Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, yesterday spurned insinuations that he was behind the ordeal of the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, in the hands of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Speaking to State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, the governor said linking him to Oshiomhole’s travails was tantamount to giving him oversight functions on security issues.
In the past few days, Amosun and his Imo State counterpart, Rochas Okorocha, had been engaged in a verbal war with the APC national chairman over the party’s refusal to recognise their preferred candidates for the governorship race in their respective states.
Responding to questions on the rumour that he and his Imo counterpart orchestrated the arrest and interrogation of Oshiomhole by DSS operatives, Amosun said, “I think you are probably giving me an oversight role and I am not a security person. So clearly, I think that question will not be for me.
“I don’t have to hide under a finger to fight. If there is need for me to put my views across, you know me by now that I will do it”.
Amosun and Okorocha had last weekend picked holes in Oshiomhole’s decision to submit names of governorship candidates from their states who did not emerge from the party’s primaries to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The governors, however, ruled out any plan to defect from the party, maintaining that they would remain in APC and fight what they described as injustice against their candidates.
They were reacting to Oshiomhole’s declaration last Friday that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC had taken a final position on the list of candidates of the party in Imo and Ogun states.
Oshiomhole at the press conference announced that the party had submitted the names of Senator Hope Uzodimma (Imo) and Prince Dapo Abiodun (Ogun) as candidates of the party to INEC penultimate week.
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