Osun 2022: Aregbesola’s Group Sends Strong Message After Losing to Oyetola
- A faction of the APC in Osun state loyal to Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has said its members won’t hastily dump the party
- The group made the disclosure after Governor Adegboyega Oyetola defeated its candidate, former SSG, Moshood Adeoti at the governorship primary
- The state secretary of the faction, Lani Baderinwa, on Sunday, February 20, said the group had predicted all that played out during the primary
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Following the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun state, a faction loyal to the minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has sent an important message to the party.
The group on Sunday, February 20, said despite the alleged manipulation of the exercise, its members will remain in the ruling party, The Punch reports.
Recall that Governor Adegboyega Oyetola won the governorship primary of the ruling party ahead of the July 16 poll.
Osun 2022: Former minister hails Oyetola on APC primary victory, sends powerful message to party’s leaders
Oyetola polled 221,169 votes to defeat Moshood Adeoti, a former Secretary to the Government of the State (SSG), and Lasun Yusuff, a former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives.
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Lani Baderinwa, the state secretary of the faction, speaking to the news publication said the group had predicted all that played out during the primary.
According to Baderinwa, the faction had expressed concern over the non-availability of the party register that was used for the congress a few hours to the primary.
“We had predicted what happened yesterday (Saturday). We knew that was going to happen. But the good thing is that we were able to stand up and be counted despite the fact that we saw a lot of underhand things done to undermine our coming to voting centres."
In another report by The Cable, the faction led byAregbesola alleged “widespread irregularities” during the party’s governorship primary election on Saturday, February 19.
The faction described the election as a fraudulent process to favour Oyetola. The spokesperson of the Aregbesola faction, Abiodun Agboola said it got verified information” that “there is no record and result sheets in any of the 332 wards of the state.
In a statement issued on Saturday, Agboola further alleged that “the figure declared for Oyetola was highly inflated in the affected wards”. The group condemned the exercise calling it a sham.
Aregbesola loses ward to Governor Oyetola
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Aregbesola lost his Ward 8, Ifofin, Ilesha East to Governor Adegboyega Oyetola at the primary election of the APC.
Not only did the minister lose, but he was also absent to vote at the ward during the exercise.
The leader of loyalists of Aregbesola at Ward 8, Ifofin, Ilesha East, Saheed Adegoke confirmed to journalists that the minister was not around to vote.
Aregbesola sends message to supporters
Meanwhile, before the declaration of the official result, Aregbesola on Saturday night, February 19, had asked his supporters not to be downcast or resort to violence over the outcome of the Osun governorship primary.
In a statement by his media’s aide, Sola Fasure, Aregbesola claimed results of the governorship primary were “farcically counted in favour of the Governor.”
"I will urge you to maintain your cool and calm. Be not downcast, be not agitated. Hold your head high."