Osun APC gov primary: Oyetola defeats Aregbesola and cohorts
The result of the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state held on Saturday proved clearly that the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola is far from being a kingmaker in Osun politics.
After the congress on Saturday, Governor Oyetola emerged candidate of the party defeating/humiliating Aregbesola’s preferred candidate, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti with 222,169 to 12,921.
As reconciliation seemed impossible between the two gladiators and the followers, Aregbesola was vehemently against the second term bid of Oyetola.
He deployed all means to ensure that the project failed, including the formation of The Osun Progressives, TOP, a group within the party campaigning vigorously against him.
The group launched bitter campaigns against the Governor’s group ahead of their congress last year and even challenged the emergence of Ileri-Oluwa members as State Working Committee.
The minister claimed: “Oyetola has betrayed my trust, I begged him for two years, pleading with him not to erase my legacies but he refused. We have also left him alone, we have reclaimed our party. We will not support him. Adeoti is Osun’s next Governor.”
Oyetola’s silence tactics
While the situation was tense, Governor Oyetola rather than reply or respond to allegations against him, embarked on a tour of local governments across the state, familiarising himself with newly elected party executive members and party loyalists seeking their support for the party’s ticket.
The Governor’s Special Adviser on Political Matters, Oluomo Sunday Akere said Aregbesola’s tactics were attempts to distract the Governor, adding that rather than for the Governor to respond to their allegations, he would concentrate on winning the heart of the masses.
Akere said: “As you can see, the Governor is deploying the state resources to service the different strata of the society and rather than being disturbed by the antics of a few aggrieved politicians, he is focused on delivering democratic dividends and winning the heart of the masses.”
The governorship primary
On the day of the governorship primary, party members thronged the 332 wards across the state and after results were collated, Oyetola defeated the Minister in his ward and local government.
Also, Oyetola defeated both Adeoti and Lasun Yusuf in their wards and local governments.
It’s victory for our people—Oyetola
Governor Oyetola, immediately after the result was announced, urged his co-contestants in the contest to allow peace to reign and take the state to greater heights.
Oyetola said: “It is a victory for our people who trooped out in large number during our strategic tour of the State to inform them of our intention to seek a second term. It is a restatement of their confidence in our Development Agenda which we delivered in 2018 and performance sealed in 2022. It is evidence of their belief in sustainable development which we brought into governance and preached every inch of the way.
“I thank you all our party members for your constant support, and especially for speaking eloquently today with your massive votes in favour of our administration’s restoration and consolidation agenda.
“With this primary election now concluded, I invite us all to rededicate ourselves and the party to deliver an overwhelming victory at the gubernatorial polls holding on Saturday, July 16, 2022.
“Let us close ranks and eschew bitterness in whatever form. Therefore, may I use this opportunity to also ask all our aggrieved members to have a rethink and join hands with us to further strengthen our party and deliver outstanding results at the gubernatorial poll.”
The exercise was a sham— Aregbesola
Immediately the exercise was concluded, the Minister, in a statement by his media aide, Sola Fasure, described the exercise as a sham.
He said: “We have heard of the absence of result sheets and other vital documents for recording results and vital data. We note also the absence of INEC officials in most wards, casting serious doubt on the credibility of the election.
“We note with shame and much regret the consternation of local and international observers on what they regard as a travesty of an election. I will urge you to maintain your cool and calm. Be not downcast, be not agitated. Hold your head high. “We are still receiving and studying all these reports and will take a definitive position on them.
“You are urged not to take laws into your hands. Please leave the rest to the Almighty God and let us explore all peaceful and legal means for addressing the matter in order to obtain justice.”
Observer group’s reaction
Meanwhile, an observer group, Advocacy for Advancement of Peace and Harmony in Africa Initiative, ADAPHAI, described the exercise as peaceful, orderly and a model for other states as well as other political parties.
