Gboyega Oyetola, Governor of Osun State, has said Rauf Aregbesola, his immediate predecessor, “remains his brother” and counts on him to support his administration in delivering the dividends of democracy to the Osun people.
Governor Oyetola said this on Saturday while featuring on a live radio interview as part of the activities to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the creation of Osun State, according to a statement issued by Ismail Omipidan, his Chief Press Secretary.
The comments come amid speculations that the two politicians have fallen out, with Aregbesola, the current Minister of Interior, reportedly hatching plans to foil the possible re-election of his successor.
According to the current governor, members of The Osun Progressives, a factional group within the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, who claim to be Aregbesola’s loyalists, are not speaking the mind of his predecessor.
He stated that he worked for the success of Aregbesola’s eight-year reign in his position as Chief of Staff and would, therefore, expect his predecessor to also work for his success.
“Well, those people – I’m not too sure about the people that have been saying that they are saying his (Aregbesola’s mind). I believe he (Aregbesola) is my brother and I believe at any point in time, he wants my success because I worked very hard for eight years for his own success as well,” the statement quoted Governor Oyetola as saying.
“If people are saying that (that they won’t support me) I’m not too sure they are telling the story from his (Aregbesola’s) own heart. He remains my brother. They are not speaking his mind. Like I said, I don’t see why he would not be willing to support me if the people say they want me.
“Talking about issue of second term, my attitude is to deliver on what I am currently doing. I don’t want to be distracted. It is service to the people. If the people believe that they want me to continue, so be it. It is not a desperate situation.”