Peoples Democratic Party’s only senator from the South-West zone, Hosea Agboola , who is the Senate’s Deputy Chief Whip has played down the party’s loss to All Progressives Congress in the recent Osun State governorship election, describing it as a temporary setback in PDP’s bid to capture the South-West.
The chairman of the South-West Network of PDP said during the opening of 20 constituency project he instituted in Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State that the party would not entertain any fear despite the loss, revealing that the party had already begun strengthening its network with the bid to bouncing back stronger ahead of the 2015 general election. The party lost former governors in Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Isiaka Adeleke in the run-in to the governorship election. To forestall a similar scenario, Agboola said all aggrieved party members had been approached and that they would work for the party’s success in 2015.
He said, “All aggrieved party chieftains across the states in the South-West zone, more importantly Oyo, Ogun and Lagos states where governorship elections will be held in 2015, have been urged to bury all differences and work for the party next year and beyond the election period.
“Only God knows why we lost in Osun but that will not distract us from reclaiming the other South-West states. PDP house in Oyo State is in one accord and we will spread the same gospel to other states in the zone most importantly Ogun and Lagos, for the party and indeed President Goodluck Jonathan to be victorious in 2015.” he added.
Agboola said the defection of APC members like its former Presidential candidate, Nuhu Ribadu, was an indication that PDP had begun to reclaim its lost territories.
“The defection to PDP shows the strength of this party. We do not discriminate against anyone and our party’s internal democracy stands us out,” he said.