Update Post: November 30, 2023 1:07 am
About five years after Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun, and his predecessor, Ibikunle Amosun, had parted ways, the two leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) appeared to be coming together again.
On Friday, the governor hosted a meeting with some associates of Amosun in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Although Amosun was not at the event, a personal aide of his stated in confidence that the former governor gave his approval for the meeting.
The protracted crisis in the APC began after Abiodun was endorsed by the national leadership of the APC as the party’s governorship candidate despite the nomination of Adekunle Akinlade at a congress of the party organised by the then governor.
Amosun, who was the APC senatorial candidate in that year’s general elections, went on to back Akinlade who later lost the election as the candidate of Allied People’s Movement (APM).
Amosun also refused to back Abiodun’s reelection in 2023, despite remaining in the APC with the governor. This time, his group supported Biyi Otegbeye of the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
Mr Abiodun won the election again but his victory is being challenged at the petition tribunal by Ladi Adebutu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
On Friday, prominent members of Amosun’s camp told Abiodun that they had decided to bury the hatchets and support the governor as the leader of the APC in the state.