I Only Took Leave of Absence From APC —Osoba

…Says Alake, Awujale instrumental to his return

FORMER governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba, on Tuesday, said he only took a leave of absence from the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the build up to the 2015 general election.
He said this during the public presentation of a book authored by a foremost politician, Chief Alani Bankole, entitled ‘Alake of Egbaland: The Succession Dynamics,’ held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Osoba said the meeting held in his private residence, had been misconstrued and misunderstood by the general public.
The former governor said the peace meeting was at the instance of national leaders, governors and former governors of the party, led by Senator Bola Tinubu.
Osoba said: “The story of what happened last Sunday has been misconstrued by the Nigerian public. The national leaders of the APC came to plead with me that I should return to the party.
“I’m a founding father of APC. If I take a leave of absence from my own house, would I not return to my father’s house? I am back to my father’s house.”
He added that the leaders of the party came to appeal to him on why he must not abandon the party that he laboured to build.
Osoba, who was the special guest of honour, also acknowledged the mediatory roles played by two prominent traditional rulers in the state, to ensure his return to the party.

It will be recalled that national leaders of the APC, led by Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu; former national chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande; governors of Osun and Oyo states, Rauf Aregbesola and Senator Abiola Ajimobi; former governor of Ekiti State, Chief Niyi Adebayo, among others, stormed the Ikoyi residence of Osoba, to bring him back to the party.
He also disclosed that the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo and the Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Kayode Adetona, were instrumental to his return to the ruling party.
The event attracted personalities which included traditional title holders in Egbaland, former Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Alhaji Tunji Ishola; former Minister of State for Agriculture, Alhaji Najeem Awodele; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Dimeji Bankole and the National President of Baptist Boys’ High School, Abeokuta, Professor Ajao Adenekan.
The chairman on the occassion, Chief Olatunde Abudu, described the book as a “customary masterpiece on the making of Alake of Egbaland.”

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