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Protests Rock Ogun APC as Amosun Releases Lists of Consensus Candidates

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The release of consensus candidates for senatorial seats who are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun state triggered serious protest among members of the party who were not in agreement with the choices made.

The lists of the consensus candidates were announced by the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on Wednesday, September 12, at the Presidential Lodge in Abeokuta, the state capital. This made the aggrieved members to rain the governor with insults and unwholesome remarks.

The venue was charged when Governor Ibikunle Amosun began releasing the names of the successful candidates on the consensus list at a meeting held at the Presidential lodge, Abeokuta. But Amosun only announced the National Assembly consensus candidates for the party ahead of the 2019 polls.

Amosun announced consensus candidates for the three senatorial seats and six of the nine seats for the House of Representatives in the state.

It was gathered that while some members praised the governor for the choice of their preferred candidates, others rejected the set up and threatened to obtain the forms to participate in the primaries.

The candidates for the three Senatorial Districts are the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun central), Chief Lekan Mustapha (Ogun-east) and the chief of staff to the state governor, Tolu Odebiyi (Ogun- west) Others were the six consensus candidates for House of Representatives seats the speaker of the state House of Assembly, Honourable Suraj Adekunbi (Egbado north/Ipokia); former chairman of Ado-Odo/Ota, Rotimi Rahman (Ota).