Chairman of ‘The Osun Progressives,’ a faction in the All Progressives Congress in Osun State, has said no reconciliation yet between the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola and the State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola.
The group, backed by Aregbesola during the last governorship primary of APC in the state, had supported a former Secretary to the State Government, Moshood Adeoti, against Oyetola, who eventually won the party’s ticket.
Both men initially denied being at loggerheads, but days before the primary election, events exposed deep seated ill-feelings between the governor and the minister.
Pictures of Oyetola and Aregbesola in a warm embrace had on Sunday surfaced on the social media with accompanying caption suggesting that the two men had reconciled.
The chairman of The Osun Progressives, Mr. Lowo Adebiyi, however, accused members of Ileri Oluwa, the campaign group of Oyetola, of circulating the pictures.
He said, “They are old pictures. Members of Ileri Oluwa group are behind it. Disregard them. If there will be reconciliation, it is not pictures that you will see first. Discussion will be held first. No discussion yet. Nothing happened. No reconciliation yet.”
Similarly, the chairman of the APC faction in Osun supported by Aregbesola, Mr. Rasaq Salinsile, also said the pictures were taken about three years ago, when the minister came to the state for an official assignment of his ministry and decided to pay a courtesy call on Oyetola.
He said, “To the best of my knowledge, there is nothing like reconciliation. The pictures were taken about three years ago when Ogbeni came for an event organised by his Ministry in Ilesa and he paid a courtesy call on Oyetola.
“I was at the scene where the pictures were taken. It may happen tomorrow, but as of today, nothing like reconciliation.”
Also, an aide to Oyetola, who preferred anonymity, said the pictures were not recent.
She, however, did not rule out moves by the parties involved in the disagreement to initiate reconciliation.
“They are old pictures. The security detail in the picture is not the current one working with the governor. No reconciliation yet, though some people may be tired of fighting the governor and initiate moves to reconcile with him. But no reconciliation yet,” the governor’s aide said.