Amosun is desperate, he has a lot to hide – Ogun APC DG
The Director General of the Dapo Abiodun Campaign Organisation, Prince Segun Adesegun, in this interview with SAMSON FOLARIN explains why the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, is against the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Abiodun
The governorship election is almost here. What are the chances of the APC?
I can see that people are prepared to accept us based on our personality and the image of our candidate and the party. I am very optimistic that we are going to win this election hands down.
But how can you be so sure after the drama at the MKO Abiola Stadium during the presidential campaign, where the President and other leaders of the party were stoned?
The incident at the stadium was most unfortunate, but I am sure that the whole world saw it. This is not a hidden fact. Everybody knows that those miscreants were not members of the APC. People know what we stand for. And don’t forget, we are talking about Ogun State, where we have discernible people and a high level of literacy. The voters know what is happening and those behind it. I don’t see that incident limiting our chances of winning the election.
But the governor, who is the number one leader of your party, is now supporting the governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement, Mr Adekunle Akinlade. Don’t you think the governor’s influence could count against you?
There is nowhere in our constitution that states that he is the number one leader. You may say he is an important member and he has a lot of influence, but he is burning the goodwill he has every day. He seems not to be in touch with the people anymore. Ogun State, by nature, is not violent. And If he could remember how he became governor some eight years ago, I am sure he will change his behaviour.
But his behaviour is endearing us more to the public. The public finds it worrisome that a man who became a governor, not by voting but by leaders coming together and saying he should be given an opportunity, is now turning around to say it is what he says that should be the law. He is now behaving as if he is God. Everybody is bemused that a governor, who swore to an oath to keep the peace is now the one inciting people to violence. This suffers from a fallacy of non sequitur.
The governor is a well-known member of the APC, but he has only one vote. He can talk to people and they will listen, but the way he has been conducting himself, it is obvious that he has lost it.
How will you react to the harassment of members of the APC and destruction of campaign posters of the governorship candidate?
You will see that the posters of the APC are mostly destroyed by APM members. Even if people had been in doubt, the way the governor conducted himself in videos and pictures shown on the day of the presidential campaign in Ogun State confirmed he was the man behind it all.
With the evident division in the APC, don’t you think other parties will have an edge over you?
The APC family is not divided. It was the APC that held primaries and, in its wisdom, chose a candidate. It is the governor who is crying even more than the candidate who lost the party primary. He is trying to install the next governor as if that was the way he was installed; as if people in the state could not think; as if he had a lot of things to hide. I cannot imagine the level of debasement the governor is degenerating into in a bid to have his candidate win. The whole thing sounds very funny and smacks of intolerance.
Does the governor have an axe to grind with Mr Dapo Abiodun? Any personal issues?
The issue is that there was a primary and the governor had a candidate. His candidate did not win and he says he has to force him on everybody. First, he chose another day for himself to conduct his primary as if he has the power to conduct primaries. You will see obvious arrogance. Everybody thought it was playful for the governor to have his own date different from the one chosen by the national body. But what I believe is that a man that has gone to this level may have a lot of things to hide. There is no reason for it. I can tell you that it is an insult on the voters for you to say because you have become the governor, you have somebody for them. It is outrageous. You can advise, but not say compulsorily, your advice must be taken. Was that the way you emerged? Are you saying you know more than the public? There are no personal issues; just arrogance.
Do you think Mr Dapo Abiodun is the best candidate to represent the APC and become the next governor of Ogun State?
Yes, I am absolutely sure. Here is a self-made man who by dint of hard work worked himself to the top in the business circle. He has managed big companies with high turnover. If such a man is coming into government, he should be acknowledged to be an outstanding businessman. And at the level of knowledge, a lot of people in Nigeria have tried their hands on business and burnt their fingers. Here is a man that has been into high level business for over 20 years and he came out top before he went into oil and gas and he is a success story. He is coming into the politics of Ogun State to change the horizon and make the people feel the impact of government and enjoy the dividends of democracy.