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Sodiq Ojuroungbe & Oluwatobiloba Odeyinka
The Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in Ogun state has moved in defense of the embattled former Governor of the state Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who according to a report by Premium Times, allegedly stored arms in the government house.
The report claimed that Amosun, who is now representing Ogun Central Senatorial district in the senate, had illegally acquired millions of arms and ammunitions in preparation for the 2019 general election.
Amosun’s anointed candidate for the governorship poll, Adekunle Akinlade of APM lost to Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressive Congress.
Meanwhile, APM accused the online news medium, Premium Times of doing the biding of some political gladiators, whose names were not mentioned.
According to a statement signed by the Ag. Publicity Secretary of the party, Olamide Balogun, the media organization has no respect for journalistic etiquettes.
The statement reads in part, “Senator Amosun’s administration was the most security conscious and safest in the history of Ogun State. This feat made the state become the 2nd safest state in 2018 and the industrial hub of the nation between 2011 – 2018.
“If anybody would store ammunitions for illegal use, it is definitely not Senator Ibikunle Amosun as he neither sponsored violence nor encourages it.
“Premium Times was only fulfilling the biddings of paid masters but unfortunately putting our hard-earned democracy at risks. Premium Times also showed the organisation has no respect for journalistic etiquettes.”
In the same statement, Mr. Balogun also lashed at the Publicity Secretary of the All Progressive Congress, Tunde Oladunjoye over a claim by the latter that former Governor Amosun forced him (Oladunjoye) to announce Akinlade as the APC consensus candidate.
Recall that Akinlade moved to APM after he was denied the governorship ticket in APC.
Balogun refutted Oladunjoye’s claim, describing it as “uncultured, and unguided utterances”
Balogun slamed Oladunjoye as a propapagandist and one without integrity, saying the latter, was desperate for a political appointment in the new government.
He said, “This is nothing but fallacy from a relegated politician seeking relevance from his pay masters.
“Oladunjoye is only dancing naked in a market square to further unravel his ill manners and to get attention from the public and possibly secure political appointment from Gov. Dapo Abiodun.
“We hereby implore the general public to be wary of this relegated politician seeking public attention as he has neither shame nor integrity; a garrulous man who talks before reasoning and worth giving no attention.”