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LG poll: Aggrieved Ogun ACN members threaten to quit

By DAUD OLATUNJI

ABEOKUTA—Palpable tension has gripped the leadership  of  the ruling Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN , in Ogun State  following threat by  some aggrieved members to dump the party  against the alleged imposition of candidates by Governor Ibikunle  Amosun.

This development came barely 24 hours after the Ogun State  Independent Electoral Commission, OGSIEC, released the  result of its screening  of chairmanship and councillorship candidates to  10 political parties after clearing   91 chairmanship candidates  and  717 contestants vying for councillorship positions across the 236 wards of the state.

Some aggrieved aspirants in  the party across  the 20 local government areas  of  the state had threatened to defect to other political parties  ahead of the next local government election, if the alleged imposition of the chairmanship and councillorship candidates was not revisited before the end of the replacement and substitution of candidates which ends tomorrow as stipulated by the state electoral body.

Vanguard’s findings showed  that, the affected aspirants, which cut across the 20 local governments in the state are embittered by allegation that the governor, Sen.Ibikunle Amosun unilaterally imposed the candidates screened by OGSIEC against party process and procedure.

But, with the indication that the governor may not be moved after top hierarchy of the party even at the national level  had failed to persuade him to have a change of heart, the aspirants, have resolved to dump the party  before the  election.

Vanguard however learnt  that, many of the  aspirants have been lobbying  some political  parties which  did not have  popular candidates to swap for them before the deadline for the  substitution of candidates.


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