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Ekiti/Osun 2022

Osun Lawmakers Drag Adeboye Into Aregbesola, Oyetola Fight As Mediator

By Shina Abubakar, Osogbo



Aregbesola Oyetola split

Pastor Enoch Adeboye is being dragged in as a peace shooter in the deteriorating conflict between Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State and his predecessor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

The peace offensive to use Adeboye’s goodwill to calm the frosty relationship it was gathered was initiated by state lawmakers belonging to the All Progressives Congress, APC in Osun State with the Speaker in the frontline according to Vanguard.

Governor Oyetola and Ogbeni Aregbesola have been at loggerhead for about two years for reasons they have both refused to make public.

The APC in the state has also been factionalized along The Osun Progressive, mainly made up of Aregbesola’s loyalists and the Ileri-Oluwa group, which is loyal to the incumbent Governor.

Both Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande have also brought the two men together, but the meetings ended with deadlock.

Meanwhile disturbed by the deteriorating relationship between the duo ahead of the governorship election in the state, the APC caucus at the House of Assembly led by the speaker, Timothy Owoeye allegedly visited the General Overseer, who incidentally is from the state.

According to a source privy to the arrangement, the Speaker was at the Redemption Camp last week with eight other lawmakers.

The source said, “The visit was led by the Speaker and they sought Baba’s help to broker peace so as to guarantee and sustain the development of Osun,” the source said of the move to get Adeboye to mediate between Aregbesola and Oyetola.

“Baba appreciated the visit and the Speaker’s team’s initiative to resolve the issues.

“He, however, stressed that though he is not a politician, he will be guided by the scripture.”

Speaking on the development, the Speaker’s media aide, Kunle Alabi said the speaker has been a regular visitor at the Redemption Camp and was even with the revered clergyman at Igbajo in December for a programme.

“Well, I was aware of the meeting but I am not privy to what was discussed.

“However, the Speaker is a party man to the core and would stop at nothing, including enlisting Baba Adeboye’s help to resolve the crisis, towards ensuring that APC is victorious during July 2022 governoshirp election.

“So, if such matter was discussed, it is not out of order. Baba Adeboye is an Ijesa man, Aregbesola is an Ijesa man, so also is the Speaker.

“Moreover Baba is from Osun and an elder stateman to that effect, so, he fit to be sought after,” he said.

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