The Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has reacted to allegations that he sponsored thugs to the Presidential rally of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the State, on Monday.
Amosun in a statement by Rotimi Durojaiye, his Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, said that: “It is ridiculous that a party would accuse a Governor of sponsoring thugs to the rally organised and hosted by him.”
The statement reads: “The position of the Governor is that rather than dissipate their energy on those they will deal with after election, Comrade Oshiomhole and his co-travellers, should be remorseful that their anti-democratic conduct has denied the APC scores of Legislative seats and a number of Executive positions across the country, even before the elections.
“They do not need to wait until after the elections, they should throw-in the towel now, for undermining the chances of the party they have cornered for their selfish ends.”
“It is clearly ridiculous that someone will author the statement purportedly signed by Mr. Lanre Issa-Onilu. As the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun was not only the host at the rally, he organised the grand reception for Mr. President.
“The relationship between President Buhari and Governor Amosun is well known. It is therefore, unthinkable that someone will allege that Governor Amosun will organise thugs against the President.
“The statement by Mr. Onilu is another confirmation of the personification of the APC by Comrade Oshiomhole, who is using the party to ventilate his personal grouse against Governor Amosun. It is however, becoming clear to every discerning mind that the injustice meted out to the overwhelming majority of members of the APC in Ogun State by Comrade Oshiomhole and his cohorts, cannot stand
“Mr. President was given an unprecedented rousing welcome into the Moshood Abiola Stadium, on arrival, and the atmosphere at the rally remained peaceful and carnival-like, until former Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, and Comrade Oshiomhole, incensed the crowd with their unguarded speeches.
“It is important to note that contrary to the erroneous impression being created that President Buhari’s Campaign tour ended abruptly, President Buhari attended all campaign activities as scheduled, after the rally at the Stadium.
“He met the Ogun State Council of Traditional Rulers, at the June 12, Cultural Centre, where he addressed 1012 Traditional Rulers and Chiefs, comprising Paramount Rulers, High Chiefs, Baales, and Olorituns from across the State, and thereafter, had a private lunch at the Presidential Lodge, before departing Ogun State, as scheduled.”