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FRESH CRISIS HITS OGUN ACN, AS AMOSUN THREATENS TO QUIT

By NBF News
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A fresh crisis that might wreck the chances of Ogun State chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria has erupted with the gubernatorial candidate of the party, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, threatening to quit the party.

The crisis, it was leant, emanated from the calibre of the candidates presented by the party for the National Assembly election.

But the leader of the party in the state and former governor of the state, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, claimed he is not aware of complaint by anybody over the calibre of candidates fielded by the party for the polls.

Osoba and some party elders had selected those they felt are likely to lead a successful assault on the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The list, which has generated a lot of controversy since it was compiled saw Lekan, the son of Bashorun M. K. O. Abiola, the late winner of June 12 1993, presidential election, loosing the House of Representatives seat of Abeokuta North/Obafemi Owode/Odeda Federal Constituency to Osoba's son, Olumide.

Amosun was said to had sent a letter to Chief Osoba calling attention to the calibre of candidates on parade by the party and made case for some aspirants he believed would bring better fortunes to the party.

Two of those that Amosun, allegedly, made case for were Hon. Biodun Akinlade and Senator Lekan Mustapha. Both recently crossed form the PDP to ACN.

Amosun, in the letter was said to have asked that Akinlade, who was initially touted for the governorship ticket be allowed to return to lower house while Mustapha be given the Ogun East ticket to face incumbent governor Gbenga Daniel of the PDP.

He had reasoned that Akinlade is an acknowledged crowded puller and would brighten the fortunes of the party in Yewa South/Ipokia Federal Constituency where he presently represents, while Mustapha will give Daniel a good fight in Ogun East Senatorial District.

He had hoped the leadership of the party will see some reasons, but the reverse was the case when INEC published the list of candidates sent forward by parties.

The party chieftain noted that Amosun, along with some chieftains, were agitated over the suitability and clout of some of the candidates.