Saturday, October 6, 2018 9:05 pm
Some residents of Abeokuta North in Ogun State have vowed to vote against President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019 if the party fails to give the State House of Assembly ticket for their area to one Hon Taiwo Oludotun.
The Residents who defied the rain to protest at the secretariat of the Nigerian Union of Journalists in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital called on the leadership of the APC to wade into the situation in Abeokuta North or lose their loyalty during the 2019 elections.
Our correspondent gathered that the assembly ticket has been given to imcumbent Commissioner for Education, Modupe Mujota by the party in the state backed by Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
The protesters under the umbrella of the Abeokuta Vanguard Forum said Hon Oludotun is a man of the people who will win even if the party wants him to go through direct form of primary.
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Comrade Azeez Adeyemi told journalists that loyalists would have forced Hon Oludotun out of the party to any other party but the aspirant has decided to stay on in the party.
He said,”politics is beyond taking N500 or rice from anybody and if we must change this country for better, we must start from our different constituencies and this is our own constituency.
“Today, people under the umbrella of Abeokuta Vanguard are saying no to imposition, we can not allow a stranger to be forced on us in this constituency and that is why we are out here today to register our displeasure.
“Our man, Hon Oludotun is the people’s choice who will win any kind of primary either direct or delegate system because he has touched so many lives even without a political office.
” We are however using this medium to call on the President Muhammadu Buhari and National Chairman of the Party Com. Adams Oshiomhole to please come to our aid and prevail on governor Ibikunle Amosun.
“We can afford to force our man out of the party and follow him to wherever he wants to go but, he refused saying, that can resort to an act of disloyalty but if the party refused to prevail on the governor we would vote against the party both at the state and federal level.
“We would ensure that we vote against Mr President during the 2019 election if our appeal is neglected.”