Ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Ogun, today, campaign materials of the Allied People’s Movement (APM) in the state have suddenly disappeared.
Various billboards, flexes and signposts bearing the pictures of the APM governorship candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, were removed in some major routes and replaced with those of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Ibikunle Amosun, who is the senatorial candidate for Ogun Central.
In other instances, the removed campaign materials gave way to those bearing pictures of both the president and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; as well as logo of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
At the weekend, all the APM campaign billboards and lamp posts along the Abeokuta-Sagamu Expressway had been replaced. The development was reportedly a directive from the Presidencythat the state government should desist from open support for APM but, the governor has repeatedly vowed to support the APM after his preferred governorship candidate, Akinlade, lost the APC ticket to Dapo Abiodun.
Regardless, an official of the state government, who declined to be named, dismissed the claim that the governor may have abandoned Akinlade.
The official said removal of the APM campaign billboards, flexes and signposts along some routes was to make the state wear new look; ahead of the president’s campaign rally, today.
Also yesterday, Akinlade’s media aide, Azeez Alao, debunked claims that the governor has abandoned the APM and its governorship candidate.
Alao described the claim as “mere rumour orchestrated by mischief makers who are jittery about Akinlade’s impending victory.
“That it not true in any way. Governor Amosun is the mentor of Hon. Adekunle Akinlade, who knows him very well before giving him total support and there’s no way he will order such, especially when there’s no problem between them.
“It is a rumour I will urge the good people of Ogun state to disregard. This is another tactic from mischief makers who are jittery about Akinlade’s electoral strength and success.”