The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has emerged the candidate for Ogun Central Senatorial District race as he and elders of the All Progressives Congress unveiled consensus candidates for the National Assembly.
Amosun was the holder of the Ogun Central Senatorial District seat between 2003 and 2007, but this time around, he will be displacing the incumbent, Lanre Tejuoso.
The announcement was made at the Presidential Lodge in Abeokuta on Tuesday.
Six out of the nine candidates for the House of Representatives were also announced.
Apart from Amosun, other adopted candidates for the Senate are Chief Lekan Mustapha (Ogun East) and the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Tolu Odebiyi (Ogun West).
Mustapha was also the holder of the seat between 2007 and 2011 as a member of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The six adopted candidates for House of Representatives seats include the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi (Egbado North/Ipokia); former Chairman of Ado-Odo/Ota, Rotimi Rahman (Ota); and the State Commissioner for Special Duties, Leke Adewolu (Ewekoro/Ifo).
Others are the Director General of Bureau of Lands, Biyi Ismail (Ijebu North/Ijebu North-East/Ogun -waterside); Biyi Otegbeye (Egbado South /Ipokia); and Hon. Mikail Kazeem (Abeokuta North/Obafemi-Owode/ Odeda).
The announcements, which followed those of the House of Assembly candidates adopted on Monday, were met with mixed reactions by members of the party.
While some members hailed the governor and jubilated over the choice of their preferred candidates, others who expressed anger considered some choices as unpopular and described them as “imposition”.
The governor described the reactions as “the beauty of democracy” and told aggrieved members to wait till the time of primaries when the party would finalise all issues.
The party had on September 5 at a stakeholders meeting adopted consensus arrangement for selecting its candidates for the 2019 polls, with a provision to resort to direct primaries should the consensus arrangement fail.
Amosun last week presented House of Representatives member, Abdulkabir Akinlade, to party members in Abeokuta as the consensus governorship candidate of the party, as well as Peju Adebajo as his running mate
Amosun had explained that Akinlade had emerged among other nine aspirants from Ogun West Senatorial District to which the party had zoned the governorship seat.
However, elders of the party from the Ogun East Senatorial District dissociated themselves from the purported zoning arrangement to Ogun West Senatorial District and had since unveiled the state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Bimbo Ashiru, as the consensus candidate from the area.
Dapo Abiodun, a governorship aspirant from Ogun East, has also kicked against the arrangement.
The bloc is claiming the right to produce the successor to Amosun based on the principle of power rotation in the state.