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The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, has assured that no governor will defect from the party anymore.

The governor gave the assurance at the end of a closed-door meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and APC governors at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday night.

Okorocha, who briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, said they deliberated on the defections of two of their colleagues.

He said: “Two of our colleagues left our party.

“This is politics.

“It is unfortunate that they have to go.

“We have 22 states, 53 senators now.

“Nobody is leaving the party anymore.

“Those who have left, we are aware that they will leave long ago.

“President Buhari means well and he is willing to fight corruption and you all know if you are fighting corruption, it will fight back.

“This is what’s happening.”

The APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiohmole, who also spoke on the outcome of the meeting, said the governors were on a solidarity visit to President Buhari.

The governors at the meeting included Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State, Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State and Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

Others were Jubril Bindow of Adamawa State, Kashim Shettima of Borno State, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State and Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State.

Also at the meeting were Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, Simon Lalong of Plateau State, Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Abdullahi Gamduje of Kano State and Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State.

Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa State, Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and Osun State Deputy Governor Grace Laoye-Tomori were also in attendance.

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No Defection, I Stand With Buhari — Amosun

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Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has debunked the rumours making the rounds that he plans to defect from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to another party on account of the recent primaries in the state.

He described the news report in a segment of the media as a figment of the imagination of the writer(s).

In a press statement issued on Tuesday and signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Otunba Dayo Adeneye, Amosun wondered how he could be expected to quit a house he jointly built with other patriots.

“It is true that enormous pressure was brought to bear on Governor Amosun to move to another party because of the glaring injustice meted out to some party members at the recent primaries, but the governor maintained his stand that he would not decamp, especially on account of President Muhammadu Buhari, whose judgement and sense of justice, as the leader of the party, he cherishes and values immensely,” the statement said.

Adeneye further stated: “For those who know Amosun over the years, his struggles are usually not about his own person but equity, justice and fairness for all, especially the downtrodden masses. President Buhari represents this spirit and Amosun will stand by him and with him at all times.”

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Osun Election: Adeleke Challenges Oyetola’s Victory, Asks Tribunal To Declare Him Governor

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The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has asked the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Osogbo to declare him the winner of the governorship election in the state.

Senator Adeleke made the prayer on Tuesday when he filed a petition at the tribunal to challenge the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate and governor-elect, Mr Gboyega Oyetola.

He was represented at the tribunal by his running mate in the poll, Mr Albert Adeogun.

The 593-page petition was filed by one of the counsels to the PDP and its candidate, Mr Kanu Agabi.

The lawmaker and his party asked the tribunal led by Justice T.A. Igoche to nullify the victory of the governor-elect in the September 22 election.

They also asked the tribunal to declare the senator the winner of the poll because he polled the highest number of lawful votes cast and met other requirements of the law.

The PDP chairman in Osun, Mr Soji Adagunodo, and other party members were among those who stormed the tribunal in the state capital.

Mr Adagunodo told reporters that he was confident that his party would reclaim its mandate.

Senator Adeleke filed the petition at the tribunal barely three weeks after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Mr Oyetola as the winner of the Osun governorship election.

The APC candidate had trailed the senator by 353 votes before going into a supplementary election which held in seven polling units in the state on September 27.

However, his votes from the supplementary poll were enough to help him overturn the deficit and be returned as winner of the keenly contested election.

INEC consequently declared Oyetola the winner of the election.

The final votes announced by the electoral body showed that Oyetola got 255,505 votes, while Adeleke polled 255,023 votes.

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