A member of the House of Representatives and factional candidate of the All Progress Congress (APC) gubernatorial primary in Ogun State, Adekunle Akinlade has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari has already intervened to resolve the controversy surrounding the primaries held in his state.
It would be recalled that two parallel primaries took place in the state, one was conducted by the state party led by Derin Adebiyi which produced Akinlade, and another was conducted under the supervision of eight-man National Working Committee (NWC)-led by Muhammad Indabawa which produced Dapo Abiodun.
Other members of the panel include Gbenga Aluko (Secretary), Ali Magashi, Matthew Omegara, Kabir Ahmed, Osita Okechukwu, Echeza Oshogwe and Abdulazeez Anuchi.
Speaking to journalists at the lobby of the National Assembly after signing the condolence register of the late Funke Adedoyin, a former member of the House who passed away during the recess.
On the controversy surrounding the primary election, he said, “The matter is being handled by the leadership of our party, I can tell you clearly that the President has personally intervened in this issue.
“I won’t call what is going on a controversy, it’s politics, those things happen and I think it’s something that will be resolved, the people of Ogun State have spoken, they voted for me massively, about 95% of the votes which took place on the 2nd of October. I believe that at the right time, the election will be upheld, we are talking about democratic process, which is very clear, the records are there”.
Adekunle who is rumoured to be the anointed candidate of the incumbent Governor, Ibikunle Amosun noted that between today and tomorrow, his candidacy will be announced.
“The INEC deadline is for primaries, and we have done our primaries on the 2nd of October, so the issue is not about primary, the issue is about announcing the result, which is what we are waiting for, once the leaders resolved whatever the difference between them, I know my election will be upheld, and it will be announced, which represents the true wish of the people, the interest of the people of Ogun State across the 236 wards of Ogun State and the records are there,” he said.
On the late former Minister of health, Akinlade said, “It’s a very sad one, she was someone I have come to develop a strong and respectable relationship with. She was like a big sister to me personally, very strong and very matured. And the news of her death came like a great shock”.