- Rauf Aregbesola failed to attend the All Progressives Congress meeting held at Chief Bisi Akande's country home
- The meeting was designed by the Osun APC Elders’ Caucus to unite party members ahead of 2023 general elections
- It is believed that many party members were aggrieved as a result of the 2018 Osun APC governorship primary
Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, was noticeably absent at a meeting held at the Ila country home of the ex-Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande, to discuss party unity.
The gathering was a meeting of the Osun APC Elders’ Caucus designed to unite party members.
It was gathered that when one of the conveners of the meeting raised the issue Aregbesola’s absence, one of the conveners of the meeting, reportedly explained that the ex-governor was duly invited.
Although the meeting was held behind closed doors, it was learnt that the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuf, said many party members were aggrieved as a result of the 2018 Osun APC Governorship primary. He appealed to the elder statesman to assist in reconciliatory efforts before the next cycle of elections.
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Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Akande, said the elders met regularly to discuss party issues, until the advent of COVID-19 last year.
He said, “the meeting had always existed, but because of COVID-19, the meeting had not been held for a very long time. It is the beginning of elders’ activities to move the party forward in Osun.
“We are doing all our best to resolve every crisis. I can assure you that there will be no crisis within our party before the election. We come from different constituencies in Osun and we are going back to let our people know we have started to be more active than before.”
Why Governor Oyetola deserves a second term - Akeredolu reveals
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu has revealed why his Osun state counterpart, Adegboyega Oyetola should be re-elected for another term.
Akeredolu on Thursday, September 23, said that Osun would gain more from Oyetola if he is elected for another four years in office.
The governor who made the disclosure while speaking on the sidelines of the 30th anniversary of the creation of Osun explained that the state government under Oyetola's leadership is doing very well
“I believe this state will turn around totally because the state is in very good hands now and as you can see, change is what is happening in the state. So, I am sure that with this foundation and giving the governor another four years after this four years, the state will stand to gain a lot from him.”
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I have no personal issue with my predecessor Aregbesola - Oyetola
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that amid speculations on the alleged rift with his predecessor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the governor of Osun state finally set the record straight.
It was reported that Oyetola said he has no problem with Aregbesola, who is now the minister of interior, except on the issue of governance.
The governor said this while reacting to reports of a rift between him and the minister, who he served as chief of staff for eight years when he was governor.