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Why I am opposed to Oyetola re-election – Aregbesola

By Adamu Abuh, Abuja
18 February 2022   |   11:36 am
The Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola has offered an insight as to why he is opposed to the reelection of Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun state.

Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola. Photo: TWITTER/RAUFAAREFBESOLA/OGUNDIRANDOLAPO

The Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola has offered an insight as to why he is opposed to the reelection of Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun state.

Aregbesola claimed that he was being witch-hunted by Oyetola, who succeeded him as Osun state governor, urged the party faithful in the state to come out in their thousands to ensure that his anointed candidate Moshood Adeoti emerges the party’s candidate on Saturday.

Aregbesola, flanked by the Osun APC Chairman, Alhaji Rasaq Salinsile, TOP Chairman, Reverend ‘Lowo Adebiyi among other dignitaries, maintained that it is indeed time to restore Osun to the hands of true progressives which the party members must key into to entrench the dividends of democracy.

“There is no harm in replacing someone who is not doing well and not in tandem with progressive ideals,” Aregbesola said. “That is what we are working on and that is why we have come to you.

“I worked very hard to ensure Oyetola’s election. It was, however, a rude shock when he got into office and started a grand witch-hunt against me.

“We campaigned for Oyetola through thick and thin to make him Governor. It was however surprising to see how he was doing to me when he got to office.

“When he started doing it, I sent emissaries and started begging him. This went on for two years. I continued to send emissaries to him to appeal to him. I also begged him too. I even told him not to like me at all, but not destroy my good works or personality. He did not heed to this. He kept on with his witch-hunt.

“He said I did not support him to become governor. I appealed to him that he may not even like me, but he should not tarnish my image or destroy my legacies and that of our party, the true progressives in Osun politics. He did not listen. He was bent on destroying me and that’s what he has done.

“After two years, genuine party leaders gathered together with the sole aim of rescuing our party from these marauders.

“That is what we are here to do. We were the ones who sweat hard for the progress and success our party has achieved. We brought the former party Chairman, (Famodun) from the PDP. It is time to send them packing.”

In his remarks, Adeoti re-echoed the need for party members to support his ambition.

He promised to build on the legacies of the All Progressives Congress in Osun as enshrined in the ideals of good governance entrenched by the Aregbesola administration in Osun from November 2010 to November 2018.

He urged party members not to be afraid of state-sponsored violence by non-state actors backed by the Commissioner of Police, but come out en-masse to make him the party’s candidate for the July 16, 2022 governorship election.