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EXCLUSIVE: Aregbesola jets out of Nigeria, boycotts Osun governorship election

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The Minister of Interior and former governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregebsola, has travelled out of Nigeria, boycotting at present’s governorship election within the state, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

Mr Aregbesola left Nigeria on Friday to attend a convention slated for Monday in Germany by the Nigerian Monetary Intelligence Unit (NFIU), dependable sources near the minister have confirmed.
Though the inside ministry doesn’t supervise the company, it manages Nigeria’s borders via the Immigration Companies, a jurisdiction vital to the NFIU’s mandate of checking illicit monetary flows.

Mr Aregbesola had publicly scorned the second-term ambition of Gov Adegboyega Oyetola, endorsing the previous secretary to the state authorities, Moshood Adeoti. His annointed candidate would later lose to Mr Oyetola on the APC governorship main election held on February 19.
Previous to the first, Mr Aregbesola had publicly declared his assist for a caucus inside the state’s chapter of the APC, The Osun Progressives (TOP), at the same time as he mentioned the caucus is peopled by the “actual” progressives within the social gathering and vowed to unseat the governor.

Displeased by the result of the first election, TOP approached the Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja to hunt the disqualification of Mr Oyetola from the race.
The swimsuit was predicated on the argument that Mr Oyetola had taken half within the main with out resigning his membership of the ruling social gathering’s nationwide caretaker committee which was then led by the Yobe State Governor, Mala Buni.
However on Thursday, Justice Ekwo dominated that the case is a matter inside the inside affairs of APC, noting that the court docket has no jurisdiction to meddle in.
The minister may have travelled on Sunday however selected to depart on the eve of the state’s governorship election “for some apparent causes”, these aware of the matter advised PREMIUM TIMES. The sources craved anonymity as a result of they weren’t permitted to talk on the matter.

‘Aregbesola not invited to work for Oyetola’ — Aide
Mr Aregbesola’s media adviser, Sola Fasure, mentioned his principal couldn’t have campaigned for APC as a result of he was not invited to work for Governor Oyetola’s second-term bid in Osun.
Mr Fasure mentioned the previous governor’s identify was “conspicuously absent” from the listing of the 86 members of the APC Nationwide Marketing campaign Council for the Osun governorship election.
“Should you get the listing, you will notice that his identify is conspicuously absent. What function do you anticipate him to play?,” he mentioned.

TOP backs APC, silent on Oyetola
In the meantime, Mr Aregbesola-backed APC mentioned it stays a component of the APC regardless of the alleged rancorous strategy of Mr Oyetola’s administration in the direction of its members.

A former commissioner within the state and Mr Aregbesola’s loyalist, Sikiru Ayedun, mentioned in an announcement launched on Friday on behalf of the factional group that the one-sided sample of Mr Oyetola’s administration led to the unholy division within the social gathering.
The minister’s loyalists nonetheless seemed to be apathetic about supporting Mr Oyetola, regardless of claiming to be members of the APC within the state.
“However, we stay unflinching members of our social gathering, the All Progressives Congress and stand by its beliefs, irrespective of our travails and even the result of tomorrow’s election,” the assertion learn in elements. “We’re long-distance runners and won’t abandon the ship of our social gathering, in calm or stormy waters.”

In the meantime, sources inside the Aregbesola-backed APC factional group have remained detached in regards to the ongoing election, after the court docket struck out the case in opposition to their candidate’s prayer.
“If he was not invited, it implies that the state believes he can win the election with out him,” one of the sources, who requested to not be named, mentioned. “The federal government has spent 4 years attacking and maligning him maliciously, it means he isn’t reckoned with.”

The minister was mentioned to have attended an occasion just lately organised by the Nigeria Safety and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Lagos earlier than flying to Abuja on the identical day.
Contacted to formally affirm the whereabouts of Mr Aregbesola, the spokesman of the inside ministry, Ajibola Afonja, mentioned he couldn’t instantly inform the present location of the minister.
“I can not instantly affirm that,” he mentioned briefly.

 

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