Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state has dismissed reports labelling him as the new leader of All Progressive Congress (APC) in the South West region.
Amosun, in a statement said he is just a loyal member of APC who stands by the party and President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that he initially ignored the insinuation on the eve of the Ondo state governorship poll, that he has emerged as the new APC leader in the South West.
“When that phrase was first brought to my attention, particularly during the weeks preceding the Ondo State gubernatorial election, my immediate reaction was to ignore same as yet another distractive antics of the opposition.
“Somehow, the misnomer stuck and it came to appear rather more frequently in several other fora and publications, including respectable gatherings and the media”, the statement reads.
The governor explained that as the governor of APC controlled Ogun state, he is a major stakeholder in the party, and he is obliged to respect all APC leaders in Ogun state, the South West and Nigeria.
He further stated that this is what is expected of every APC member by the customs and constitution of the party.
Amosun, however, admitted that there is a serious crisis in APC, but he is confident that it will be over and that Nigeria will come out of the crisis stronger.
Amosun first aligned with Buhari in 2007 when he contested the 2007 governorship election on the platform of the former All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP at a time the incumbent president was the presidential candidate of the party.