April 17, 2021

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Time tolls for Ogun APC as 2023 challenges fester

APC Of Factions
Although stakeholders and party chieftains claim that APC remains “one indivisible body,” The Guardian gathered that there are currently not less than four different factions of the party within the state. Discernible are – Senator Ibikunle Amosun (SIA) grouping; former governor Olusegun Osoba splinter; those loyal to the Senator representing Lagos West senatorial district in the Senate, Solomon Adeola (Yayi); the incumbent governor’s group and possibly, former Governor Gbenga Daniel’s bloc. Sources disclosed that in the coming days, these lineups would start struggling for the state’s number one seat.
 
But, even as the perceived fractionisation remains a well-guarded secret for several months, it was gathered that the party might witness a replay of similar things that happened in the build up to the 2019 gubernatorial poll. Then, the Amosun faction left the party for Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in a grand bid to actualise their dream of producing the governor.

Possible Implications
Currently, with Triple A and his group’s return to APC, where they rejoined Senator Amosun, feelers indicate that Governor Abiodun’s chance of clinching a second term in office in 2023 appears a tall order, considering that the governor is being accused of abandoning all those that supported him against ‘Amosun’s force’ to win the 2019 election.

The Guardian checks indicated that as things stand currently, the governor doesn’t seem to have a structure of his own yet, because many of those who worked for his election came from Yayi faction, especially given that Yayi and his loyal footsoldiers have returned to his faction. This, party sources said, would be a strong factor that might endanger the governor’s re-election bid.

It was also gathered that Abiodun sidelined the Osoba camp that joined with the Yayi bloc to enthrone him as governor by failing to offer them any significant appointment in his cabinet.

A chieftain of the party in the state confided in The Guardian that there is definitely going to be challenges in the party in the build up to the 2023 election, based on the various power blocs’ ‘insatiable,’ craving, noting that Abiodun can never have 10 per cent of them when the time comes.