The Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, says members of ‘The Osun Progressives,’ a factional group within the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, are not speaking the mind of his predecessor and Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, regarding his reelection.
Oyetola, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, on Saturday, said having worked for the success of Aregbesola’s eight-year reign, there was no reason Aregbosola would not support his reelection bid.
According to Omipidan’s statement, Oyetola spoke at the weekend while featuring on a live radio interview as part of the activities to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the creation of Osun State.
The governor was answering a question on the activities of some chieftains of TOP, who are claiming to be Aregbesola’s loyalists.
He said, “Well, those people – I’m not too sure about the people that have been saying that they are saying his (Aregbesola’s mind). I believe he (Aregbesola) is my brother and I believe at any point in time, he wants my success because I worked very hard for eight years for his own success as well.
“If people are saying that (that they won’t support me) I’m not too sure they are telling the story from his (Aregbesola’s) own heart. He remains my brother. They are not speaking his mind. Like I said, I don’t see why he would not be willing to support me if the people say they want me.
“Talking about issue of second term, my attitude is to deliver on what I am currently doing. I don’t want to be distracted. It is service to the people. If the people believe that they want me to continue, so be it. It is not a desperate situation.”
Meanwhile, the wife of Osun State governor, Mrs Kafayat Oyetola, has implored tertiary institutions of learning in the country to be involved in the campaign against gender-based violence.
Mrs Oyetola, who spoke at the inauguration of the Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, declared that the state government had stepped up its legal framework for the elimination of all forms of sexual harassment and gender-based violence.
Speaking further in a statement by Olubunmi Badiora of Osun State Ministry of Information and Civic Orientation, she said, “The challenges of gender inequity has been with the society since ages and draped with all forms of practices that perpetuate and sustain gender inequity.
“The practices tend to foster in boys the unsubstantiated idea that being male confers superiority over the girls and many men grow up with this idea which get infused into society.”
The OAU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Eyitope Ogunbodede, said the varsity Senate had approved the revised Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy since April 2020.