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Real reasons Aregbesola’s visit to Fayose set Ekiti, Osun APC against each other



Real reasons Aregbesola’s visit to Fayose set Ekiti, Osun APC against each other
Insinuations are rife that the real cause of altercations between Ekiti and Osun chapters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) may not be that Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State visited Ayodele Fayose, his Ekiti State counterpart, but the motive behind his visit.
Aregbesola had at the weekend visited Ekiti State during its 20th anniversary to celebrate with Fayose, one of the opposition governors, who has unequivocally criticised the APC-led Federal Government.
APC members in Ekiti, have also been averse to his leadership, since he dethroned an APC incumbent governor, Fayemi Kayode.
The visit as expected saw Ekiti APC members criticising Aregbesola of Osun State, who felt his visit and commendation of the enemy of the party was uncalled for.
The party could not stomach Aregbesola’s commendation of Fayose as a hardworking governor, who had turned around the fortunes of Ekiti State in terms of infrastructure.
Their Osun counterparts took them on and described their criticism of Aregbesola’s visit as unfortunate and berated them for not recognising the political maturity the visits portends.
In a statement on Sunday, the Ekiti State publicity secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said Aregbesola’s visit to Fayose is a slight on APC.
“Aregbesola’s visit to Fayose praising him as omoluabi and for the achievements by APC-led government is not alone embarrassing but also awful in the face of sustained attacks on APC members, some of whom are still languishing in jail for about two years over trumped-up charges by Fayose,” APC said.
In their reply, Osun APC through its Director of Publicity, Mr Kunle Oyatomi said, “Politicians should grow up and they should know the difference between governance and politics. Aregbesola is the head of government in Osun just as Fayose is the head of government in Ekiti. We are in a federation in which these two governors don’t necessarily have to belong to the same party.
“Their differences in political alignments do not stop interaction between the two as heads of their various governments; neither should the interaction between them be politically given.
“It will be irresponsible for any head of government to visit another head and then begin to throw political insults on him simply because one abhors the politics of another. Aregbesola has shown maturity in his interaction with Fayose. To criticise him for doing so, is not politically correct.”
However, findings show that the real reason Ekiti APC is angry with Aregbesola is their belief that the Osun governor, a close friend of APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was acting a script by the former Lagos State governor to get at former Governor Kayode Fayemi and leader of Ekiti APC, who allegedly played a major role in ensuring that Tinubu’s candidate in Ondo governorship primaries did not emerge APC’s candidate.
By Ebere Ndukwu …
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