Former Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who also served as the governor of Osun State, has taken a bold step by officially unveiling the Omoluabi Tendency APC caucus within the state. This move comes after he faced disownment by the party’s local chapter.
In a statement shared on the platform X (formerly referred to as Twitter), Aregbesola clarified that the Omoluabi Tendency operates as a caucus deeply integrated within the APC, rather than functioning as an entirely distinct political entity.
He said, “Those who cannot align with the Omoluabi ethos don’t have a place with us. Our guiding principle remains a blend of character and competence. While character shapes the human soul, competence reflects one’s efficiency in creating value. These twin pillars, we believe, are the keystones of human civilization and progress.
“As we recognize our stage of development and the urgency to uplift our people, we’re convinced that reinvigorating these core values is pivotal to maintaining our resonance amongst them.”
In the wake of the recently-concluded elections, the Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had disowned Aregbesola, saying he is no longer a leader of the party in the state.
Former Senate spokesperson, Dr. Ajibola Basiru, who disclosed this in an interaction with journalists in Osogbo, said Aregbesola ceased to be the party’s leader in the state after he failed to work for the party or President Bola Tinubu during his electioneering campaign or election.
“I told you the immediate past Minister of Interior, Mr Aregbesola, was our leader but I don’t know which party he belongs to now. I don’t know, on a more serious note,” Bashiru said.
The immediate past Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, on Wednesday,.
Recall that Aregbesola at a reception organised in his honour by his loyalists in Osogbo, Osun State, thanked President Bola Tinubu and his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari, for his accomplishments in politics.
Tinubu and Aregbesola were political allies before their split during the tenure of Gboyega Oyetola as governor of Osun State.
The misunderstanding between the pair was cited as the major reason the All Progressives Congress (APC) was defeated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in last year’s governorship election in the state.