Ogun APC governorship candidate: Amosun, Oshiomhole, Aregbesola re-enact rivalry as youths protest imposition of Abiodun

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s  campaign rally touched down at the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Monday with a pledge to  renew the  fight against  corruption, insecurity and boost the nation’s  economy.
Buhari, who addressed a large crowd of party members, leaders and  supporters ahead of the general elections,  said his administration had achieved an appreciable success in the fight against corruption, insecurity and resuscitation of the economy  within three and a half years of his current tenure.

Ogun APC governorship candidate: Amosun, Oshiomhole, Aregbesola re-enact rivalry as youths protest imposition of Abiodun
Buhari in Ogun

The president, who recalled his undertaking  to focus on the three areas during his pre-election campaign in 2015,  noted that the northern part of Nigeria was the worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency before he came to power.
He said  that peace had since returned to the region due to a sustained fight against the terrorists.
According to Buhari, his administration has achieved a reasonable level of food security with states like Jigawa, Bauchi and Ebonyi now producing and exporting rice and other products.
The president noted that funds recovered through the sustained fight against corruption had been committed to infrastructural development such as  road and rail constructions with a positive effect on the economy.
He urged the people of the state to vote for him so as to enable him keep  Nigeria on the path of steady  economic recovery and growth in the next four years .
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in his remarks, told the people of his home state  that, if re- elected, the Muhammadu Buhari -led administration would prioritise youth employment, power and financial aids to petty traders.
He maintained  that Nigeria must elect a righteous leader if it must achieve monumental progress, adding that righteousness exalts nation.
Ogun APC governorship candidate: Amosun, Oshiomhole, Aregbesola re-enact rivalry as youths protest imposition of Abiodun
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Osinbajo, who affirmed that Buhari’s integrity was unquestionable even among the opposition, stressed  that the president deserved to be re-elected and returned for a second  term in office.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun, in his address, said the people of the state were  supporting Buhari’s re-election bid.
He told the crowd  that it was the Buhari-led administration that acknowledged the victory of late MKO Abiola in the  June 12, 1993 election, and recognised the deceased as the actual winner after his demise.
Ogun APC governorship candidate: Amosun, Oshiomhole, Aregbesola re-enact rivalry as youths protest imposition of Abiodun
Rauf Aregbesola

The former  governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, however,  expressed concern over what he described as the “anti- party activities” among some party members.
“We have all identified with the APC and we are not known for another political party.
“All APC members carrying the flags and identifying with other political parties are hypocritical,’’ he said.
He, therefore, sought for a bloc vote for Buhari from all members of the party in Ogun State.
Ogun APC governorship candidate: Amosun, Oshiomhole, Aregbesola re-enact rivalry as youths protest imposition of Abiodun
Tinubu and Oshiomhole

The National Chairman of APC, Mr Adams Oshiomhole,  also drummed  support for Buhari from the people of Ogun, declaring that Dapo Abiodun is the only governorship candidate recognised by the APC.
The rally  was, however, temporarily halted as Oshiomhole announced that he had the responsibility to present Abiodun to the people.
Ogun APC governorship candidate: Amosun, Oshiomhole, Aregbesola re-enact rivalry as youths protest imposition of Abiodun
Ogun APC and APM

The event became tense as some angry youths protested the imposition of Abiodun as the governorship candidate against their choice of Abiodun Akinlade, who is now the APM governorship candidate. It is believed Akinlade is being sponsored by Amosun.
There had been a face-off between Oshiomhole and Amosun.
The comments by Aregbesola, according to a source at the stadium, “added more petrol to the fire”.
Amosun, who had considered the emergence of Abiodun as the winner of the primary elections conducted by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) as an imposition by Oshiomhole on the party in Ogun, had vowed not to support Abiodun.
Oshiomhole had also been accusing Amosun of supporting Akinlade against Abiodun.
Ogun APC governorship candidate: Amosun, Oshiomhole, Aregbesola re-enact rivalry as youths protest imposition of Abiodun
Buhari and Dapo Abiodun

The president, however, raised Abiodun’s hand  as the APC governorship candidate.

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