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Osoba Returns To APC

Posted: Apr 4, 2016 at 2:56 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

…South-West party leaders resolve difference


Ejikeme Omenazu



Chief Olusegun Osoba, former Ogun State governor, on Sunday returned to the All Progressives Congress (APC), where he was once a leaders before his dramatic exit.

Osoba returned to his old fold when he hosted the South-West leadership of the party in his Ikoyi, Lagos, residence on Sunday night, in a meeting where the leaders restated their commitment to work together to bring progress to the country, particularly the western region.

The former governor and veteran journalist left the APC and defected to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the heat of campaigns for the 2015 general elections.

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the Osun State governor, who announced Osoba’s return to APC, said: “There was a time when Osoba switched to another party, he was a foundation member of the APC and he was in the APC throughout my election.

“Yes, he was for a time with the SDP, but with what we have just done today, Akinrogun Osoba, the Aremo himself, is back with the Progressive leadership of the Yoruba race.”

Osoba, however, did not make any open statement or speech about his return to the party, but Aregbesola reiterated: “I have told you very clearly that the progressive leadership of the Yoruba race is now fully united and are ready and charged to lead our efforts to reposition our land and integrate with others nationwide to put Nigeria in its proper footing.”

Other APC leaders in attendance at the meeting were Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,  the party’s national leader; Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Oyo State governor;  Rauf Aregbesola, Osun State governor; and Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos State governor, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Mrs. Oluranti Adebule.

Others are Segun Olusegun, former Ogun State Deputy Governor; Otunba Niyi Adebayo , former Ekiti State governor; Chief Bisi Akande, former APC  Interim National Chairman; Chief Pius Akinyelure, the party’s National Vice Chairman, South West; and Senator Gbenga Obadara.

Although details of the gathering were not made public, Aregbesola, who spoke moments later, said the APC leadership in the South West resolved its differences and was more than ever ready to pursue an agenda for development of the region.