- Governor Rauf Aregbesola declares that recent defections in the APC in Osun will not affect the party's success in the forthcoming governorship election
- Aregbesola commends the speaker of the state's House of Assembly for remaining in the party despite losing the governorship ticket
- The governor expresses belief that God will help the party to win the election
Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun said on Sunday, August, 26, that he and members of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state are not deterred by the defections of some party members to opposition parties.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Aregbesola made the remark at a rally organised by the speaker of the Osun House of Assembly, Najeem Salaam, in Ejigbo.
The media aide to the governor, Sola Fasure, said in a statement that Aregbesola declared that the party remained strong on account of its wide acceptance by the people of the state, adding that the defections would not in any way affect the party’s victory in the forthcoming election.
The governor said that members of the party were committed and united, regardless of gale of defections from the party.
“This defection has made us to know those that are genuinely with us and those that are not with us.
“We have known friends, enemies and cunning individuals among us by this defection but we are not afraid of their antics as we remain united, strong and committed.
“We are confident of victory. We know God is on our side and we believe in Him; we believe He will lead us to victory,” he said adding that his party was working hard to sustain the tempo of continuity, which according to him, can only set the state on the pedestal of all round development.
Aregbesola stated that APC is the only political party that can turn around the socioeconomic fortunes of the state and Nigeria for the better and urged the electorate to vote for the party in all elections.
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He commended Salaam, who was one of the 17 aspirants that contested the APC governorship primary which Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola won, for always abiding by the party’s decision.
He described Salaam as a pillar of support to APC in the state and beyond, noting that his position had been diligently used to effect positivity in the party and for its loyalists.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the campaign office of former vice president of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday, August 26, debunked the story from a section of the media that the presidential aspirant for the 2019 election had defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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