Immediate past governor of Osun state and Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola have disgreed with the Prince Gboyega Famodun, Osun All Progressives Congress Caretaker Chairman over management of party affairs.
The Osun Progressives (TOP) in a statement issued by its Chairman, Elder Adelowo Adebiyi, who is also a former Chairman of ACN in Osun stated that Aregbesola declared support for the group’s effort at redirecting the party to succeed and get the support of the masses while playing host to members of the group at his Lagos residence.
Aregbesola said that the group’s move towards repositioning the party’s internal democracy, effective and efficient party management, remobilisation, reconciliation and networking the party for development is a good move everyone should support.
He added that he is ready to work with anyone, so as to ensure that APC did not end up like AD did in its time. He alao accepted to be a member of the Board of Trustee alongside Former House of Representative Deputy Speaker, Hon. Lasun Yusuf, Moshood Adeoti, former Speaker, Najeem Salaam, among others.
“Your objectives are noble, selfless and timely for the survival of our party. It is worth the support of a genuine progressive politician. Count me in, I will support your efforts”, he said.
Aregbesola recalled the terrible state of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in 2003 and how difficult it was to bring it back to life before it could win an election in 2007, adding that this is not an experience that should ever happen again, not even to APC, a party that succeeded AD.
While reacting, the Caretaker Chairman of Osun APC, Prince Gboyega Famodun said that power to run party affairs does not belong to any group that the constitution of the party does not recognize and that if the group should channel any idea that could be of benefit to the party through the appropriate methods.
“The Constitution of the party doesn’t recognise any splinter group within the entity called APC in this country. The man that signed the statement is a leader of the party, there is no role for the former acting chairman in the management of the party. As a leader of the party if you believe in a course there are organs of the party through which such grievances could be channelled, but when you go outside all those structures or you don’t believe in those structures again then don’t consider yourself as a member of the party anymore. You can not rebel against a constituted authority within the party”, he said.
In a related development, Lasun Yussuff, former House of Representatives Deputy Speaker in a statement by his aide, Professor Aderemi Ajala denied any link to being a member of BoT of the group, saying that he doesn’t belong to the same political bloc with Aregbesola.
The statement reads, “It was a rude shock to read a via social media report that came out on Saturday 15th of May 2021, that Rt. Hon. Lasun Yussuff who is a former Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives is a member of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of a newly formed factional group in Osun All Progressives Congress (APC) known as The Osun Progressives (TOP), where Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the former Governor of Osun state and presently the Minister of Interior, is the chairman of the group’s BOT.
“While distancing Rt. Hon. Lasun Yussuff from TOP, it is noted that over the years since Lasun was elected as the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives till present, virtually all the members of TOP including the ex-Governor Rauf Aregbesola have politically dissociated from him”.