Governors and leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Southwest Region of Nigeria converged on Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Thursday the 12th of January 2017, to strategize on the ways to strengthen the unity and cohesion of the leaders and party members in the region.
The closed-door meeting, which lasted for about five hours at the Governor’s Office, Ibadan, attracted virtually all elected and appointed leaders of the party from the zone, except the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yusuf Lasun, who had traveled out of the country.
A former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Segun Osoba, who briefed the press after the meeting, said that the leaders met to chart a new path for the party’s growth and dominance at the zonal and national levels. He told journalists that the leaders had closed ranks and had taken positions on burning national issues and governance, details of which he did not disclose.
“We met principally to discuss issues affecting Southwest in all ramifications and we have come out with a resolution to say that there is unity of purpose in the Southwest APC; the leadership is one; we are all together on all issues. All these issues were discussed exhaustively and we have related with all our governors with the resolution, which is that from now onward there will be total harmony and consultation among our governors for the development of Southwest of Nigeria.”
Osoba restated what he called the leadership position of the APC Southwest in the country, adding that the party leaders are determined to reassert their interest in the progressive politics of the country.
Also in attendance at the meeting were governors elected on the platform of the party in the Southwest: host,and Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun State); Mr. Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos State); and Mr. Rauf Aregbesola (Osun State).
Others were the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; Deputy National Chairman (South), Chief Segun Oni; National Vice Chairman (Southwest), Chief Pius Akinyelure; and a former National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande.
The list also includes the Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila; Senator Olusola Adeyeye; Minister of Communication, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu; Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola; Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun; Minister for Health, Prof Isaac Adewole; and Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
Apart from Osoba, a former Governor of Ekiti State, Chief Niyi Adebayo; and a former Governor of Osun State, Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola, were also present at the gathering; while two resource academics, Profs. Ropo Sekoni and John Ayoade, contributed to the discourse.