Eye on Ogun State Governorship - Dapo Abiodun

Femi Ogbonnikan takes a critical look at the prospects of Prince Dapo Abiodun, an Ogun State Governorship aspirant on the platform of the APC, preparatory to the coming direct primary election in his bid to clinch the governorship ticket

“There are a thousand excuses for failure, but never a good reason,”  says Mark Twain.

This aphorism rightly captures Nigeria’s home-grown definition of democracy which is at variance with the borrowed concept from the USA.

This is why the upcoming 2019 Ogun State Governorship race depicts a litmus test, either by a way of recycling the old order through a surrogate or a fresh bloody, coming to chart a new lease of life.  

The incumbent governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has made good his promise to hand over the baton to a Yewa candidate in the person of Abdulkabir Adekunle Akinlade, a serving lawmaker who represents Yewa South/Ipokia Federal Constituency, as the Ogun State APC consensus governorship candidate.

This is responsible for the uneasy calm in the Ogun APC family. Distrust, angst and displeasure have set in over the faulty process.

Besides, the Ogun East aspirants see the development as an attempt to exempt the Province from partaking in the governorship contest.

With the aggrieved aspirants, Prince Dapo Abiodun, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, Adegbenga Kaka, Otunba Jimi Lawal and the lone aspirant from Ogun West, Chief Abayomi Hunye, having obtained the governorship nomination forms and are prepared for the direct primary, a showdown is looming and may upset the political permutation.

Meanwhile, some allies, loyalists and strong supporters averse to Amosun’s choice, have been withdrawing their support.

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