Group Berates Basiru over Comments on Aregbesola

by Adabanija Kamorudeen

The Osun Democrats for Democracy (ODD) have reacted to the statement made by the National Secretary of APC, Senator Ajibola that omitted Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s name from the names of former governors in the Osun APC because he has never “participated” in any election since 2022.

In a press statement on Saturday signed by the group’s chairman, Alhaji Abdulmarauf Odunlade described the statement from the National Secretary as an embarrassment to Osun people who voted Rauf Aregbesola twice as the governor of Osun State under the APC governor.

He further mentioned that Basiru should not join the vindictivity considering his current office and the importance of a vote in winning an election.

“Senator Ajibola Basiru owes Osun people an apology, particularly the 394,684 voters who voted for Rauf Aregbesola in the 2014 election under APC for his statement that As of today, there are two former governors in our party, Baba Bisi Akande and Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola.”

“Basiru served under Aregbesola as Honourable Commissioner of Regional Integration and Special Duties during his first term. Later, in the second term, he was appointed as the Honourable Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice for the state. So he should at least have some respect for the former governor.”

“His reason for omitting Aregbesola is myopic because this same Basiru was everywhere in the media criticising and insulting Aregbesola prior to the 2022 general election that sent APC packing from Bola Ige House. He was also quick to point accusing fingers at Rauf for their defeat in the 2022 election.”

“As a National Secretary of APC, Basiru should be concerned about uniting APC and not uttering desultory statements. Aregbesola recently launched a group called ‘Omoluabi Caucus’, a group he created to protect the interest of his loyalists from the vindictive action in Osun APC. Also, his absence from election is the fault of the Osun APC leaders who neglected the Aregbesola’s faction and focused on only the Ilerioluwa faction.”

“Osun Democrats for Democracy(ODD)demands a public from Ajibola Basiru for his adrift statement about Aregbesola and also for disrespecting Osun people, particularly the APC apologists in the state,” he emphasized.

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