Two of the four Paramount Rulers in Ogun State, Governor Ibikunle Amosun and a former Minister were guests of President Muhammadu Buhari today in Abuja.
Paramount ruler of Egbaland, the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Oludotun Aremu Gbadebo and the Olu of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, with former Minister of State for Education, Senator Iyabo Anisulowo were led to the President by Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun.
What Is The Purpose Of Their Visit?
Political Stew has gathered that Amosun led the traditional rulers and Senator Anisulowo to Abuja on a mission to plead with President Buhari on the candidacy of Adekunle Akinlade, who is the anointed governorship candidate of the incumbent governor.
The visit was an avenue to convince President Buhari to ditch the candidate recognised by the APC NWC, Dapo Abiodun for Akinlade.
Dapo Abiodun had emerged victorious in a primary election held by the National APC a few days after the state APC, controlled by Amosun held its election and declared Akinlade as the winner.
What Dapo Abiodun’s Camp Knew
Earlier on Sunday, Dapo Abiodun’s campaign organisation had revealed an attempt by Governor Amosun to lead some traditional rulers to plead with President Buhari to ignore their candidate for Akinlade.
The group said in a statement earlier released by its Media Director, Emmanuel Ojo:
‘Our attention has been drawn to the latest political antics borne out of Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s relentless desperate move to upturn the overriding wish of all Ogun APC party members, who unanimously voted for Prince Dapo Abiodun as their gubernatorial candidate.
Governor Amosun has concluded plans to commission two highly revered Paramount Rulers from Ogun State to go and plead with President Buhari not to accept the candidature of Prince Dapo Abiodun, who is the validly elected candidate of the party.
Information has it that the Alake of Egbaland, HRM Oba M. A. Gbadebo and Olu of Ilaro, HRM Oba Kehinde Gbadewole Adeboye Olugbenle may have been successfully hoodwinked and placed on standby for this task. We have been reliably informed that the traditional Rulers who are presently in Lagos, in preparatory to leave for Abuja any moment from now, have been fed with all manners of unsubstantiated lies and falsehood by the governor.’
What Did President Buhari Say?
According to information gathered by Political Stew, President Buhari has stuck to the candidacy of Dapo Abiodun, insisting that he can’t go against the choice and decision of the party.
Buhari further accused Amosun of going against the party’s decisions and causing disagreements within the party. He also said the former lawmaker has made him attract enemies as a result of how the governor uses his name.
He accused Amosun of not participating in the party’s primary elections in the state, yet wants his candidate to be declared winner, as he insisted it is against his principles to go against the party’s stance.
The Presence Of The Monarchs
Other than begging for Amosun’s candidate to be considered as the party’s governorship candidate in Ogun State, it was also gathered that the Monarchs were in Abuja to plead with the President on behalf of Amosun as he seeks the mercy of the Presidency over his recent dealings.