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.