By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Southwest zonal caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday held a meeting in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
They deliberated on the urgent need to rally support for the re-election of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu who emerged as the party’s candidate ahead of the Governorship election in Ondo State.
The meeting which was chaired by the Osun Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, who is also the Southwest representative on the Caretaker/Extra-ordinary National Convention Planning Committee, had in attendance the party chairmen of the six states in the Southwest and other members of the APC caucus in the zone.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, the governor disclosed that the meeting, which held at the Government House in Osogbo, also focused on the need to strategically position the zone ahead of the party’s National convention expected to hold after the Edo and Ondo Governorship Elections respectively.
According to Oyetola, “We had a successful deliberation on various issues. First of all was the opportunity the meeting afforded us to fully brief members on the matters on the agenda of the national caretaker committee of the party, of which I am the representative of the Southwest zone.
“The briefing is necessary to enable us to reposition the Southwest strategically ahead of the national convention that will hold in six months’ time.
“We also discussed the need to immediately reach out to members that are aggrieved for necessary reconciliation and ensure the victory of our party in the coming governorship election in Ondo.
“Of course, the party’s victory in Edo is our concern but our immediate focus is on Ondo, being one of the Southwest States. That we lost Oyo is painful. We can’t afford to lose Ondo. We are happy that the primary has been successfully conducted and a candidate has emerged.
“While we need to do everything possible to take Oyo back, we must rally support for our candidate to ensure victory for our party in Ondo. So, we discussed the need to work together to collectively appeal to the aggrieved parties. All should put party’s interest above personal interests.
“We also discussed the need to ensure reconciliation of members in all the States.”