29th August, 2021
Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun said his predecessor, Rauf Aregbesola who is now the Minister of Interior also wants him to succeed because he worked very hard for him for eight years.
The governor also said that those parading themselves as members of The Osun Progressives, TOP, are not speaking the mind of his predecessor, by working against his second term.
Oyetola during a live interview during the week stated that he and Aregbesola are brothers and “he (Aregbesola) wants my success because I worked very hard for eight years for his own success as well.”
The TOP members, claiming to be Aregbesola’s loyalists had in recent times given indication that its members were likely not to endorse the Governor for another term.
But the Governor said, “Well, those people – I’m not too sure that the people that have been saying that are saying his mind.
“If people are saying that (that they won’t support me) I’m not too sure they are telling the story from his 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.”
Oyetola further said: “Talking about the 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.
“However, we have not gotten to that level (election). It is God that gives power. His appointment is not negotiable. It is God’s wish that I am the Governor today. So, the issue of second term is left to God and the people of Osun to decide.”