Aremo Olusegun Osoba a former Ogun State governor was yesterday reunited with leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the Southwest at a reconciliation meeting, where they jointly pledged to push progressive ideas to reinvent the country.
The reconciliation meeting at the Lagos residence of Osoba was attended by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and all APC governors from the Southwest with the notable exception of Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, who also did not send a representative.
Tinubu, who spoke to newsmen at the end of the meeting, however, said Amosun was with other Southwest governors on the reconciliation. Also present at the meeting were former governor of Osun State, Chief Bisi Akande; former governor of Ekiti State, Chief Niyi Adebayo, Senator Gbenga Obadara; APC National Vice Chairman, South West, Chief Pius Akinyelure; immediate past deputy governor of Ogun State, Segun Olusegun, among others. Briefing newsmen at the end of the nearly four-hour meeting, Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State said progressive leaders of the zone had resolved to collectively work towards the revival of Nigeria’s ailing economy.
“The leadership of progressive leadership in western Nigeria, leadership of progressive leadership in the western part of the country met today at the residence of Aremo Osoba and have resolved all the differences within the leadership completely.
As such we are happy to tell the world that the leadership of progressive politics is united. And we are ready to jointly prosecute the agenda for growth, purposeful leadership, development, good governance for the western part of Nigeria and we are committed to doing that for the entire nation.
‘’We have resolved to support the effort at the national level to revive the economy and put the people of Nigeria in a better stead than we met it when our party came to power.
The Aremo himself is back in the progressive leadership of Yoruba race. I have told you that the progressive leadership of Yoruba race is now ready and charged to reposition our land and integrate with others nationwide in its stead.
‘’Progressive leadership is on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC. All governors of the APC in the Western part of Nigeria are here.
With the leadership united, whoever subscribe to the leadership of the leaders must be part of this.’’ On his part, Tinubu while speaking on the sideline noted that the party leaders of the South west extraction resolved to be more progressive in pushing forward with a common vision.
His words: ‘’What is very crucial is forging one front and for us to remain progressive in our party. I am an unapologetic progressive and I will remain a progressive. And that is the only philosophy and principle I believe. Wherever the progressives must unite with their vision, I am for it.
Nobody is left out, it is all progressive and no one is left out. The governor of Ogun State is with us. He was elected on the platform of the APC and he is for the APC.’’
The senior special assistant on Media, Adejuwon Soyinka and the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Taiwo Adeoluwa both denied knowledge of the meeting when contacted on the absence of the governor at the meeting.
Tinubu also dismissed news reports that he had endorsed Akande for the chairmanship of Board of Trustees of the party. “This is not a leaderless revolution, leaders are defined and identified and it is clear that we are all one including governor of Ogun State. We are not in PDP that is why they think of something they are not.”