Addressing a press conference in Osogbo, the National Coordinator of the group, Mr Sulaimon Suberu, averred that the process allowed every member of the party to exercise franchise in the atmosphere of peace.
Subaru said: “All in all, the process of the APC Primary election in Osun State was free, fair and democratic, it is indeed a model for other states and other political parties.
“However, there were reports of violence in three wards; Ward 2 Ede North where some suspected hoodlums invaded the voting centres with guns to destabilise the voting during accreditation, Gidigbo Ward 2 Iwo, where the Iwo Local Government Chairman, Mr Kamonru Ishola was allegedly assaulted and Ward 6, Osogbo, Atakunmonsa East where a yet to be identified man was shot dead by political thugs but the vehicle used for the operation was driven by the security personnel.
“In all, the report of violence is less than 1percent in all the 332 wards in the state and in our rating, the process in its entirety is excellence judging from recent political party primaries conducted in Anambra and Ekiti States.”
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Present at the brief event today (Wednesday) were the Governor of Benue State, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia, some servicing and former governors, including former Governor of Nasarawa state, Tanko Almakura and the immediate past SGF, Boss Mustapha.
Others were Vice President, Kashim Shettima; Senate President, Ahmed Lawan; Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr FolasadeYemi-Esan and the spouse of the new SGF, Mrs Regina Akume.
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The President also appointed Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila as the Chief of Staff, and Senator Ibrahim Hadejia, a former Deputy Governor of Jigawa State, as the Deputy Chief of Staff.
The appointment was made public via a statement issued by Abiodun Oladunjoye, Director, Information, State House. Abuja.
According to the statement, the President announced the appointment during the meeting he held with Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
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The lawmakers representing Edo South, Senator Mathew Urhoghide, and Ondo Central, Senator Ayo Akinyelure, have both defected from the People’s Democratic Party.
The duo of Urhoghide and Akinyelure made their defection known on Wednesday in separate letters read by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agegewho, who presided over the plenary.
In his letter titled, ‘Notification of Resignation of My Membership of the Peoples Democratic Party,” Uroghide stated that his exit from the party was due to irreconcilable differences and squabbles within the party.
He said, “I write to formally inform you and the entire Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that I am resigning my membership of the Peoples Democratic Party, effective immediately.
“This difficult decision arose out of the negative political energy emanating at the moment from the irreconcilable differences and squabbles within the PDP at the national level and especially in my dear state, Edo State.
“These squabbles have spiked to levels that have made it impossible for someone like me, who is a confirmed democrat, to function and grow as I envisioned in my political journey.”
The Edo lawmaker stated that he was grateful to the party for the experience and opportunity given him to build relationships.
Similarly, Akinyelure noted that he was resigning to seek other means of adding value to his state.
He said, “Distinguished colleagues in the 9th Senate of the National Assembly, this is to inform you that I am resigning my membership of the Peoples Democratic Party with effect from June 11, 2023 when I must have completed my four-year tenure in the Senate of the 9th Assembly.
“I, therefore, wish to express my appreciation to the party for granting me the opportunity to serve Ondo Central Senatorial District and Nigeria in the Senate of the 9th Assembly on the platform of the PDP.”
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Both lawmakers didn’t state what party they are defecting to.
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The letters were presented to the president by the special envoys and heads of missions of the countries after his inauguration as the 16th President of Nigeria.
Among the countries are United Kingdom, United States, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Brazil, South Korea, Israel, Cape Verde, Somalia and Nicaragua.
While congratulating President Tinubu, the new UK High Commissioner to Nigeria, Richard Montgomery, presented letters from British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, King Charles and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
The US delegation led by Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Marcia L. Fudge, paid a courtesy call on President Tinubu and had a brief bilateral discussion with him.
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While delivering a letter of invitation from South Korean, President Yoon Suk Yeol for Tinubu to visit that country soon, the delegation also sought increase relations between the two countries.
The Saudi Arabian delegation delivered a goodwill message from the Saudi Royal House to the Nigerian president.
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