Laide Raheem, Abeokuta
A gubernatorial aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has declared that he would return the party to its true owners, which are the members of the party, if he emerges APC candidate and eventual winner of the governorship election in 2019.
Abiodun, who bemoaned the situation whereby the party in the state was being run as “an individual or a family party”, equally urged members of the party to stand firm against any moves to subvert the constitution and guidelines of the party.
The governorship aspirant’s position was contained in statement by the Media Director of his campaign organization, Emmanuel Ojo and made available to journalists, on Monday, in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
According to the statement, Abiodun, while addressing party faithful during a whistle-stop tour of Abeokuta South, Yewa North and Imeko-Afon local government areas of the state, further charged them not to be swayed in their insistence on the conduct of direct primaries to select the party’s flag bearers ahead of next year’s general election.
He hinted that plans by some individuals within the party to elect candidates of the party for 2019 election through the delegate system, was an indication that the incumbent government in the state has lost touch with the party members.
Abiodun, who disclosed that he played a huge role in the successes recorded by the then Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the emergence of the incumbent governor in 2011, wondered why the governor kicked against his gubernatorial ambition, imploring party members to avail themselves with the ongoing continuous membership registration exercise of new members across the country.