The faction of the Osun State All Progressives Congress, loyal to the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, haas claimed that the faceoff between him and incumbent governor, Gboyega Oyetola led to defeat at the last Saturday’s election.
The Chairman of the Aregbesola’s faction of the APC, Rasaq Salinsile, and the factional Publicity Secretary, Abiodun Agboola, in an interview with PUNCH, said the lack of unity in the party cost the APC victory at the poll.
Salinsile said it was evident that Oyetola came to destroy the party by playing politics of segregation and blacklisting those linked to Aregbesola.
He said: “But it is an obvious fact that Governor Isiaka Oyetola came to destroy our party. We all worked as a united family to install him as governor in spite of all odds. But the moment he got there, he started politics of segregation and divide and rule tactics which he thought he could use to whip everybody back in line; particularly, he was against anything Aregbesola.
“How on earth can you be a Chief of Staff to a sitting governor for good eight years and pretended to him to be what you were not. I have never met that kind of person in my life, and I am not a young man.
“He was not yet sworn in when he started the segregation, politics of hatred. Anybody that have anything to do with the immediate past governor of the state, Aregbesola; automatically, you become one of the members in his black book.”
The factional chairman stated they had met with some chieftains, including Bisi Akande and Bola Tinubu.
He said: “How can the leader of a house behave that way and you think that house will be peaceful? We said it severally without mincing words so that those who have ears would hear. We went to our leaders starting with Baba Akande to the national chairman of the APC. Asiwaju (Bola Tinubu) sent one Alhaji Masari from Katsina state to us; he was the place holder for the APC presidential candidate.
“He said our resolutions should be written down that he would come back the following day to collect it, saying Asiwaju gave him that assignment. Up till today, we have not seen him. He never came back. Three times, Oyetola sent words to me saying if he calls me will I pick his call? If he invites me, will I honour the invitation? And I said he was still my governor and that I owe him a lot of respect.
“Every time, he will always disappoint. He later said the matter was beyond his power. In whose power was it then? That means there is somebody somewhere remote-controlling him. This result was expected.”
The APC’s factional publicity secretary in Osun State, Abiodun Agboola, also blamed internal disputes for the party’s defeat in the governorship election.
He said: “The election has come and gone and winner has emerged. I believe the people have spoken and from the result our party lost. No organisation can go into an election with division without suffering a humiliating defeat the progressives suffered in Osun on Saturday.
“Part of our problem is the internal wrangling and we clamoured that the party should intervene to resolve the crisis before the election. What led to the internal wrangling is exclusion and when you exclude some people from participating, that is the kind of result you will get.
“I hope the party will learn from this and set things straight because we are still going for the presidential election in 2023 and that is some few months away.”
This article was originally published on Naija News