The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State has blamed a former Governor Ibikunle Amosun, rejected moves to reconcile him with Governor Dapo Abiodun.
The party was reacting to a statement credited to the senator representing Ogun West, Tolu Odebiyi, who said Abiodun has done worse things than Amosun was accused of in the run-up to the 2019 election.
Odebiyi had in a statement he personally signed on Wednesday also said efforts by party leaders to ensure reconciliation of the differences between the Amosun and Abiodun have been rebuffed by the current governor of the state, accusing him of always being in competition with himself and illusory rivals.
But in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Tunde Oladunjoye, on Wednesday, APC said it was actually Amosun who refused to be reconciled despite interventions of the revered Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, as well as close friends and colleagues.
Oladunjoye said Odebiyi’s submission was “a product of frustration.”
“The attention of the APC, Ogun State Chapter has been drawn to a media statement credited to Senator Tolu Odebiyi and published in some media where false allegations were levelled against Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State on issues of reconciliatory efforts within our dear party.
“Ordinarily, we would not have joined issues with Senator Odebiyi, but the fact that he so much unashamedly and barefacedly peddled white lies that are really unexpected from a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
“We elect not to join Senator Odebiyi in his lamentations traceable to his rejection by his constituents at the last APC senatorial primaries; a frustration that was obvious in his choice of abusive words and gutter language unbecoming of someone of his status.
“However, we want to say emphatically and for the avoidance of doubt, that the Senator lied throughout his wishy-washy statement.
“Our party challenges the Senator to tell the general public where any reconciliatory meeting was called; when and who convened the meeting and who attended.
“On the other hand, it was actually the immediate past governor who refused to be reconciled despite interventions of close friends, colleagues, and the revered Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba S. K. Adetona.
“The former governor disrespected the Awujale by shunning the peace moves of the elderly and highly respected royal father who has spent over 60 years on the throne, insisting he was not ready to reconcile with Governor Dapo Abiodun.
“The discerning public therefore knows who is playing God with empty boasts and spreading misleading information.
“Senator Odebiyi should have found out the truth from his sponsor before coming to the public with the latest concoction, which is a figment of his imagination.
“We dare the abusive Senator to showcase his achievements and record of service to the people of the Ogun West Senatorial District in the last three years. His total failure culminated in his rejection at the party primary where, after three years of uneventful stay at the National Assembly, he scored zero vote.
“Our Governor is a man of peace. His inclusive policy has even attracted juggernauts from opposition political parties in Ogun State into the APC,” the statement read.