Osoba group accuses Amosun of wasting N750 million

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By DAUD OLATUNJI, ABEOKUTA
A faction loyal to the  former governor of Ogun State and  national  leader of the All Progressives Congress, Aremo Segun Osoba has accused Amosun’s faction of squandering N750 million on the botched inauguration of his state executive council.

The  Secretary of the faction loyal to Chief Osoba,   Chief Abimbola Awofeso stated this during a consultative meeting held within the private residence of Osoba on the crisis rocking the party.

Both Osoba and Amosun factions had held their separate congresses which produced parallel executive councils.

Speaking  shortly before Chief Osoba addressed his loyalists,  Awofeso said Governor Amosun had made overtures to him with a view to wooing him to his faction but he refused.

According to him, “I have been with Aremo Osoba for 45 years, he  is my boss in journalism. There is nothing I do that Chief Osoba would not be involved.

“The money spent on the botched inauguration was too much. They (Amosun faction) spent  N750 million. I am a reporter but, God disgraced  them.
There   was nothing they have not said about Osoba.

“He called me to his  office asking me that  since when have I been  following  Chief  Osoba and  I said since I was  43 years. I told them that  since I have been with him, he has never behaved like this.

“I was with governor during the local government elections. They brought somebody for councillor,  the governor vowed that he would not field  him because he did not obtain a form , but, he fielded him eventually. I  was there in the night because they brought me from Sagamu”, he alleged.

Also speaking at the well attended meeting, the national officer from Ogun State,  Chief Yemi Sanusi denied that the national body had asked the governor to organise the botched inauguration.

Chief Segun Osoba and Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun

Chief Segun Osoba and Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun

In the process the national body would examine which one to repeat and which one to just harmonise,  but, surprisingly, they have started booking musicians, Shefiu Alao  and Wasiu Ayinde,  mounting the canopies. We were surprised and I called the national body and they said no one ask them to go ahead with the inauguration.

They said they have held a meeting and agreed that all of us we meet May 13, in Abuja,  I am going to be there,  Chief Osoba is going to be there  and other faction would also be represented.

However, attempt to get reactions from Amosun’s faction was not successful as both  its  factional Publicity Secretary,  Sola   Lawal  and commissioner for Information,  Yusuf Olaniyonu could not be reached ad at the time of filing this report.

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