APC says Osoba’s exit will not affect its electoral chances

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has expressed shock over the defection of a former governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba, the incumbent deputy governor, Segun Adesegun and some of its members to the Social Democratic Party, SDP.

It, however, said their defection would not affect its electoral chances.

Messrs. Osoba and Adesegun as well as the three senators representing the state and six members of the House of the Representatives have reportedly joined the SDP.

The former governor and the state’s incumbent governor, Ibikunle Amosu had been locked in a political battle for the control of the soul of the APC.

On his part, Mr. Adesegun, who is an ally of Mr. Osoba, had late last month, written Mr. Amosun, accusing the governor of denying of starving his office of funds.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed on Thursday, the party said the shock stemmed from the fact that efforts were ongoing to reconcile the aggrieved members in the Ogun State Chapter, hence it was expected that they would give room for the efforts to yield fruits.

It expressed the hope that the defecting party members would reconsider their decision and beat a quick retreat.

”Yes, the defection of some our members will create some challenges for our party, but we will go back to the drawing board to re-strategize and redouble our efforts to retain the state in 2015,” the party said.

”Every member of our party is important to its overall success, but none is more important than the party. Against this background, no member can hold the party to ransom.”

The APC said it was a mere fallacy for anyone to conclude that the defection of some members, irrespective of their self importance, would dramatically alter the chances of the party in 2015, and therefore urged its members in Ogun State not to lose any sleep over the latest development.

Since its formation last year, the Nigeria’s main opposition APC has lost some of its prominent members, who played crucial roles in the fusion of three defcunt opposition parties into the party.

Some of them include former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, current minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa and former Foreign Affairs Minister, Tom Ikimi, all of who have gone to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

It, however, won five PDP governors into its fold. They are Chibuike Amaechi, Rivers; Aliyu Wamakko, Sokoto; Rabi’u Kwankwaso, Kano; Abdulfatah Ahmed, Kwara; and former Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State.


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  • emmanuel

    Jaguda get oga truly, if not Lai for don bad mouth Osoba. But he know say the only reason why PT wrote against the APC since inception was on the account of Osoba versus Amosun.

    Anyway, the thing wenake ACN with Ogun state, na im wan make PDP/Labour party take am back now – Gbege!

    • Okodoro

      You are not correct

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  • the_adviser

    Amosun became governor due to the rift in PDP in 2011, APC will now have a taste of the same medicine come 2015 if the party is not careful.

  • Akiika

    Shame on Osoba, this is all about personal aggrandizement, he wants to keep playing Godfather. He installed his son as the house of rep. member, yet not satisfied. He created a faction against the Governor because he refuses to do his bidding, Amosun refused to let you convert the state treasury to your personal estate. If this is about Amosun’s performance as you claim, why not wait for the primaries to support another candidate or until he finishes his 2nd term if he gets elected to support a better candidate. Does the party ideology matter? Do you have to be in a position or being in control to be a member of a party? Are you in APC because of Amosun’s performance? Did any Godfather constantly ask for “ishakole” when you were a Governor? Go to your SDP, Omo ole agbaaya jati jati!

  • @Amuwospeaks

    It will Definately not affect APC’s electoral chance. He has lost his political value