The war of attrition between Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun and his former deputy, Prince Adesegun, still rages on as both politicians shunned each other at Governor Akeredolu’s son’s wedding last Saturday in Lagos.
Even while other eminent personalities were busy exchanging pleasantries with one and another, Amosun and Adesegun tactically avoided themselves like a plaque to the surprise of many at the party.
Their smeared relationship had started during the first term of Amosun when a letter gave credence to a lot of speculations in the Government House that both Amosun and Adesegun live the life of cat and mouse, but had chosen not to rock the boat before they worked together in the first term.
Amosun and his deputy were not in the same political party, but had cause to work together against the then incumbent governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel who was almost done with his two terms in office on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Initially, Amosun was a member of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and had contested for governorship seat in 2007 which he lost to Daniel.
His bid to re-contest after four years made him collapse his political structure into the defunct Action Congress (AC), the political party of his estranged deputy governor before it later metamorphosed into the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
After several permutations, Amosun became the governorship candidate of ACN and eventually won the seat.
Findings, however, revealed that the choice of Adesegun as his deputy governor did not go down well with Amosun as he had planned to use his former running mate in 2007 elelction, Mrs. Elizabeth Sonubi from Ogun East.
He was said to have raised objection to the choice initially, but, was rebuffed by the leadership of the party led by a former governor of the state, Aremo Segun Osoba.
Findings also revealed that while Amosun was still nursing the wound of not being allowed to nominate his running mate, the party forced another one on him when it chose all the National Assembly members in the state and about 85 per cent members of the State Assembly without his input. He was reportedly given just six slots at the State Assembly.
This among others were said to have infuriated Amosun who reportedly hinted some of his loyalists of his plan to hit back at the leaders of the party when he becomes the governor. True to his words, Amosun displayed his power as the executive governor of the state. He firstly changed the plan of the party to install the candidate of the party for the post of deputy speaker and replaced it with his loyalist. The party had designed that, Suraju Adekunbi would be the speaker while Adijat Adeleye-Oladapo would be his deputy. But, Amosun played a fast one on the party, replaced Adijat with Tola Banjo as the deputy speaker.
Apart from this, Amosun also ensured that some of the party nominees as commissioners scaled through, except Chief Olu Odeyemi, a long time loyalist of Aremo Osoba.
In the area of local government, Amosun also resisted the plan of the party to have its way during the local government elections. But Amosun was left with no choice about the inclusion of Adesegun in his cabinet.
Amosun later dealt with the party leadership following an unconfirmed report that, the party had positioned Adesegun to take over Amosun’s government after he must have been impeached.