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Ogun PDP crisis: Speaker, others may lose out

BY  DAUD OLATUNJI

ABEOKUTA—Speaker of Ogun State  House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi and other members loyal to governor Ibikunle Amosun may likely  be consumed in the feud between Amosun and national leader of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Chief Segun  Osoba.

A reliable source told Vanguard that shortly after the National Executive Council, NEC, ratified  the harmonisation in the party, the leadership has started shopping for more loyal members of the party to replace most of the lawmakers who were given tickets in 2011 by Osoba.

There has been simmering crisis in the APC  in the state as Osoba and Amosun were at loggerheads over the control of  the party machinery.

Adekunbi and 17 others who were selected by Osoba and other party leaders won  the election under the platform of defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, as members of the state House of Assembly.

It was gathered that out  of the 17 defunct ACN  members, only two were originally from the Amosun group while 16 belonged to Osoba group, before some  of  them were lured over by the governor’s camp.

But in the lobby and scheming for who controls the leadership and structure of the House of Assembly, it was learnt that Amosun decimated the Osoba group and was able  to ‘buy’ over the six PDP and three PPN members.

Thus, the plan by  the party to  make   Suraju Adekumbi,  from Yewa North the  Speaker scaled through, but, the party failed in the choice of the  deputy speaker slot as it’s candidate  Hon. Adijat Oladapo-Adeleye was dramatically replaced by Amosun’s man .

A reliable source told Vanguard that,  the Osoba group has vowed to replace all the members tagged disloyal including the Speaker for pitching tent with Amosun during the crisis.

Sequel to the move to replace them , anxiety has gripped some of the members as they may likely dump the governor for Osoba to salvage their sinking ships.


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