A socio-political group, Osun Shall Rise Again, OSRA, has raised the alarm over plots by former Osun Governor and Interior minister, Rauf Aregbesola to cause mayhem in the State.
The group accused the minister of plot to use Friday’s occasion of the inauguration of the Digital Centre in Ilesa which had no bearing with the Interior ministry to launch the governorship bid of former Osun Speaker, Najeem Salam, who hails from Osun West.
In a statement signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the group respectively, Saheed Bakare and Lanre Akeju, OSRA said information at its disposal indicates that the letter written to Osun State Government by the National Communications Commissions, NCC, with respect to the occasion, did not indicate that both the Interior minister and Digital Economy minister, Dr. Isa Pantami, will be gracing the occasion.
It, therefore, wondered why Aregbesola would be mobilising and inducing persons to attend the event at Ilesa, if not to cause mayhem in the State.
The group also advised Governor Oyetola not to attend the event in the interest of peace and stability of the State.
To this end, “we are calling on the Inspector-General of Police to be on the look out and charge the Osun CP to take proactive measures to avert violence in Osun on Friday.
“Our former Governor and Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has been trying to create the impression that the incumbent governor is not popular, the same way it attempted to spread it in the build-up to the 2018 governorship election.
“But we are witnesses to a gale of endorsements for Oyetola’s candidature from the West especially and across the State in general. And because these endorsements from our findings are spontaneous, we believe it is the reflection of the reality on the ground.
“We are aware that all those issues that reduced APC’s popularity and made it struggle to win the governorship in the build-up to the 2018 governorship poll have all been addressed by Oyetola and have endeared the party to the people once more.
“From abolition of half salary to reversal of single uniform and revert to old names of the various schools among others, Oyetola has won the hearts of the people.
“Oyetola cannot be faulted on the issue of performance and the popular and acceptable saying is that ‘ you don’t change a winning team.’ Aregbesola should be advised to give peace a chance,” the group said.