Divergent reactions followed comments from Home Secretary Rauf Aregbesola, who said assassins had joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun state.
Aregbesola, who posted on his Twitter account after revalidating his APC membership on Friday in Ilesa, Osun state, said: “Although the constitution allows anyone to register as a member of any political party, even if they are suspects, assassins, assassinations of figures, etc., but those who constitute the majority of party members must represent the fundamental values of the party.
“There must be a clear distinction between good comrades and good weather friends who will always quit our party when they feel a better opportunity elsewhere. By associating with individuals, who you are, your character and your worldview must come into play. “
The former governor of Osun State was also seen in another video, claiming that “the murderer registered with APC and the party constitution cannot deny such a person. We will not allow anyone to walk on Chief Bola Ige’s grave to stand up.
It comes barely a week after Senator Iyiola Omisore, a former deputy governor of Chief Bisi Akande, registered as an APC member in his neighborhood of Ile-Ife, Osun state.
Omisore challenged Governor Gboyega Oyetola in the 2018 gubernatorial election under the aegis of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Osun state.
He later supported the APC in the resumption of the governorship elections which led to the emergence of Gboyega Oyetola, the APC candidate in the poll.
Omisore was a suspect in the murder of a former attorney general, Bola Ige.
He was arrested by the then Inspector General of Police, Tafa Balogun, after which he was removed from his post to stand trial for the alleged murder of Bola Ige.
A spate of backlash followed the statement by former governor Aregbesola, with some describing it as excessive and unwarranted.
Reacting to the statement of Aregbesola, a former minority leader of the Osun State Assembly, the Hon. Akinwale Akinwole said the former governor should wake up from his slumber and face the reality that Omisore has come to stay in the APC.
The former lawmaker added that Aregbesola should stop being jealous of Omisore because he’s a politician to compete with in Osun, saying the caliber of people Omisore brings to the party is top notch.
Akinwale has said that Aregbesola should stop feeling threatened because Omisore has come and will expose Aregbesola’s entire spoiler game against Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s re-election.
In a similar vein, New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) State Chairman Tosin Odeyemi on Monday berated Aregbesola for his statement which he said could spark a political crisis in the state, urging the minister to act. as a former governor of the state and allow peace to reign.
The NNPP chairman said: “It is unfortunate that while the teeming population of the state is still grappling with an economic crisis due to COVID-19, the ruling party is leading the way in violence as it allows its crisis factional to become a public war.
“It is also unfortunate that the former governor and now Minister of the Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, can let sentiment take him over to make statements that could unnecessarily warm the political regime.
Likewise, Aregbesola on Monday said no one could move him from the APC to the state, adding that his pedigree would be difficult for anyone to reach.
In a statement signed by his spokesperson, Sola Fasure, he insisted: “It will be difficult for those who do not have my pedigree to move in the party in the state. Since my emergence in Osun on the Oranmiyan Platform 17 years ago, and with others, we have fought against the agents of darkness and regression and firmly consolidated the party in the state.
“It’s part of the democratic process for all kinds of people, especially the PDP and other parties, even those with questionable and uninspiring pasts, to get into the progressive and people-centered party. However, members have a moral duty to ensure that these elements do not occupy leadership positions and do not use them to subvert and derail the party. We must take into account the concept of internal party democracy.
“You all remember that our leader, the late Chief Bola Ige, led his entire life for compassionate government, a commitment to the good of the majority, and ideas that would bring life, happiness, progress and security to the people. You should be aware of those who continue to dance at Ige’s Tomb and avoid anything that would dishonor the memory of the deceased State.