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.
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.