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2019: Ogun APC Stakeholders Divided Over Modalities For Primaries



Stakeholders in the Ogun State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) had a stormy session yesterday over modalities to be adopted for the party’s primary election in the state ahead of the 2019 general elections. While some agreed to go for consensus primaries at the stakeholders’ meeting held yesterday in Abeokuta, others resolved to hold direct primaries should the consensus arrangement fail to produce the party’s flag bearers for the general election.
At the meeting, presided over by the APC state chairman, Chief Derin Adebiyi, the incumbent governor, Ibikunle Amosun also declared his intention to contest the Ogun Central Senatorial position come 2019 general elections.

Attendance at the stakeholders’ meeting included the immediate past deputy governor of the state, Prince Segun Adesegun, Senator Gbenga Kaka, the three APC’s Senatorial chairmen in the state, former and incumbent political office holders, wards and local government party executives as well as other party members among others.
However, the atmosphere at the meeting became tensed when the leadership of the party ordered the Senator representing Ogun Central, Dr. Lanre Tejuoso, to walk out of the venue of the meeting or apologise to the party for the embarrassment caused the state over his still birth defection from the party.
While attempting to defend himself, the APC state chairman, Adebiyi maintained that news of Tejuoso’s defection had gone viral and that only the thing the party expected from him was to

tender an unreserved apology or stop parading himself as a member of Ogun APC.
After a minor altercation between the embattled senator and the state leadership of the party, Tejuoso tendered an apology, regretting the way he had expressed his views about happenings in Ogun APC which was considered to have been expressed in a manner that offended the party.
Meanwhile, discussions over which modality to adopt in conducting the party’s governorship primaries also pitched the state governor, Amosun against APC politicians from the Ogun East Senatorial district who differed with the governor over zoning of the party’s governorship ticket.



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