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.