APM: WE’VE MANDATE TO DELIVER AKINLADE AS AMOSUN’S SUCCESSOR- CAMPAIGN DG

… APC SACKS OGUN EXCO

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The Allied People’s Movement (APM) in Ogun State, has  inaugurated a 300-man state campaign committee towards the  2019 elections.Director General of the governorship candidate of the party, Hon. A dulkabir Abiodun Akinlade, Alhaji Sarafadeen Tunji Isola, during the inauguration said that the council had the mandate to ensure that its flagbearer, emerged  the successor of the incumbent, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.Isola, spoke during the inauguration of the party secretariat and constitution of committees at both the state and local government levels.The former Minister of Mines and Steel Development, also charged the committees to also inaugurate committees such as polling booths committee and elders council.His words: “The foundation of our politics is justice and equity. Our goal is service to the good people of Ogun State. However, this service cannot be achieved if it is built on the shaky foundation of injustice and inequity.”This recent history of Ogun State has defined our tasks in the 2019 gubernatorial election. We have a historic role to prevent the hijack of the aspirations of the people of Ogun State.“The resources and potentials of Ogun State should be explored in the service of the people of Ogun State. This is our brief for the 2019 elections.“We have a duty to deliver Hon Adekunle Akinlade as the next governor of Ogun State. He has been tested and found capable of sustaining the Mission to Rebuild Ogun State which started in 2011 under governor Ibikunle Amosun,” Isola said.In another decelopment, The Central Working Committee(NWC) of the  All Progressives Congress, (APC),  has dissolved the executive, the local government and ward executives in the stateThis apparently followed  Governor Amosun’s insistence to work against the governorship candidate of the party, Prince Dapo Abiodun in the state.Their dissolution formed part of the resolutions reached during the NWC meeting presided over by the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, in Abuja on Tuesday.In their place, the NWC would inaugurate caretaker committees that would superintend over the affairs of the party in the state ahead of the general elections.However, the Ogun State chapter of the APC, has dismissed its dissolution by the NWC of the party,describing it  as an exercise in futility.Chairman of the party, Chief Derin Adebiyi, in a statement  noted that the state chapter of the party remains in office and is carrying out its legal duties in line with the constitution of the APC. He said the purported dissolution was subjudice, , adding that there is a court of competent jurisdiction on the matter, presided over by Hon. Justice Jude Okeke of the FCT High Court, Abuja. In the Suit No CV/363/2018, the Ogun State chapter of the party is seeking the protection of the court against attempts by the NWC to undermine it and abridge its tenure in any form.  “The Ogun APC views its purported dissolution as a brazen disregard for the judiciary, hence the Nigerian constitution and flagrant abuse of power by the Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee.”The action of the NWC is patently illegal; it is an assault on the APC constitution and outside the bounds of acceptable standards in the conduct of party affairs the world over. It was such acts of impunity that led us in the first place to seek legal protection for a four-year mandate freely given to us by the overwhelming majority of party members in Ogun State in May 2018. There is no iota of truth in the charge of anti-party activities levelled against us, as we remain committed to the ideals of the APC, ” Adebiyi said. The party chairman further posited that: “You cannot dissolve a legally constituted body, such as Ogun APC exco on a whim. When a matter is in court, all parties are expected to maintain the status quo. What Oshiomhole-led NWC has done amounts to self-help and bare-faced attempt to render nugatory the judicial powers granted the courts by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.” “We condemn this attempt to foist a faith accompli on the judiciary, undermine its powers and turn it into a toothless bulldog. The NWC is legally represented in the present suit. We urge it to allow the judicial process to run its full course.” The statement urged party faithful in the state to remain calm as “the Derin Adebiyi-led APC exco remains in office for the good of our great party.” he said.

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