Senator Ibikunle Amosun Dumps ACN, Joins CPC
The governorship candidate of Action Congress of Nigieria (ACN) in Ogun State , Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Friday dumped the party for the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
Speaking with Saturday Tribune, Amosun’s media Aide, Alhaji Bola Adeyemi, in a telephone interview, confirmed the development, saying that circumstances surrounding his action were beyond his control.
Adeyemi said Amosun’s defection was as a result of the hard stance of ACN leadership on some party issues.
He said, “Amosun was ‘stripped naked’ as the leadership of the party gave him only the governorship slot while all other elective posts were given to a faction of the party who were members of old Action Congress (AC) that formed ACN with a faction of ANPP where Senator Ibikunle Amosun originally belonged.”
Adeyemi said that some of the candidates presented to INEC were unknown personalities who could not win election, but were favoured by ACN leadership at the expense of credible and sellable ones.
He contended that the leadership of the party had it in mind to impeach him after six months in office.
“They gave him only four House of Assembly members, no Senate or House of Representatives seat and the deputy governor, Prince Segun Adesegun, was also imposed on him. All they want is to strip him naked, they don’t want him to have a say in the government, they want him to be a toothless governor,” he added.
Efforts to speak with the leaders of the party in Ogun State, Chief Segun Osoba and the Secretary of the party, Alhaji Abimbola Awofeso, were futile as sources close to them claimed they were attending a meeting.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the ACN in the state may replace Amosun with Honourable Ishiaq Abiodun Akinlade, a member of the House of Representatives representing Yewa South/Ipokia Federal Constituency of Ogun State.
Reacting to the development, National Publicity Secretary of the ACN, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, said it could not be true that Amosun had defected from the party.
“I don’t think it is correct, that cannot be true, the party is unaware of that,” he said.