Minister of Interior and ex-Governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, has reacted to the defeat of the All Progressives Congress in the Saturday governorship election in the state.
The Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday declared, the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Ademola Adeleke, the winner of the keenly contested election.
The PDP candidate got 403,371 votes to defeat the incumbent governor and the candidate of the APC, Gboyega Oyetola, who polled 375,027 votes.
Adeleke won 17 LGAs to satisfy the requirements of the law to be the winner of the contest. Oyetola could only secure victory in 13 LGAs.
The lead-up to the election wrought the relationship between
The crack in the relationship between Aregbesola and Oyetola, came to bare in the build-up to the election as the minister opposed the governor’s re-election bid.
Aregbesola had backed Moshood Adeoti, former secretary to the state government, for the APC governorship ticket, but Oyetola won the primary election.
Following the loss of his preferred candidate, Aregbesola had subsequently described the primary election as a “sham of an election.”
The APC in Osun currently has two factions — one loyal to Aregbesola while the other supports Oyetola.
The minister was absent from the APC mega rally in Osun on Tuesday, which was attended by Bola Tinubu, the party’s presidential candidate, as well as governors and other party stakeholders.
He also did not vote in the election and some reports claimed the minister travelled to Germany.
Although he was not present during the election, Aregbesola threw jabs at his own party for the defeat in Osun.
An hour after the result was announced, Aregbesola posted a cryptic message on his verified Facebook page.
He quoted chapter four, verse 17 of the book of Daniel. The minister wrote that “the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.”
“Osun Le Tente.
“‘This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.’- (Daniel 4:17).”