Disquiet In Ogun APC Over Amosun’s Senate Ambition
By Sola SADIQ
Senator representing Ogun Central district in the National Assembly, Dr. Lanre Tejuosho, may not be offered a second term ticket come 2019.
The eldest son of Osile Oke Ona Egba, Oba Adedapo Tejosho was elected into the Senate in 2015 on the ticket of the All Progressives Congress.
Indications that the medical doctor turned politician may relinquish his seat in 2019 emerged during an APC state caucus meeting presided over by Governor Ibikunle Amosun at the Government House in Abeokuta, the state capital. Also in attendance at the meeting include members of the party’s executive council and all state and federal lawmakers.
In his speech, which he delivered extempore, the governor reportedly told his audience: “I am under enormous pressure to contest for the Senate. I may contest and I may not. The incumbent senator (Tejuosho) may go for another term and may not, but we’ll see what happens.”
The governor’s statement, however, did not come as a surprise to inside sources within the Ogun APC. In the last few months, speculations were rife that Amosun “was seriously considering” returning to the Senate where he tasted his first elective position between 2003 and 2007.
After dropping the bombshell, sources say a pin dropped silence enveloped the meeting, with Tejuosho, obviously looking rattled. But he may not completely lose out.
The governor, it was learnt, may support the ceding of the deputy governorship ticket to Tejuosho, since the governorship ticket would certainly be given to either Ogun West or Ogun East zones.
It is however not clear yet if Tejuosho would be favourably disposed to this arrangement.