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Aregbesola and leadership doctrine



Sir: Aregbesola is a politician I admire a great deal- not only for his doggedness but also for his accomplishments in office as a two-term governor of Osun State. There is no doubt that he completely changed the face of the state in all ramifications during his tenure in office.

The people rewarded him with massive support and goodwill in office. Undoubtedly, he is a pathfinder and visionary leader who still has a great deal to offer our beloved nation. But, he must put his house in order, and urgently too.


His recent statement that APC is admitting killers into its fold is regrettable and distasteful. It, significantly, diminishes him as a leader and peacemaker. If the statement is directed at a popular politician in the state, the ex-governor missed it completely. It is painting the APC as a party of murderers.

Let the truth be told, the structures of the two main political parties in Osun State were built with the sagacity, enterprise and funding support of the politician the ex-governor may be referring to. He played a key role in funding the Alliance for Democracy to enable it to secure a massive victory in the 1999 governorship elections that Baba Akande won. His massive energy and force with the experience and integrity of Baba Akande, as well as the ingenuity and political sagacity of late Bola Ige, secured victory for the party at the polls in 1999. Undoubtedly, that was the best moment for progressive politics in the state before things fell apart.

But Aregbesola brought fresh momentum to the politics of the state. He brought focus and energy. But he has a choice to make before he destroys the house he has built. He either continues with his present display of indiscretion and poor political judgement or he forgets his pride and provides true leadership for his party in the state by stopping all his recent tendencies towards inflaming unnecessary passion and division in the state.


Whatever was the politics behind the nomination of Oyetola to contest the last governorship election in the state, the election is over now. The governor has been most worthy of the high office. That should be a plus to the Honourable Minister in having a worthy successor.  Besides, Oyetola was an accomplished person before his sojourn in politics.

Perhaps Aregbesola should be guided by how late Chief Adekunle Ajasin conducted himself at the height of the Omoboriowo saga in the second republic. Chief Ajasin was a political titan and fighter of the highest order on his own. He could have challenged Awo’s authority and gotten away with it. But he stayed the course, remained loyal to the leader till the end, and even rallied the progressive forces in the south-west to support MKO Abiola’s ambition to be President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Victor Mayomi, retired public servant, policy analyst and public affairs commentator


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