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.