ANALYSIS: How Abiodun won 

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Olasunkanmi Akinlotan

The Last Saturday election has come and gone but not without leaving surprises and unanswered questions in the heart of the people of Ogun state.

The questions revolve around the victory of the oil magnate and candidate of the All Progressives Congress Prince Dapo Abiodun.

History has it that the governorship candidate of the APC, the governor of the state Senator Ibikunle Amosun and the Former governor Otunba Gbenga Daniel were bosom friends before their relationship went sour.

After the breakout, Amosun left the circlet prior to his election and emergence as governor of the state in 2011, but he did not end his relationship with Abiodun until early 2018 over alleged denial of the governor to redeem an agreement reached with the governor-elect on federal appointment and a senatorial ticket.

But the crisis went overboard when the national leadership of the party including the Vice President chose the Abiodun as their preferred candidate for the governorship race of the state against Amosun’s interest.

After this development, the governor endorsed his godson Abdulkabir Akinlade but in a new party, the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).

Meanwhile, an insider told PLATFORM TIMES that Way back, Dapo  Abiodun was instrumental in getting Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to endorse Amosun for the 2011 elections in the state.

Hence, the governorship race became fierce but the continuous refusal of the governor begun to attract peoples sympathy to Abiodun and in turn hatred for the governor.

The crisis which had made the governor-elect so popular during the electioneering period eventually played a major role in his emergence.

Over the governorship power tussle, the governor fought with many people which include; The National leader of the APC Bola Tinubu, National Chairman of the party, Adams Oahiomole, former governor of the state and chieftain of the party, Olusegun Osoba,  his former Chief of staff and Ogun west Senator-elect, Tolu Odebiyi and a host of others, this however hugely worked against Amosun’s fortune at the governorship  polls.

His rancor with the political gladiators especially in his party also majorly contributed to the governor’s defeat but aided Abiodun’s victory.

Barely two weeks to the election, The governor began to poll down people’s houses so as to pave ways for roads expansion, the development which has been described as cruelty.

Even when some of the ongoing projects in the state still beg for completion, the government had pulled down many houses in the quest to expand Adatan, Panseke- Adigbe roads. This also pitched the people against the government of Amosun and his successive plan.

The governor can also be said to have scuttled his chances of installing a successor by fielding his candidate on a new political platform, APM.

The travail of the governor can also be ascribed to his political insensitivity which led to the refusal of some of his popular foot soldiers from the governor’s stronghold (Ogun central) to obey the governor and move to the APM.

The foot soldiers include The deputy speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon Kunle  Oluomo, former commissioner for Youths and Sports Hon Afolabi Afuape, a two times House of Assembly candidate, Taiwo Oludotun, House of Representatives member, Isiaka Ibrahim amongst others.

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