Following the confession of the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, of being the brain behind the copious anti-party activities of a pressure group, The Osun Progressives (TOP) under the Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress(APC) yesterday at an event in Ilesa, Osun State, the state Chairman-elect of the party, Prince Gboyega Famodun, took the minister the former governor to the cleaners,, saying that his conduct fell far below the expectation of the right-thinking members of the society.
Famodun in a statement he personally signed, in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, yesterday stated that it was unfortunate that Aregbesola who was the immediate-past governor of the state could champion subversive activities against the same political party that has transformed his life from that of obscurity to limelight through prestigious offices as a Commissioner in Lagos State, two-term governor of Osun State and a serving minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
It would be recalled that Aregbesola, at a public function in Ilesa yesterday, disclosed that he wholeheartedly identified with the activities and inactivities of the rebellious TOP which has constituted itself into an opposition within the Osun APC.
The intra-APC opposition group, called TOP, which meets every Thursday in the Campaign Office of the Interior Minister in Osogbo has become a venue where barrage of insults are heaped on the person of Governor Gboyega Oyetola, the state leadership of the APC and the state government by the leadership of the said TOP.
This disgruntled set of the APC members are peopled by members of the cabinet of Aregbesola during his two terms of the governor of the state who are now protesting their not being appointed by Governor Oyetola for the third term.
Famodun told Aregbesola point blank to perish the thought and notion of being the Alpha and Omega of Osun State progressive politics, reminding him that he is only grandstanding in the glory of the past.
In the Osun State APC State Chairman’s words:. “Osun APC is too strong for Aregbesola to break.
“His recent statement in Ilesa reduces his status as a former governor and as a serving minister of a party he claimed to belong.
“Aregbesola is an arrogant, selfish, self-centered, reckless, wicked and inconsiderate politician who wants the whole world to be his possession.
“It is not an overstatement to categorise Aregbesola as someone who prefers to rule in hell than to serve in paradise.
“Aregbesola should be told that there is no amount of intrigues by him that is capable of bungling the second term ambition of Governor Oyetola as it has divine guidance and pathfinder which makes him(the governor) unstoppable by any mortal”,