Amosun’s political loyalists join Governor Abiodun camp, pledge to work for APC - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Friday, September 22, 2023

Amosun’s political loyalists join Governor Abiodun camp, pledge to work for APC

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The Senator Ibikunle Amosun political loyalists and members of African Democratic Congress (ADC), in Ogun State, on Friday rejoined the  mainstream of All Progressives  Congress (APC), under the leadership of the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun.

The returnees, who are from the 20 local government areas of the State, were led by the erstwhile Chairman of the party,Chief Derin Odebiyi.

Their return to the APC was coming after about five years of political infighting between Abiodun and Amosun, his long-time friend.

Receiving the returnees led by the factional Chairman of the Amosun led party Executive at the Presidential Lodge, Abeokuta, the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun commended them for their loyalty and being steadfast with what they believed in.

The governor said: "I want to congratulate your sense of loyalty to leadership, which I will say is not only commendable, it is enviable.

"This is a culture that we must promote and entrench. It is a culture that is fast eroding; it is a culture that we are fast losing. Loyalty is 100 per cent.

"For some others, they move once things are not working well, but for you, you stay put. This sense of loyalty is worthy of emulation. We must appreciate the fact that there can only be one leader in a party at a time.

"Even when we have ambitions and desires, we must subordinate ourselves 100% to leadership and believe that it is in that subordination that will allow us to flourish and achieve our objectives, our dreams, our desires and aspirations, not by forming factions or by breaking away.

"Because by so doing, it only weakens the fabric of that collective union that we call our party. You must appreciate that there can be only one leader of the party at a time in the state, and that leader is the governor. 

"As the leader of the party, I appreciate the task bestowed on me and it is my duty to work towards individual and collective welfare of our members," the governor noted.

The governor urged all members to put the past behind them and work towards repositioning the party to achieve its aims and work for the socio-economic development of the state.

"Let us the past behind us. Let us promote what unites us as a family. I welcome you back. The future of Ogun State is in your hands and it is for us for the taking. The same joy the father of the prodigal son received his lost son back home, the same way I receive you today.

"To those who did not leave, please let us receive our brothers and sisters back. To those who are joining us, please let us display a sense of loyalty. I can assure you, you will be fully integrated. "

On his part, Chairman of the State All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Yemi Sanusi, said in every human relationship, there is bound to be disagreement, adding that even in time of war, there is always a place for peaceful settlement of conflict, calling the returnees to fully integrated themselves with other members of the party.

Leader of the returnees, Chief Derin Adebiyi, said they have all agree to return to the main stream to contribute to the development of the party and the State in general, thanking the governor and party members for receiving them back.

It was reliably gathered that the politicians have the nod of Amosun to form an alliance with Abiodun to facilitate their return to APC.

Amosun had, during the 2023 governorship election, refused to support Abiodun, but sponsored Tunji Otegbeye to contest against the incumbent on the platform of ADC.

Otegbeye came a distant third in the election with 94,000 votes, fueling speculations that Amosun might have used Otegbeye as a spoiler to stop the emergence of Ladi Adebutu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who came second in the election.

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