019 general elections.
The governor held several meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari but that did not change the situation.
There were reports that Amosun finalised his plans to defect to the Accord Party after falling out with the leadership of APC but the governor described the reports as nonsensical.
In a statement issued on the governor’s behalf by the state commissioner for information, Dayo Adeneye, he said, “It is true that enormous pressure was brought to bear on Governor Amosun to move to another party, because of the glaring injustice meted out to some party mes at the recent primaries, but the governor maintained his stand that he would not decamp, especially on account of President Muhammadu Buhari, whose judgment and sense of justice, as the leader of the party, he cherishes and values immensely.
“For those who know Amosun over the years, his struggles are usually not about his own person but equity, justice and fairness for all, especially the downtrodden masses. President Buhari represents this spirit and Amosun will stand by him and with him in any party at all times and at all costs”.