Some female stalwarts in Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday joined the growing list of protesters in support of Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s anointed candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, threatening to match at the national headquarters of the party in Abuja, on Friday, naked.
The protesters in large number, who took to major streets in Abeokuta, asked the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomole, to address their grievances immediately.
The National Working Committee (NWC) had recognised an oil magnate, Dapo Abiodun as the APC governorship candidate in Ogun State.
Led by the Chairman of Ilugun Local Council Development Authority, Mofoluke Soremekun and other women leaders in the three senatorial districts, the protesters insisted that they voted Akinlade as against Abiodun announced by the national leadership of the party.
The women drawn from across the 20 local government areas of the state had converged on the Oke-Mosan Governor’s office as early as 8am from where they matched through the ever-busy IBB Boulevard to Kuto and stopped at the NUJ Secretariat, Iwe Iroyin, in a development which disrupted vehicular movements momentarily.
Soremekun, while addressing the leadership of the party said the women stood by the mandate given to Akinlade on the 2nd of October, 2018 and would not allow anybody to rob them of their mandate.
She said, “We don’t know why somebody would just go and sit down and brought out a cooked up story to upturn our mandate. We are using this medium to appeal to our father, President Muhammadu Buhari, we are appealing to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, we are appealing to Comrade Adams Oshiomole that they should not upturn the wishes of the masses in Ogun State APC family.
“Nobody can upturn our hard earn vote from the people we voted for, because on that mandate of October 2nd we stand.”
The State Women Leader of the party, Sade Giwa, while speaking said they were surprised at the turn of event on the outcome of the primary adding that it was Akinlade who won the primary.
“We are warning all the NWC led by Adams Oshiomole because women are going to take action if they fail to announce Akinlade as the party candidate before Friday. We are going to storm Abuja to express our displeasure and we will go naked,” Giwa said.
Addressing the protesting women at Oke-Mosan governor’s office , the deputy Governor, Yetunde Onanuga applauded the women for leaving their home to defend their right.
“Let us exercise patience when it is time for us to go to Abuja, I’ll personally follow you to Abuja,” she said.