Tinubu won’t Shun reconciliation with Aregbesola, says aide

Tinubu won’t Shun reconciliation with Aregbesola, says aide

Tinubu won’t Shun reconciliation with Aregbesola, says aide

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, has stated that he will not oppose ongoing efforts to bring him and the Minister of the Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, back together.

In a message provided to The PUNCH Newspapers on Tuesday evening, Tinubu’s media aide, Tunde Rahman, revealed the news to the publication.

When Rahman said this, he was referring to the decision by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, to bring Tinubu and Aregbesola back together.

According to reports, the two monarchs met with the minister on Tuesday in Oba Adeyemi’s private house in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, as part of the transition.

According to sources, Tinubu was not present during the meeting, which was held in Lagos.

Another source, however, stated that the former Lagos State Governor had not been invited to the initial meeting, and that the monarchs would meet with him separately at a later date before holding a joint gathering of the entire royal family.

Reacting, Rahman said, “Yes, I saw pictures of the meeting on social media as you did too. HE Asíwájú Bola Tinubu was not invited to the meeting. I can tell you that clearly. I believe the two traditional rulers intend to reach out to him later.

“But let me say this clearly: Asíwájú Tinubu has tremendous respect for the traditional institution and particularly for the two eminent royal fathers. You would recall that only recently during his consultations and engagements with traditional rulers and other stakeholders in Oyo and Osun states on his presidential aspiration, he visited and interfaced with Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, and Onirisa, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, in their respective domains.

“If you ask me what Asiwaju’s attitude would be to the reconciliation move, of course, he would welcome and support it. Don’t forget that Asiwaju and the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, are from the same political family. Asíwájú appointed him Commissioner for Works for eight years during his time as Lagos governor. He also later drafted him into the Osun governorship race and supported him to be governor in Osun for eight years.

“I think Asiwaju would factor all of that and where both of them are coming from into the reconciliation efforts. He would not oppose the idea.”

It was a private meeting—Aregbesola’s aide

Upon being reached, the minister’s Media Adviser, Sola Fasure, verified that the meeting between his boss and the two traditional leaders had taken place.

He, on the other hand, described the meeting as a private one, in which he did not participate.

Fasure said:

“It is true that Ogbeni held a private meeting with the Alaafin of Oyo and the Ooni of Ife. They held the meeting in Ibadan today (Monday) but I did not attend because it was a private meeting.

“So, I don’t know what they discussed there because I was not privy to their discussion but Ogbeni held a meeting with the two frontline traditional rulers in Yorubaland today.”

On February 14, Aregbesola told his supporters in Ijebu Jesa town, Osun State, that the state’s governor, Gboyega Oyetola, should be treated in the same way that former Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was treated in his home state of Lagos.

He said that Ambode had been derailed and that he had been refused the APC governorship ticket to fight again, and he asserted that Oyetola should be dealt in the same manner.

He had already split from Oyetola before to his outburst, resulting in the APC in the state being divided into two sections, according to Aregbesola.

One faction, the Osun Progressives, is loyal to Aregbesola, while the other faction, the Osun Democratic Party, is backed by the governor.

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