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Friday, July 30, 2021

Ogun political temperature now normal since I become governor-Abiodun

The governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun has said that the political temperature of the state had since returned to normal since his assumption of office two years ago

Gov Abiodun equally attributed development and peace being enjoyed in the state to the inclusive approach of his administration and equal treatment for all.

The governor stated this at the at the Committee Stakeholders' meeting on Ward Congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC), held in Abeokuta,the governor equally noted that the political temperature in the state has returned to normal since the inception of his administration.

It would be recalled that Abiodun's predecessor in office, Sen Ibikunle Amosun had rejected supporting him as the governorship candidate of the APC. 

Amosun, now representing Ogun Central at the Senate did not only floated new party, Allied Peoples Movement (APM) but also went ahead to throw his weight behind his godson, Hon Adekunle Akinlade, the APM governorship candidate.

This split no doubt created some tension across the state and made the governorship election so keenly contested as Amosun had vowed to use all that was within his reach to ensure that it was Akinlade and not Abiodun that take over from him.

The crisis also factionalised the ruling party as some  members stay with Prince Dapo Abiodun in APC while the rest followed Amosun to APM though, the former governor himself stay back in APC

Gov Abiodun while speaking noted that APC as a party has been made stronger in Ogun, while inter-party affairs had been properly managed to enhance the delivery of good governance in the state.

The governor who said intra-party disputes are being handled to achieve party cohesion, declared the ward congress would be peaceful, stressing "it is a family affair".

"I run an inclusive government where we welcome everybody,  irrespective of their political leaning. We treat everybody equally and this has engendered peace in our state. We have kept faith with the party's manifesto, realising that our state is the industrial capital of this country", the governor stated.

While noting the advantage of having consensus candidates, which he said was less stressful, Abiodun said where consensus approach can't be adopted, election would be held to provide a level play for all.

He further assured that roles of the party would be followed during the ward congress.

Earlier, the Committee Chairman, Chief Wale Ohu, noted that Ogun was blessed with statesmen and political bigwigs who have served the state and nation diligently, calling on the present politicians to emulate their virtues.

He explained that the Committee was sent from the party's national headquarters to conduct peaceful and credible ward congress in the state, soliciting the cooperation of all stakeholders to make the exercise a success.

While calling on the party members to maintain decorum,  Ohu said screening and training would be done for those who would oversee the Congress in the 236 Wards, urging the leaders to prevail on their members for  consensus candidates.

Speaking, former deputy governor in the state, Senator Adegbenga Kaka, stressed the need for a rancour-free Congress, urging winners and losers in the congress to bee good winners and losers.

In their respective remake, Senator Biyi Durojaiye and a former deputy governor, Salimot Badru, called on the Committee members to be fair to all contestants, pledging their support for the success of the congress.

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