Laide Raheem, Abeokuta
A former Minister of State for Education, Sen. Iyabo Anisulowo, has alleged that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshimhole, are behind the crisis that has engulfed the state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC ) over the gubernatorial primary.
Anisulowo, specifically alleged that the vice president is backing Dapo Abiodun and foisting his candidacy on the party because of their friendship which, according to her, has thrown the party into disarray in the last few weeks.
She, however, declared that she would not work for any APC governorship candidate who emerges from Ogun East.
Anisulowo also threatened to engage in what she termed a ‘spiritual warfare’ with any Ogun West person supporting Abiodun for governor.
Anisulowo, who represented Ogun West in the Senate between 2003 and 2007, made these allegation, on Wednesday, while speaking with newsmen, in Ilaro, Ogun State.
Her allegation came after a day the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to call the APC National Chairman to order over the conduct of the state governorship primary.
The former gubernatorial aspirant under the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), noted that Osinbajo, though from Ogun State, has been playing his politics in Lagos and querried his sudden interest in Ogun politics.
She added she learnt from good authority that the election committee for the primary deliberately delayed the exercise to favour the vice president’s favourite candidate.
Anisulowo, however, flayed Oshiomhole for kicking against consensus, noting he(Oshiomhole) emerged as the national chairman of APC through consensus.
She appealed to leaders of the party and well-meaning Nigerians to help call Oshiomhole to order before his action truncates peace and tranquility atmosphere in the state.
Her words, “I am really hurt. I’m disturbed and feel like crying with this development. After shifting the direct governorship primary two times, members of APC in the state trooped out, on Tuesday, to participate in the exercise in the presence of officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“But I was shocked to discover that some APC members, backed by the VP and Oshiomhole, conducted another direct primary.
“He (Osinbajo) did his politics in Lagos. He came to be vice president from Lagos but we cannot deny him his indigeneship of Ogun State.
“But for us, I have been in this politics for 35 years. We don’t know him in the politics of Ogun State.
“The only thing we knew about him is that he was a commissioner in Lagos State and his brother was a commissioner here in Ogun State and many times we met, they were very respectful.
“So, how do we feel that he would be the one that is trying to rock the boat here?
“But Oshiomhole, everybody knows him. And if he is faulting the system here, what about the system that made him the national chairman of our party?
“How clean was the process? And now he wants to turn everything upside down for us here.
“So, we are begging all law-abiding people, all the citizens of Nigeria to please call our national chairman and other people that are fuelling trouble to put Ogun State on fire to order,” Anisulowo submitted.
Meanwhile, the Ogun State chapter of APC, on Wednesday, defied the national headquarters of the party and officially declared the result of the gubernatorial primary of the party.
Declaring the result at the State Secretariat of APC, chairman of the party in the state, Derin Adebiyi, announced Abdul-Kabir Akinlade, representing Egbado South/Ipokia Federal Constituency, as the winner of the exercise by polling the highest number of valid votes.
According to Adebutu, the result of the primaries showed that Akinlade scored 190,987 votes, leaving Jimi Lawal in a distant second position with 5,046 votes. Dapo Abiodun garnered 3,648 votes. He was trailed by Abimbola Ashiru with 898 votes, Adegbenga Kaka with 833 votes and Abayomi with 208 votes.