The internal crises rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State may disrupt the visit of the presidential candidate of the party, President Muhammadu Buhari, as ex governor Olusegun Osoba and incumbent governor Ibikunle Amosun have been reported to be making separate arrangement ahead of the President’s visit.
The party has been factionalised in the state with the former governor in control of the caretaker committee of the party while the incumbent governor who is the party’s senatorial candidate for Ogun Central had been alleged to be sponsoring the governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM)
President Buhari is expected to visit the state on Monday as part of his campaign ahead of Saturday’s Presidential election.
Both camps had issued separate statements on Sunday.
A statement released on Sunday by the State Publicity Secretary of the APC Caretaker committee, Tunde Oladunjoye, belonging to Osoba faction, announced arrangement to receive the President.
The statement reads in part, “The rally, which will hold on Monday, February 11, 2019 at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta, Ogun State from 10.00 am, will see President Buhari handing over the flag of the party to its gubernatorial candidate, Prince Dapo Abiodun.
“National and South West leaders, state governors and executives of the party are billed to attend the rally.
“While enjoining our members, supporters and well wishers to come in their large numbers and arrive early for the rally, we want to remind the members of the public, especially the security agents, that this is an APC rally”.
It added, “We must ensure a peaceful and hitch-free event that will give Mr President a befitting reception and make the event memorable.”
Meanwhile, Amosun’s faction, through a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, also announced plans to host the President in the state.
His statement reads, “Public service announcement: President Muhammadu Buhari‘s scheduled visit to Ogun State for the APC presidential campaign rally and parley with the chairman, and, members of the Ogun State Council of Traditional Rulers will now hold on Monday, February 11, 2019.
“All stakeholders are enjoined to please take note and adjust their programmes accordingly”.