Barely a week after his return to the All Progressives Congress(APC), reports have revealed that ex-governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba did not collect any funds from the former President, Goodluck Jonathan to campaign at the 2015 polls. This was disclosed by a national chieftain of APC yesterday during an interactive session with selected journalists in Lagos. The chieftain noted that the reason behind the former Ogun State governor’s return to the APC was aimed at building a united political front in the South-west considering his previous experiences in the region.
On the Sunday’s reconciliation meeting, the chieftain said Osoba’s return to APC had been going on underground long before the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu led other party leaders “to prevail on him to return to the party last Sunday”.In the chieftain’s words,”The return of Osoba has nothing to do with Ogun politics or Ogun State Governor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun. Rather, the monarchs were motivated to ensure unity in the rank of the South-west APC leaders because of the antecedent of the region.
“Our political antecedent shows that the South-west will suffer if it does not have a united political front. It happened between 1964 and 1965 during the federal parliamentary elections. It also happened in 1993 before and after the annulment of the June 12 presidential elections. Among others, these antecedents motivated the monarchs to reconcile the APC leaders so that the region will not lose out. The Sunday meeting was a formality. The issue is not about Amosun and Osoba. Amosun was not part of us. But Osoba worked with the progressives.”