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Aregbesola explains how APC can bring long-term stability to Osun



By Sola Omoniyi, Lagos

Rauf Aregbesola, the former interior minister, has warned that the All Progressives Congress (APC) may not be free from ongoing problems if its members don’t avoid being overly ambitious, selfish, and envious.

Aregbesola added that the strife inside the party in Osun State grew worse when his successor, Gboyega Oyetola, and other state-level party officials disregarded warnings sent by some worried party members operating under the banner of the now-defunct The Osun Progressives (TOP).

He stated during an interview with a radio station. He said TOP could not achieve its mission of saving the party from destruction and electoral loss because Oyetola and other party leaders then shunned complaints on how the party was being unfairly run.

Aregbesola claimed that a politician who is very ambitious, self-centred, and envious will not succeed in politics or make any significant contributions to the government.

Aregbesola argued that he is still liked by the people of the state despite some assertions that his administration owed employees and pensioners, among other allegations, while noting his accomplishments both as a governor and minister.

Aregbesola, who refuted the assertion that he urged his supporters to support the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state’s most recent elections, claimed that some of the reasons the APC lost in the most recent elections were due to its leaders’ insensitivity to the needs and warnings of worried members.

He asserted that he had no political adversaries and clarified why TOP collapsed to pave the way for the Omoluabi Progressives Caucus in the state.

The former governor further explained why he decided to absent himself during the recent polls in the state, saying: “I was not in Osun then to avoid accusations whether I was for one party or not.”