2019: Rochas Okorocha,Amosun Ibikunle insists on candidate as APC Chieftians kick
Both governors of Ogun State and Imo State, Ibikunle Amosun and Rochas Okorocha have again re-stated their bid to place their successors ahead of the 2019 general election.
Disregarding Amosun’s choice, 276 Councillors who form the base of the APC grassroots in Ogun State, defected from Amosun’s camp and pledged loyalty to Chief Dapo Abiodun, who was endorsed as the party’s candidate by the party leadership against the wish of Amosun.
However, the governor said he is unperturbed as he is sure that nobody will stop his choice of preferred successor, Abdulkabir Akinlade, emerging as the next governor of the state in 2019.
While speaking at a town hall meeting, on the 2019 budget at the Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, Amosun said, the prayers of his opponents will not come to pass.
“Hon Akinlade will succeed me when I finish my tenure in May 2019, because, he is the only one who is capable of continuing from where I stopped in the infrastructural development of the state.” Amosun said.
“We will win in every local government in the state, either Yewa, Ijebu, Abeokuta South, count them, we are ready for them, anywhere they go, we shall meet them there. They cannot choose for the people; the people know the right candidate and that is Hon. Akinlade.
“God has chosen Akinlade; he is the anointed candidate. He will read next year’s budget, and if I am invited, I will be here. It is a case of a thief who stole the king’s trumpet (Kakaki), where will he blow it?” he said.
Also speaking, Okorocha who intends to be succeeded by his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, said he will not renege on his plans.
Governor Okorocha said without relenting “However, Uche Nwosu had earlier been granted orders by the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory presided over by Hon. Justice V.A. Ashi restraining the party, INEC, and others, from accepting any other name as the governorship candidate of APC for Imo state except that of Uche Nwosu and also restrained them from substituting the name of Uche Nwosu.
The aspirants on Thursday, October 25, cautioned that any attempt by the APC leadership to tamper with the outcome of the primary elections in the state will be a recipe for woeful performance at the next year’s election.
They made this known a press conference in Abuja, accusing the APC National Working Committee (NWC) of tampering with the outcome of the party primaries in the state.