‘He turned himself into a god’ — Rauf Aregbesola blames Tinubu for Osun APC crisis

     Rauf Aregbesola
    Rauf Aregbesola


    Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior, has taken a shot at Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos state.

    Speaking in Oriade LGA of Osun on Monday, Aregbesola said Tinubu was exalted “beyond his status and he turned himself to a god over us”.

    The relationship between Tinubu and Aregbesola, his long-time ally, has been frosty for a while now.

    In 2020, The Mandate Group and the Justice Forum, the two most powerful groups of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos were dissolved. The dissolution of the two groups came after Aregbesola reorganised the Mandate Group without the endorsement of Tinubu.

    Also the party’s national caretaker committee led by Mai Mala Buni, Yobe governor, only recognises the faction of Gboyega Oyetola, Osun governor.

    Aregbesola did not visit the former governor in London when he went for treatment.

    The minister who is backing Moshood Adeoti, a former Osun secretary to the state government (SSG), said “only God can terrify us, not man”.

    “We came back home to reposition our party to where it was meant to be because we followed the lead of our leader that we thought was a noble and reliable fellow. We followed him (Tinubu) dutifully with all sense of loyalty,” The Punch quoted him as saying.

    “Some people even thought that we were no longer Muslims because of how we cooperated with him. We dealt with him without treachery but we never knew he planned evil for us.

    “We exalted him beyond his status and he turned himself to a god over us and we had sworn to ridicule anyone who compared himself to God.

    “When he (Tinubu) handed over the present governor to me around July of 2018, he (Tinubu) declared that he (Oyetola) will succeed me and continue my good works. That was what he told me. He knows he has not done so if he is listening now and he has failed to call my successor to order.”

    Aregbesola said his successor will be ousted from office for failing to stick to the plan that will make Osun prosperous.

    “That was how it was in Lagos at a time; a governor derailed and the party members unseated him using the ballot boxes. As it was in Lagos yesterday, so shall it be in Osun today,” he said.

    “What is good for the goose is also good for the gander.”

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