The Battle for the Soul of Ogun State – Who is Next?

I woke up on the morning of Wednesday October 3, 2018 to calls and messages from friends and family asking if I was safe. Some wanted to know if I was in Abeokuta because they had heard news of political unrest and disturbances.
Some even thought I had been kidnapped because at some point I wasn’t reachable. The current state in Ogun State is that of fear and insecurity.
Ogun State in the last 96 hours has been one of a desperate battle for power within the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC). Like in Lagos, on the one hand, is Abiodun Akinlade (AAA) backed by the incumbent Governor Ibikunle Amosun and on the other side is Dapo Abiodun allegedly supported by the Vice President and the APC NWC. In the flanks of the same battle are others like Bimbo Ashiru, Gbenga Kaka and Jimi Lawal.

It was rumoured months ago that the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, had requested the president to allow him to produce the next Governor of Ogun State. Months later, Dapo Abiodun, was said to have confronted Governor Amosun about his intention and he Amosun had told him the Governorship had been zoned to Ogun West. We are told that Dapo Abiodun left the meeting angrily, determined to go against his one-time political ally and bosom friend. The battle line had been drawn.
According to a statement credited to Senator Iyabo Anishulowo, the Vice President is supporting Dapo Abiodun because of “friendship”, and because like Dapo, the VP is from the Remo part of Ogun State. As a distant mentee of the Vice President, a young Nigerian and the governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy in Ogun State, I will be quite disappointed if this is true. The Nigerian youth hold the Vice President in high esteem, and we believe he should be above board and far from this kind of desperate politics.

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