Minister of the Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has said that his efforts to reconcile with All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu are being thwarted by “some individuals within and outside” the APC.
Sola Fasure, Media Adviser to Interior Minister Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, wrote and signed a statement containing this information.
Tinubu and Aregbesola fell out over the Osun State gubernatorial election, leading to Ademola Adeleke’s emergence. As a result of his icy relationship with ex-governor Gboyega Oyetola, some people are willing to swear on a stack of holy books that Aregbesola actively plotted against the APC.
Tinubu and his ex-Works Commissioner in Lagos and later Osun Governor are working towards reconciliation because “a house divided against itself cannot stand.”
In the letter, Fasure wrote, “The attention of The Media Office of the Minister of Interior has been drawn to social media news, ascribing false statements to Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, as it concerns an attack on the person of the presidential candidate of our party, the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. This is FAKE news and simply not True.
“A pattern has emerged of a sinister and coordinated effort to frustrate the reconciliatory moves being championed by notable stakeholders within and beyond our party to rally all necessary factors for the success of our party at the February 2023 presidential election.
“Just last week, jittery politicians, who are authors of this malicious manuscript, paid a handful of rent-a-crowd comedians to react to a non-existent ‘attack’ and regurgitate the storyline again, to frustrate a series of reconciliation steps for their selfish interest.
“We urge well-meaning Nigerians to be wary of the evil machinations of this cult of fifth columnists, whose sole business is to cause disaffection, manufacture distractions and sow discord within the APC and the progressive fold.
“For the umpteenth time, the general public is advised to note that Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is focused on delivering key reforms in the Ministry of Interior and its agencies as championed by President Muhammadu Buhari, and also ensure that the APC emerges victorious at the 2023 general election.”