The Ogun State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday, agreed to adopt the consensus option in determining who flags the Party ticket during the 2019 general elections.
The Party also said the direct primary may also be adopted if the consensus option failed.
Speaking at the Party’s stakeholders meeting held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State Govenor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun also laid to rest the speculation of his senatorial ambition, as he declared that he would contest for the position of Ogun Central Senatorial seat in 2019.
The governor equally said that contrary to the news making the rounds that he was jittery to allow direct primaries by the APC in the state, he was ready to back direct system to choose the candidates of the party for next year’s general elections.
He added that though, he preferred the consensus system during the primaries, he insisted he was ready to abide by the decision of the party if it adopts direct system of primaries to allow every member eligible, if consensus eventually falls through.
The meeting was attended by members of the state executive committee of the party, Senator Lanre Tejuoso; former senators who represented Ogun East and Ogun West respectively, Adegbenga Kaka and Akin Odunsi;
former deputy governor, Segun Adesegun; Speaker of the State Assembly, Suraj Ishola Adekunbi; APC National Financial Secretary, Tajudeen Bello, among others.
Governor Amosun disclosed that almost all the state governors, including him, under the platform of APC, had at the Governors’ Forum meeting, spoke in favour of the indirect primaries, maintaining he was ready to face the direct system to prove that he had nothing to fear or hide.
In their respective remarks at the meeting, Kaka, Adesegun, Odunsi, called for a consensus that would carry all the stakeholders in the party along and not marginalise any zone, particularly Ogun East.
The communiqué signed by APC State Publicity Secretary, Wole Elegbede, at the end of the meeting, the state chairman of the party, Derin Adebiyi, reads: “That the APC in Ogun State shall have a consensus candidate for elective positions in the 2019 elections.
“That where the consensus fails, a direct primary will be used to choose candidate for such position”.