Osun poll: APC probes Aregbesola, heads for tribunal

Osun State Politics

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun State has raised a panel to probe anti-party allegations against the Internal Affairs minister and the immediate former governor of the state, Rauf Aregbesola and his loyalists.

Disclosing this at a press conference at the state party secretariat in Osogbo, the state capital, on Thursday, he said: “Party’s constitution allows punishment for any erring member. As it is, there is room for discipline in the party constitution, but it must be legally followed.

“We have set up machinery to investigate the activities of these individuals in their wards. We will get reports from the ward chairmen as how they have been behaving in their wards in the past few years.

“We have told the ward chairmen to write reports on all of them (Aregbesola’s loyalists). The party constitution will be used to deal with them.”

Decrying the suspected anti-party activities of an APC faction in the state “The Osun Progressive (TOP),” he alleged that the faction, headed by Aregbesola, worked for the opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to deny the APC victory at the election.

He said: “The recent protest by the group, calling for his removal as the party’s chairman and the restructuring of the party, after they openly supported the PDP candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, during the governorship election was shameful and wicked.

“Our position is that the protest was shameful, callous, primitive, selfish, wicked, misplaced and
inconsiderate for the Aregbesola supporters, who glaringly worked against the success of Gov. Oyetola at the polls, to now be canvassing restructuring of the party through a sponsored protest.

“Assuming without conceding that there are challenges within the party, the protesters and their patron should know that they lack moral right to either suggest or effect any likely solution for the restructuring of our party, as it is on record that they massively and collectively worked against Oyetola.

“Since members of the factional group (TOP) people, had done their worst by working assiduously and conscientiously by teaming up with the PDP for the success of Adeleke, which is the highest level of an anti-party activity that can be committed by any politician, it will be a needless venture to enter into any pact with the group that is bereft of honour.”

Also, Famodun, said that the defeat suffered by the candidate of the party, the incumbent Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, in the election won by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, is temporary.

The APC chairman said: “The current defeat is a temporary setback for the party. We are going to the tribunal. Our lawyers have told us that we have a good case.”

Insisting that the party would challenge the results of the July 16 Osun governorship election at the election petition tribunal, Famodun said that the decision followed assurances by the party lawyers who said that there were good grounds to challenge the results after they had studied them.

“We are going to the tribunal. Our lawyers had informed us that we have good reasons to challenge the results of the election at the tribunal,” he said.

Highlights of the briefing included the passing of a Voters of Confidence on Gov. Gboyega Oyetola and Famodun by the state executive of the party.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on July 17, declared Senator Ademola Adeleke of the PDP as the winner of the Osun governorship election with 403,371 votes.

The incumbent Governor Gboyega Oyetola of APC placed second with 375,027 votes.

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