Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, on Sunday maintained those who lacked his own kind of political upbringing in Osun state would be unable to displace him in the fold of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Aregbesola, the immediate past governor of Osun State, spoke through a statement signed by Sola Fasure, his Media Adviser, just as the former had visited Ilesa on Friday to revalidate his APC membership, where he addressed his supporters.
This assertion, coming on the heels of months of speculations that there is no love lost again between Aregbesola and the incumbent governor Oyetola, is an affirmation there is more to their relationship than being overtly claimed by both parties to debunk the rife rumour.
The statement had read in part: “Ogbeni Aregbesola reminded the people that Chief Bola Ige was their leader and stood all his life for a compassionate government, commitment to the good of the majority and ideas that would bring the good life, happiness, progress and security to the people. He urged them to be conscious of those who continue to dance on Ige’s grave and avoid anything that would dishonour the late statesman’s memory.
“Ogbeni Aregbesola assured the people of working towards greater success of the party and of his commitment to progressive ideals. He reminded them that he emerged in Osun on the Oranmiyan platform 17 years ago, and with others fought the agents of darkness and regression and firmly consolidated the party in the state.
“This effort has produced two successive progressive administrations in the state and also won presidential and national legislative elections thrice since then, noting that it would be difficult for those who lack such pedigree to displace him in the party in the state," the statement read.