Osun APC cri­sis: Akande meets Oyetola, Aregbesola, Adeoti

The Punch - - NEWS - Bola Bamigbola, Osogbo

For­mer Osun State Gov­er­nor, Chief Bisi Akande, has held a closed-door meet­ing with the in­cum­bent gov­er­nor of the state, Adeg­boyega Oyetola, and his pre­de­ces­sor, Rauf Aregbesola.

Also in at­ten­dance at the meet­ing was a for­mer Sec­re­tary to Osun State Gov­ern­ment, Al­haji Mos­hood Adeoti.

Pic­tures pur­port­edly taken after the meet­ing were share on the Face­book page of Is­mail Omip­i­dan, the Chief Press Sec­re­tary to Gov­er­nor Oyetola.

Omip­i­dan, in a post that ac­com­pa­nied the pic­tures, wrote, “To cel­e­brate the New Year, Mr Adeg­boyega Oyetola, Gov­er­nor, The State of Osun, and his pre­de­ces­sor and Min­is­ter of In­te­rior, Og­beni Rauf Aregbesola, were at Ila, the coun­try home of a fore­most po­lit­i­cal leader, Chief Bisi Akande, yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day).

“After the mer­ri­ment, the trio spent qual­ity time, for four and a half hours, to be pre­cise, dis­cussing state mat­ters.”

Sources privy to what tran­spired at Akande’s coun­try home in Ila told our correspond­ent that the meet­ing was not ac­tu­ally planned, but it held upon re­quest by Osun State Chair­man of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress, ‘Gboyega Famoodun.

Oyetola and Aregbesola, it was learnt, ar­rived at Akande’s house at dif­fer­ent times to pay ho­mage to him in the New Year.

Ek­iti State Gov­er­nor, Kay­ode Fayemi, and EX-SSG, Al­haji Mos­hood Adeoti, who left the APC to con­test the last gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion on the plat­form of Ac­tion Demo­cratic Party, it was also gath­ered, were also in Ila to greet Akande.

A source told our correspond­ent that the APC chair­man, Famoodun, openly im­plored Akande to meet Oyetola and Aregbesola since both men were around.

Act­ing on Famoodun’s re­quest, Akande, it was learnt, told Oyetola and Aregbesola to pro­ceed to a room where they held a meet­ing for about four and a half hours.

It was also gath­ered that Adeoti was later called into the meet­ing and when the men came out, they did not ad­dress jour­nal­ists.

When con­tacted for re­ac­tion, an aide to Akande, Lani Bader­inwa, said a meet­ing with both Oyetola and Aregbesola in at­ten­dance ac­tu­ally held in Ila on Wed­nes­day.

Bader­inwa said even though he was not privy to the de­tails of what was dis­cussed, he noted that “Baba Akande as an el­derly per­son, part of what I be­lieve he would ask them will be about the ru­mour of strained re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two lead­ers.”

“I know the two of them, hav­ing worked closely with Baba (Akande) for years, they would open up to him if there was any­thing and they would have re­solved what­ever dif­fer­ences (they had),” he said.

When con­tacted for re­ac­tion, Kay­ode Ag­baje, me­dia aide to Adeoti, said un­nec­es­sary po­lit­i­cal mean­ing should not be ad­duced to his prin­ci­pal’s visit to Akande.

Ag­baje said, “It was a harm­less visit. No po­lit­i­cal mean­ing should be read to Adeoti’s visit to his leader.”

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