Members of the South-West committee of APC met on Thursday on how to make a former Governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba, the embattled Deputy Governor, Segun Adesegun, and others have a rethink on their defection from the leading opposition party to the Social Democratic Party.
APC National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, who made this known in a telephone interview with Punch, said the committee headed by former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, has ex-Minister Tony Momoh, as one of its members.
He said, “We believe that the grievances are not irreconcilable and we are redoubling our efforts to bring them back. What we share in common with them is much more than the areas of disagreement. “There’s nothing absolutely fundamental that cannot be reconciled. The party’s South-West committee on reconciliation is in a strategic meeting right now as I speak with you to ensure that the family remains one. “We will concentrate efforts on bringing the major players into accord. The committee has the mandate to get to the root cause of the disagreement and achieve total reconciliation.”
It was gathered from a reliable member of the APC that the truce committee would meet soon with Osoba, Adesegun and others who joined the SDP, a party led by a former Presidential candidate of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party.
The other APC members that defected are Senators Adegbenga Kaka, Ghenga Obadara and Akin Odunsi, who represent Ogun East, Ogun Central and Ogun West respectively.
The defected members of the House of Representatives are Kunle Adeyemi, Babatunde Olabode, Olumide Osoba, Abiodun Abudu and Bukunola Buraimo.
Earlier on Thursday, Lai Mohammed, in a terse statement expressed the hope that the defectors would reconsider their decision and beat a quick retreat to the APC for the good of all.
“Every member of our party is important to its overall success, but none is more important than the party. Against this background, no member can hold the party to ransom.”