Osun poll: What Aregbesola thinks of Oyetola’s defeat


The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, on Sunday, reacted to the Osun State governorship election with a bible verse.

The former Osun State Governor reacted to the election in a post titled, ‘Osun Le Tente’ (Osun excelled), which was later deleted.

The post was shared on his social media pages around 08 am.

He posted a bible verse, Daniel 4:17, exalting God’s power to place control in the hands of whoever He wishes.

“This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.” – (Daniel 4:17),” the minister posted.

The former Osun State governor, who boycotted the election, had remained silent on development in Osun State after his outburst against the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress and his political boss, Bola Tinubu, in February 2022.

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday morning had declared Ademola Adeleke the Governor-Elect of Osun State after scoring a majority of votes cast in the governorship election in the state.

Aregbesola had also publicly moved against the second-term ambition of Governor Oyetola.

Instead, Aregbesola endorsed the former Secretary to the State Government, Moshood Adeoti, who later lost to Oyetola at the APC governorship primary election held on February 19, 2022.

In the outburst ahead of the party’s governorship primary election in the state, Aregbesola said that enough is enough for the politics of godfatherism and enthronement by treacherous leaders who equated themselves to the status of a god.

The minister had said he trusted Tinubu, but the ex-governor of Lagos State repaid him with betrayal.

Aregbesola, who was the Governor of Osun State from 2010 to 2018, also accused Tinubu and ex-governor of Osun State, Bisi Akande, of forcing the current governor of the state, Gboyega Oyetola, on the people, against popular will.

Though Aregbesola made moves to reconcile with his political boss Tinubu, the efforts yielded no result.

A few hours before the governorship election, a faction of the APC led by the minister, The Osun Progressives, released a statement noting that despite the feud, its members would remain in APC.

This was after a stalwart of the APC and one of the closest loyalists to Aregbesola and a TOP mobiliser, Kolapo Alimi, defected to the PDP.
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