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Osoba preaches unity, peace ahead of APC primaries

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Chief Olusegun Osoba, Former governor of Ogun State

Former Ogun State governor, Chief Segun Osoba, yesterday appealed to All Progressives Congress (APC) faithful not to allow the controversy surrounding the party’s primaries on Saturday divide the party.

The National Working Committee (NWC) directed that selection of candidates for the 2019 elections must be through direct primaries “if consensus fails.”

But many of the APC state chapters, including Ogun, have adopted indirect primaries, a situation which appears to be causing division within the party.

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The APC chieftain, while addressing some of the aspirants, party leaders and other stakeholders at his GRA Abeokuta residence, cautioned his party members not to go to Saturday’s election divided, as the consequences would be disastrous.

His words: “Let us learn from the Osun election; what happened in Osun must not repeat here (Ogun).

“Despite the allegations against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in Osun, his people still voted for him, because there is unity within the party. I am preaching unity in order for us to win the election proper.”

He spoke on the mode for Saturday’s election. “The electoral process is within the power of the NWC, which directed that it must be through direct primaries, if consensus fails. That settles it.

So don’t be afraid. The process is the business and function of the NWC.”

Osoba, who stressed that he would always respect the office of the governor, irrespective of whoever is there, appealed to Governor Ibikunle Amosun to unite the party by avoiding decisions that would cause division.


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