The Leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nigeria’s South West met in Lagos where they restated their commitment to work together to move the country and particularly the region forward.
Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, who spoke to journalists shortly after the meeting held at the Ikoyi residence of former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba, said the leadership of the party in the region have resolved their differences and are more than ever ready to pursue an agenda for development of the region.
“We have resolved all the differences within the leadership and as such we are happy to tell the world that the leadership of progressive politics in Western part of Nigeria is united and ready to jointly prosecute the agenda for growth, purposeful leadership, development, good governance in the Western part of Nigeria.
“As we are committed to doing that for the entire nation and through that support the effort at the national level to revive the Nigerian economy and put the people in a better stead than we inherited when our party took over governance in Nigeria,” according to Aregbesola.
He expressed optimism that good governance and purposeful leadership could trigger the desired change, which according to him will not only profit Nigeria, but also the African continent and the black race.
“I have told you very clearly that the progressive leadership of the Yoruba race is now fully united and is ready and charged to lead our efforts to reposition our land and integrate with others nationwide to put Nigeria in its proper footing,” the governor reiterated.
Governor Aregbesola also used the platform to announce that a former governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba had decamped from the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to the APC.
“There was a time when Osoba switched to another party (SDP), 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,” he reiterated.
Some of the people in attendance at the meeting include the National Leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode who was represented by his deputy, Dr Oluranti Adebule, former Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Segun Adesegun, former Governor of Ekiti State, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, former interim National Chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande, APC National Vice Chairman, South West, Chief Pius Akinyelure, Senator Gbenga Obadara, among others.
Chief Osoba, a foundation member of the ruling APC had left the party for the SDP in the build-up to the 2015 general elections due to unresolved issues with the incumbent governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.