Amosun unveils Akinlade’s running mate, 38 APC’s consensus candidates in Ogun by Adesanya Ayinla, Abeokuta

Barely forty-eight hours after the unveiling of the Ogun State All Progressives Congress (APC) consensus governorship candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, Governor Ibikunke Amosun on Saturday unveiled the deputy governor designate, Adepeju Adebajo and other 38 consensus candidates for the State Assembly, House of Representatives and Senate.

Governor Amosun, who met with APC leaders from the three Senatorial districts who had unanimously adopted Akinlade from Ogun west -Yewa-Awori axis of the state as the party’s consensus governorship candidate and Adepeju Adebajo as a running mate, explained that the APC had used the consensus arrangement to select all 40 political positions in the state, but explained that the party would not rule out primaries if there were disagreements from other APC aspirants.

The Issues Magazine reports that Adebajo is the serving state Commissioner for Agriculture who had earlier served as managing director of Lafarge Africa PLC and was appointed as a commissioner in 2016. She hails from both Ikenne and Sagamu local government areas of the state.

The governor’s endorsement came after the state party chairman, Derin Adebiyi had announced Adebajo as the running mate to the governorship candidate, saying the elders of the party from Ogun East had met with the state party leaders among whom were the national financial secretary, Tajudeen Bello; Adebiyi, party chairman; Bayo Yakubu, Ogun East senatorial chairman; Yomi Ademefun, Ogun Central senatorial district, among others.
Speaking on behalf of Ogun East senatorial district, the senatorial party chairman, Bayo Yakub, said the leaders and members of the senatorial district, agreed with the zoning arrangement and were ready to support the candidacy of Akinlade as governorship candidate.

They added that he had been endorsed by members of the senatorial district through a motion moved by Tunde Oladunjoye, former chairman of Ijebu East Local Government and was supported by Yinka Mafe, majority leader, Ogun State House of Assembly, who represents Sagamu Constituency I.

While asking Yakub what would be the fate of about five governorship aspirants from Ogun East senatorial district who had earlier obtained the party’s nomination forms for the same political aspiration, Yakub claimed that the “disgruntled aspirants” who had collected the nomination forms for governorship from the Ogun East were not “genuine members of the party and they are on their own.”

But, Governor Amosun, meeting with the party leaders from the three senatorial districts congratulated them over the choice of the consensus candidates, and expressed confidence that the party would record a landslide victory in the coming general elections.

“In all our positions, we are going to have consensus candidates. We are going to make available our list, including our deputy governor. All our leaders are aware, we have sat, we are going to announce, anybody that wants to do any other thing, they are free.
“The day that the national body of the APC has set for the primaries, we will be waiting for them. Let them come. So we will do the primaries. We have said we are having consensus. We have done the consensus, we have arrived at the candidates, not just for the governorship, we have arrived at all the 40 candidates in Ogun State.

“We have 26 Assembly members, nine House of Reps members, three Senatorial members, deputy governor and the governor. We are going to display the names of the 40. Anybody that is not in agreement, we are not going to say he is not a member of our party, they will come and try, that is the beauty of democracy”, he said.

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