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Clash of Titans as Aregbesola set to battle Oyetola in Osun APC Primary election

A palpable tension palpitates as Osun Primary election set to take place, when  Minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola appointee, Moshood Adeoti and state Governor, Gboyega Oyetola battle for the ticket of the All Progressive Congress primary election

Oyetola who  was the chief of staff to Aregbesola when the latter served as governor of the state for eight years.

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However, the relationship between the governor and the minister has deteriorated in recent years, and manifest to a war of words, and perceived assassination attempt by the two leaders of the state.

Aregbesola has vowed that the incumbent would not be allowed to serve another term.

Also in the race is a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuf.

On Friday, a convoy of about 30 trucks of combined security team comprising soldiers, police, men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Road Safety Corps and operatives of the Department of State Services moved around major areas in Osogbo, the state capital in a show of force.

Aregbesola who had been accused of empowering thugs, and disrupting the peace of Osun state, Osun state Police command also accused Aregbesola of parading thugs who shoot unprovoked 

Aregbesola on the other hand, had alleged an assassination attempt by loyalists to the state Governor, an allegation the Governor had denied

While the NSCDC, Osun Command, said operatives of the agencies in the convoy of the minister shot into the air when his convoy came under attack, the police in a statement by the Osun command’s spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, insisted that security men attached to the minister shot without provocation.

The shooting incident also led to a protest by members of the National Association of Osun State Students at the NSCDC command headquarters, as the students accused the operatives of being used as political tools by the former governor.

Supporters of Aregbesola, led by the factional APC chairman, Rasaq Salinsile, had also protested at the police headquarters in the state demanding the removal of the commissioner of police, Wale Olokode.

 Aregbesola who accused  Oyetola of waging war against him since he was elected governor.

He had said, “I begged him (Oyetola) for two years. I told him that people must not mock us.  I told him that he was heading towards destruction. I served this state with the whole of my heart. I also positioned Oyetola so that he could succeed me in office.

“When we came to this town (Ikire) for his campaign, we were drenched in rain from Akire’s palace to this place. He got to the office and claimed I am his enemy. Those who contested against him during our party primary he pulled them closer, while he fights me.

“Since Oyetola assumed office, he has been waging war against me as if I once harmed him. He claimed that I did not want him to emerge as governor. I told him that I heard him and that now he has been governor, what else does he want?

“I begged him for two years. I told him that people must not mock us. I told him that he is heading towards destruction. I begged him for two years. I sent people to help me beg him that he should not love me but he must not fight me, even if he wanted to fight me, he should not abuse me or destroy my legacies.

“All that I warned him not to do were what he did. He opposed what I did, all the things I did together with him for eight years, he opposed and reversed them. He thought he can destroy me through my work; nobody was pushing him, he is the one pushing himself.

“When I observed that he would not listen, I called people together that they should start telling people that progressives family must not be destroyed.

“When Adeoti was angry with us, he did not abuse us. When we refused to do his will, he protested but he never cursed us. We have realised our mistake. That is why we gave him the ticket of our caucus.”

Aregbesola in a dramatic outburst, has accused Tinubu of Double standard, saying he is shielding his younger brother (Oyetola), while knocking Tinubu with a visible insult 

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