EXCLUSIVE: Untold story of Aregbesola’s outbursts against Tinubu, Akande, Oyetola in Osun [VIDEO]

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Former governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola on Monday shook Nigeria’s political space to its foundation when he took a deliberate and open swipe at his age long benefactor and leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The minister in a now viral video while addressing a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ijebu Ijesa, Osun State ahead of the governorship primary slated for Saturday, descended heavily on his erstwhile mentor accusing him of equating himself with God. Aregbesola did not however stop his verbal whippings at Tinubu’s doorstep. He took it further to his successor, Gboyega Oyetola (rumoured to be Tinubu’s relation) and a former governor of the state and interim chairman of the APC, Bisi Akande.

His words were deliberately coined to send warning signals to the appropriate quarters of a possible political war especially as the state and indeed the nation at large prepare for the governorship and general elections respectively.

Although the minister used veiled references to Tinubu in the 21 minutes, 12 seconds video, however, a meticulous analysis of his words (spoken entirely in Yoruba Language) by Wazobiapolitics.com showed all is not well with their relationship particularly in regards to Osun State politics.

Excerpts from Aregbesola’s speech below after transcription:

“I’m happy that we sent for you all and you honoured our invitation. Those we specifically asked to be invited here are party leaders from the ward level to the state. They are the critical stakeholders and I’m certain they are the ones here.

“Although some, who are not with us would be here also – the informants to the other camps. But we’re no longer afraid of no one at this stage except God. You’re at liberty to listen to whatever we say here and go share with them over there. And I’m happy you’re here.

“However, if we have to throw the cards open and start all over again, this party is ours. Let me repeat myself for clarity: this is the core Afenifere – a progressive group, that genuinely loves the people, the society and also loves itself. I’m not talking about cosmestised good. This is Awolowo’s group; it is Bola Ige’s group. It is also Baba Akande’s group, before he partly left us.

“We joined you in this same group in 2004; the group we laboured in pain and anguish to put together from 2004 to 2010, November 26, before court gave us victory. This is the same group. Therefore, stop calling yourselves a faction; you are the main APC. Let me put it more succinctly, if our great leaders, who had passed on, had the opportunity of returning to this life, it is this same party they would join. They would not join a party that is not theirs.

“It would be almost impossible for Bola Ige to return to this same life and refuse to be part of this party. It would be very difficult. It would be impossible for Papa Awolowo too to come back to life and elect to join another party in Osun other than ours. It would be difficult. And those of us who are still living are also here in this same party.

“There’s no latter-day member here. Everyone here started with us from day one. Even if some had left at some point, we knew why they left. There’s no one here, who did not suffer with us. That’s the summary of my submission; that they have returned to where they’ve always belonged, and to also return the party to where it should be, because we had hitherto followed the instructions of our leader, whom we thought was true to type.

“We followed and served this leader with all our might. In fact, our loyalty to him had caused some people to start wondering if we were no longer Muslims. But we were with him and served him according to the admonition of our forefathers, who said when serving anyone, we should do so with sincerity and loyalty; that if you regard anyone as your principal, you must serve him wholeheartedly.

“Sadly, we didn’t know that while we wished him well, he didn’t think good of us. However, because we placed him higher than where he ordinarily should be, he started to think he is our god. Unfortunately, for him, we had sworn to God that whoever compares himself to him, we’d beg Him to bring down such a fellow.

“God says he does not have a rival, and if you heard what I said in Arabic, God said, ‘He is God and he didn’t have to start procreating before He’ll assume His place as God; that only humans procreate. You are the ones, who attach importance to procreation.

“As God, He doesn’t need a child to dwell in his glory. He does not need any family member or younger siblings to regale in His majesty. That He does not even need a group to be who He is. That He is God and that’s who He is. So, whoever puts himself in place of God, well, let him be his own god.

“With suffering, pains and perseverance, we nurtured this party to the stage it is – with sweat, tears, blood and even lost lives. It is by God’s grace that someone like me didn’t pay the supreme price too. May those who lost their lives to the struggle find peace with the Lord. (He mentioned names of some of those who died). As tough as it was, we did not seek revenge.

“We took over government on November 27, 2010 and by 28th, we announced that whoever sought revenge would be struck down by God. We only handed over to God, those who made us suffer. After we served for eight years, it wasn’t only party members that benefitted from our administration, the entire state did. I went everywhere in Osun with projects.

“However, by the time my successor was handed over to me around May or July 2018, I was told, ‘Rauf, this is the ideal successor that would stand by you. He would further showcase your efforts. He would not betray you; he would not dim the light of your glory’. That was what the person, who handed him over to me said. If the person is listening to me, it would resonate with him, if he said so or not.

“But, did he do as he was vouched for? And when he reneged on these promises, did the person, who handed him over to me draw his attention to these failings? Anyway, isn’t the person the one we now see today?

“Meanwhile, we are here at this station on three grounds and if we go about it honestly, we’d never regret this. First is, God detests hypocrisy. That He is above all things, but hypocrisy, he’d never go close to. However, our prophet, Mohammed (SWA), said: ‘Assist the hypocrite and the victim of hypocrisy.

“But when asked to clarify the logic behind such a statement, he answered and said, ‘Listen, it is possible for a hypocrite not to know he is one. However, those of you around should endeavour to join forces with the victim of hypocrisy to prevail over the hypocrite and that way, you would have assisted the hypocrite to change his ways. That’s the first reason we are here and once we can do that, we’d be good to go and they would be the loser. It’s God’s commandment.

