By DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA — The crisis rocking the newly registered All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ogun State, has taken another dimension as a faction believed to be loyal to national leader of the party, Chief Olusegun Osoba, reportedly tipped former Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Mr.Fola Adeola, to replace Governor Ibikunle Amosun as governor, in the coming election.
Indication emerged, yesterday, that Adeola may have joined the governorship race in the state as his campaign posters and banners surfaced in some parts of Abeokuta, the state capital.
The party has been polarised with Osoba and Amosun leading factions.
Adeola was the running mate to former Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, in the 2011 presidential election under the banner of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.
Adeola’s posters were sighted at various strategic locations, including Itoku, Isale Igbein, Ijaiye, Obantoko, Ake, Totoro, Iyana Mortuary and Lafenwa areas of Abeokuta, with APC logo, party slogan and the inscription: “Change 2015 Fola Adeola for Governor.”
Vanguard reliably gathered that, the Osoba faction which felt betrayed by Amosun’s alleged plan to sideline them in the choice of candidates for the party ahead of the 2015 elections, reportedly vowed to ‘deal’ with the governor by sponsoring another candidate against him during the party’s primaries.
According to findings, the choice of Adeola was made because he is an Egba man and a Muslim like Amosun with a view to getting support from Egba division during the election.
Reacting to the development, a chieftain of the new party, Mr. Sina Oduntan, described the development as a normal thing, saying, anybody can show interest in the party.
He, however, described Amosun’s endorsement as ‘just an endorsement ‘, saying, it is not a consensus by the party.
He said: “The governorship candidate will emerge from the state congress, whether it is unopposed or not. The recent endorsement of governor Amosun is different from consensus of the party which is going to take place.”