Following interventions by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and other leaders of the party, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior, and his loyalists have canceled plans to celebrate 10 years of progressive governance in Osun State scheduled for Friday.
The event was set to clash with the second anniversary of Governor Gboyega Oyetola, Aregbesola’s successor and has also pitched their supporters against one another and has also polarised the APC in the state.
The APC caucus of the National Assembly members in a statement issued by Mr. Remi Ibitola, Senior Adviser on Media to Senator Basiru Ajibola representing Osun Central federal constituency in the National Assembly, said they decided to cancel the lecture following interventions at the national level.
The APC caucus which stated that the lecture was organised by them and not Aregbesola as believed in some quarters, said, “Although the legislators viewed their contribution from a broader perspective, hoping to make it an epoch-making occasion to boost the morale of their members and the progressives family in the state, the effort was misinterpreted and misconstrued to be an affront to the governor.”
It stressed also that, “The legislators have earlier agreed to the topic of the lecture as ‘Ten Years of Uninterrupted Progressive Government in Osun’ and it was a form of social awareness and sensitisation of the good people of Osun to know and appreciate the concepts and benefits of the state’s administration under our progressive party.
“But unknown to the lawmakers, their innocent contribution was not well received in some circles where the legislators’ efforts were seen as disruptive to the activities marking the two years of the governor in office.
“This has generated a lot of undercurrents of misgivings which contributed in sponsorship of stories in the newspapers, alleging that the legislators may be planning to cause civil unrest.