Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has said that he had not accepted Prince Dapo Abiodun as the governorship candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, whom he described as still contentious.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Otunba Dayo Adeneye, in a statement, described as malicious and unfounded the rumours making the rounds that  he had been prevailed upon to support the business mogul in his aspiration to succeed him.

Adeneye quoted Amosun as saying that he still stood solidly behind “the duly elected consensus candidate of the APC, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade”.

He added: “Those behind the unfounded rumours are doing so to heat up the polity ahead of the 2019 general elections. They are doing it on behalf of their paymasters for cheap political motives. It has become a routine of many political jobbers in Ogun State”.

“There are no slaves in Ogun State as insinuated by some aggrieved politicians. Everyone under our watch is free born and the Amosun administration will continue to defend the freedom of the masses and work for the socio-economic advancement of the state till our last day in office.”

He implored political actors to be wary of statements that could de-market the state and reverse the enormous gains of the recent years.

“You don’t have to be seen to discredit a government with sterling achievements, in order to advance your own selfish ambition, or make wild, inflammatory and seditious comments that have no foundation.

“You don’t also create artificial tension and insecurity in order to advance your cause, without the thought of the economic consequences to the state and welfare of the masses. This is not the right way to play politics,” he intoned”, he said.

The statement concluded that “politicians who know their onions and enjoy grassroots’ support fight their political battles on the electoral field rather than recourse to cheap blackmail and propagation of falsehood.”