The All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed shock over the defection of some of its members in Ogun State to another party, but said the defection will not affect the overall chances of the party in the forthcoming polls
A former governor of the state, Chief Olusegun Osoba, and the incumbent Deputy Governor, Segun Adesegun, on Wednesday defected from APC to the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the APC said the shock it expressed stemmed from the fact that efforts are ongoing to reconcile the aggrieved members in the Ogun State Chapter, hence it was expected that they will give room for the efforts to yield fruits.
It expressed the hope that the defecting party members will reconsider their decision and beat a quick retreat.
”Yes, the defection of some our members will create some challenges for our party, but we will go back to the drawing board to re-strategize and redouble our efforts to retain the state in 2015.
“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 into ransom,” it said.
APC said it is a mere fallacy for anyone to conclude that the defection of some members, irrespective of their self-importance, will dramatically alter the chances of the party in 2015, and therefore urged its members in Ogun State not to lose any sleep over the latest development.