“Second, we are the ones looking after the people in every way possible. However, those we put into position of authority to drive the project of caring for the people, have since abdicated this responsibility and we would never share space with such fellows. God says whoever is against the needy is His enemy. To that extent, we have to move away from these people, because we can’t because of our association with them offend God. If we stick to this, we’d prevail.

The third reason is, the things we did that the people wanted, which unfortunately, this man has turned away from and which formed the pride of our government, and which has been the thrust of our party since the days of Awolowo, we would not sit by and watch a fellow, who had no clue about this task, to destroy our efforts.

“We will never assist such a fellow. In a worst case scenario, we’d move away from them. Interestingly, in every group, everyone has a right to their choices. But in making those choices, you must be sure a majority of the members align with you.

“It is possible some share your ideals and it’s also possible some do not. This happened in Lagos recently. There was a governor, who wanted to seek re-election and the party declined and showed him the way out with their votes. So, the same way it was in Lagos then, is exactly the way it is in Osun today. What is good for the goose, is also good for the gander. It cannot be the turn of your younger brother now and you change the rules.”

Meanwhile, the man at the centre of the attacks, Bola Tinubu is vigorously pursuing his ‘lifelong ambition’ of becoming Nigeria’s president in 2023 when President Muhammadu Buhari must have completed his tenure and as such kept his cool.

 

Aregbesola made several reconciliatory moves with Tinubu – Sources

Findings by Wazobiapolitics.com revealed that Aregesola’s revolt against Tinubu did not come without its warnings, signs and neglected reconciliation moves.

A high ranking member of ‘The Osun Progressives’ (TOP), Aregbesola’s faction of the APC in Osun State who spoke on condition of anonymity with Wazobiapolitics.com on Thursday said his boss made several attempts at closing the widening gap with Tinubu but the former Lagos governor and his team ignored.

‘People have said all sorts since a video of Ogbeni (Aregbesola) addressing TOP members and other stakeholders in Ijebu-Ijesha on Monday surfaced online but no one is asking why? Do you think Ogbeni will just wake up one day and start saying what he said? We have for long noticed a deliberate attempt to pull down Ogbeni’s structures and legacies both in Lagos and Osun and have made frantic efforts at reaching those concerned but our efforts were consistently blocked. Ogbeni himself had earlier reached out to the Osun State Government to address some of these issues but was not given any form of attention. He (Ogbeni) was pushed to the wall. He has been loyal from day one of this struggle and any truth minded individual following the developments from the Lagos days to the struggle for the stolen mandate in Osun will bear us witness. What he said is nothing but the truth and we stand by him including his choice of a governorship aspirant in the forthcoming poll”.

 

God, Osun people will determine Oyetola’s fate not Aregbesola – Governor’s aides

Chief Press Secretary to the governor Ismail Omipidan said Aregbesola is not God and therefore, cannot determine the fate of his principal, Oyetola.

He told reporters in Ila: “From 2011 when Governor Oyetola was appointed chief of staff to Aregbesola in 2018, against all odds, he emerged, first as the candidate of APC, and later, governor of the state, at a time when many thought it was all over for him, it was obvious that he was on a divine political course.

“My principal has absolute faith in God and the people of Osun. In these last three years plus, the people can tell the difference in terms of responsible and responsive governance and politics.

“Before we came in, Osun West was literally neglected in terms of infrastructure. But since we came in, we have done roads that had been abandoned for close to 20 years in that district. This, perhaps, explains why leaders and critical stakeholders from the area are already appealing to themselves to allow Oyetola take another shot at the governorship for the second term.

“Just about a week ago, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, urged the people of the town to vote for Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.

“Oluwo, who advised his subjects not to waste their resources and energy working against the re-election bid of the governor, said only those who are not interested in the growth and development of the town and Osun State would want to run against Oyetola.

“The royal father said by the special Grace of God and the support of the people, Oyetola will be re-elected to consolidate the achievements he has so far recorded. Now, Aregbesola’s anointed candidate is from Iwo. So you be the judge.

“As the 2022 contest draws closer, like the saying goes, there is no point comparing the sun with the moon, both shine when it is their time. For now, it’s Oyetola’s sun that is shining by the permission and Grace of God and the power of the people of Osun. And as the majority are already saying, this sun will shine beyond 2022.

“Therefore, it is God and Osun people that will determine Oyetola’s fate, not an individual trying to play God.”

Also speaking, Special Adviser to Governor Oyetola on Political Matters, Sunday Akere  during the endorsement by APC members in Ila Federal Constituency, said: “There is no truth in the claim that Aregbesola wanted to be assassinated. What they are trying to do is to cause crisis in the state, probably for them to get sympathy and to make the Federal Government declare a state of emergency.

“Aregbesola came to town to terrorise residents of the state. It is the game plan of Aregbesola which we all know. We know his orientation, thinking and plans in the state. We can’t be surprised by his actions. What he is trying to do is to intimidate voters ahead of the primary election of APC in Osun.

“We want the Presidency to call him to order. Aregbesola is no more representing the interest of Osun, but his own interest. Most of his aides as a minister are not from Osun State. He will never succeed with his personal agendas in Osun State.

 

Asiwaju does not fight his disciples – Tinubu’s loyalists 

Loyalists of the former Lagos governor have explained why he (Tinubu) is unperturbed by Aregbesola’s outbursts. They noted that it was never in Tinubu’s character to fight back at those who tapped from his rich political knowledge and magnanimity.

They averred that when the dust settles, Aregbesola like several others of Tinubu’s comrades who have once castigated him in public will trace their steps back home and he (Tinubu) will gladly receive him back to the fold.

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