Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has said he and members of the All Progressives Congress in the state are not deterred by the defections of some party members to opposition parties.
Aregbesola made the remark at a rally organised by the Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Najeem Salaam, in Ejigbo.
This was contained in a statement by Sola Fasure, the media aide to the governor, on Sunday.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that some APC members in the state had defected to opposition parties in the past few weeks ahead of the September 22 governorship election in the state.
However, the governor said the party remained strong on account of its wide acceptance by the people of the state, adding that the defections would not in any way affect the party’s victory in the forthcoming election.
He said members of the party were committed and united, regardless of gale of defections from the party.
Aregbesola said: “This defection has made us to know those that are genuinely with us and those that are not with us.
“We have known friends, enemies and cunning individuals among us by this defection but we are not afraid of their antics as we remain united, strong and committed.