Aregbesola, Oyinlola May Clash Over Governorship Candidate
The battle line seems to have been drawn between the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola and his predecessor Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
The bone of contention is over the choice of who succeeds Aregbesola as the preparations for the governorship election in the state begin to gather momentum.
Oyinlola, on Friday, tasked the people of the Osun West Senatorial District to search for a young and educated candidate with the capacity to lead the state after the expiration of Aregbesola’s tenure in November.
But it is believed in many quarters that Aregbesola is backing his Chief of Staff, Gboyega Oyetola, who is from Iragbiji in Osun Central Senatorial District to succeed him in the election scheduled to hold in September.
Speaking in Ede at the 10th coronation anniversary lecture of the Timi of Ede, Oba Adesola Lawal, Oyinlola said he was ready to support whoever the people of Osun West would present as their governorship candidate.
Oyinlola, who has publicly identified with the coalition proposed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, explained that Osun West had only ruled the state for 22 months out of the 27 years of existence of Osun State.
However, the Media Adviser to the Governor, said Aregbesola had nobody in mind but that the governor would support anybody the party leaders brought forward as the consensus candidate.
He said, “The leadership of the party is holding a series of meetings on the matter and the governor says it is the candidate that the leadership of the party agrees on that he will support.”
Asked if the All Progressives Congress would go through primary to pick its governorship candidate, the governor’s spokesperson said the party would resort to this if the consensus arrangement failed.
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