2011: AMOSUN JOINS ACN
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) may have got a 'gold fish' in Ogun State, as the gubernatorial candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), in the 2007 election, Ibikunle Amosun, signified intention to join and also contest the gubernatorial primaries of the party in the state.
Sources gave information to Daily Sun yesterday after Amosun, who represented the Ogun Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly as a Senator between 2003 and 2007 visited the state secretariat of the ACN in Abeokuta, the state capital to express his interest to join the party.
Amosun, who challenged unsuccessfully, the victory of Governor Gbenga Daniel in the 2007 gubernatorial elections in the state, said he had put the bitter experience behind him.
The Senator was at the party secretariat of the ACN along the Abiola Way in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital , with his supporters. He held a closed door meeting with the party leaders in the state.
The senator was among dignitaries that attended last week's national convention of the party held in Lagos.
During the closed-door meeting, the gubernatorial hopeful was said to have contributed the sum of N10 million for the smooth running of the party in the state.
Amosun stated that he intended to join the party to form a formidable force to wrest power from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state. He claimed to have turned down ministerial offers, adding that he preferred to serve the people of the state at the gubernatorial level.
Receiving Amosun, the state Chairman of the party, Alhaji Tajudeen Bello, expressed the party's readiness to work with Amosun and his supporters.
'I believe that the unification would strengthen the party's chances of winning the 2011 elections in the state,' he said and appealed that the party's interest should always be considered above individual interest.
Bello, who said registration forms and membership cards of the party would soon be made available, declared that the party was open to all Nigerians.