Osoba, APC reconcilatory committee meeting deadlocked

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By DAUD OLATUNJI

ABEOKUTA—A meeting between former governor of Ogun State, Aremo Segun Osoba and the reconciliatory committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to resolve the lingering crisis in the party in Ogun State, has ended in deadlock.

Chief Segun Osoba and Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun

Chief Segun Osoba and Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun

APC in the state has been factionalised into two camps with Osoba leading a faction while Governor Ibikunle Amosun leads the other.

The meeting, held in Abuja was to resolve the crisis between the two camps.

Vanguard gathered that the national leadership of the party was reportedly jolted over alleged moves by the Presidency to woo Aremo Osoba and his group to its side.

A source told Vanguard that APC’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and the chairman of the APC reconciliatory committee, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar led the team which held a closed-door meeting with Aremo Osoba in Abuja last week.

Both Osoba and Amosun camps have been at loggerheads over the structure of the party in the state, which led to parallel executive councils, after which the national leadership accepted Amosun’s executive and rejected Osoba’s.

Sequel to the development, loyalists of Osoba threatened to dump the party and vowed not to have anything to do with Amosun and his group.

At the failed reconciliatory meeting, Vanguard gathered that Osoba maintained his stance that justice must be done by the party before they could talk about reconciliation.

Osoba was reported to have told the delegates that, despite the fact that his camp followed the party guidelines, the party discarded him and his loyalists for his estranged political son.

According to the source, efforts by Odigie-Oyegun and Atiku to persuade Osoba not to leave the party has not yielded fruits as the former governor vowed that unless the party corrected the abnormality, his group would not work with Amosun.

It was, however, gathered that  after a lot of persuasion on Osoba, he later fixed a meeting between his loyalists, especially his executive, members of National Assembly caucus and the reconciliatory committee in Abeokuta this week.

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