Former governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State may have lost out in his bid to control the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
It will be recalled that while the Ogun State chapter of the party held it’s Congress in MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta, a faction of the party, loyal to Amosun, held a parallel congress at the Palace of the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo in Abeokuta.
Investigations revealed that this was contrary to the instructions of the national arm of the APC, which gave recognition to only the executives of the party across the states that are loyal to the incumbent Governors or the highest poitical office holders in the states that are not being ruled by the party.
It was gathered that with this, the likes of Senator Ibikunle Amosun have lost out in the power tussle in their states.
The APC faction loyal to Governor Dapo Abiodun has since been given recognition by the national caucus of the party as the incumbent Governor.
As the Governor, Dapo Abiodun had emphasised that he is in-charge of the party in the state.
The faction loyal to Senator Amosun had elected Chief Derin Adebiyi as the chairman.
But Chief Yemi Sanusi emerged as the Chairman of the faction supported by the incumbent Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun.
It will however be recalled that there was tension at the palace of the Alake of Egbaland, on Saturday, when hoodlums stormed the venue of the state congress of the APC faction loyal to Amosun.
Gunmen broke into the venue, which was being used by the faction, shortly before the exercise commenced.
Hundreds of persons, including security operatives, scampered for safety amid the pandemonium.
The crowd of party supporters later threw stones at the hoodlums, who later fled the scene.
Apparently aggrieved that the security agents, including Police, NSCDC operatives, did not resist the hoodlums, the APC members, mostly youths, charged towards the security men and chased them away.
However, the security personnel, who ran momentarily, turned against the aggrieved youths, shooting into the air to resist further attacks.
Sources however, revealed that there was no way Amosun would have his way as the officials of the party sent by the national caucus of the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recognised Governor Dapo Abiodun’s faction, which they said is the authentic APC executive council in the state.
The State Congress Committee of the APC had announced a screening exercise of all aspirants seeking election into various state party offices at the congress prior to Saturday.
The exercise took place at the State Secretariat of the party at Moshood Abiola Way, Iyana Mortuary, Abeokuta on Friday, 15th October, 2021 from 2:30pm under the leadership of the committee chairman, Hon. Wale Ohu.
All aspirants were urged to bring along with them for screening all necessary documents that qualified them for the offices sought.
Ohu had assured that everything would be done to ensure a credible, free, fair and transparent congress.