A group of protesters, under the aegis of Concerned Ogun Citizens, on Saturday stormed the residence of former Governor Ibikunle Amosun in Abeokuta, Ogun State, begging him to join forces with other opposition parties to unseat Governor Dapo Abiodun.
Amosun, who had insisted that Abiodun, his friend turned political foe, must not be re-elected, is backing the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), ‘Biyi Otegbeye.
But the protesters carrying placards stormed Amosun’s Ibara Housing Estate residence and urged him to join forces with the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ladi Adebutu, in next Saturday’s election.
Some of the inscriptions on placards read ‘Dapo Abiodun must go,’ ‘Senator Ibikunle Amosun don’t let Ogun State people down,’ ‘United we stand, divided we fall,’ ‘Senator Amosun support us now,’ ‘Senator Ibikunle Amosun, please join PDP allied forces now,’ ‘New Ogun State is possible, Dapo Abiodun must go,’ among others.
The leader of the group, Ajirotutu Oluwafemi, who submitted a protest letter, noted that only strong alliance could help opposition party defeat Abiodun at the poll.
He asked Amosunto drop his support for ADC’s Otegebeye and back Adebutu during the next election.
“It’s very obvious that to defeat an incumbent we need to work together as a team with a lot of sacrifices.
“Excellency sir, we hereby appeal to you in the interest of the good people of Ogun State to please see reasons to stop using ADC as another platform to take over power from Dapo Abiodun and APC.
“It’s logically clear that any vote for ADC in the coming election will serve as an indirect assistance to return Dapo Abiodun to office. There is no way by which major oppositions go different ways and the incumbent will not have his way.
“It’s on this note we are passionately appealing to your excellency to come out to lead the major opposition political parties in Ogun State to victory on the platform of PDP,” he said.
The protest letter was received on Amosun’s behalf by the Director General, Biyi Otegbeye Campaign Organisation, Muyiwa Oladipo.
Oladipo assured the protesters that their demands would be looked into.