The national caretaker committee of the All Progressives Congress has fixed October 2 for the congress at the state level. The committee being led by Mai Mala Buni has come up with arrangements and there are two key ministers who may oppose the governors of their states during the congress.
Definitely, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, the interior minister, would use the opportunity provided by the scheduled congress to launch himself to political relevance in Osun State. His popularity seems to be dwindling gradually and it looks like he may lose his influence in totality. He would oppose the state governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola.
Since he took oath of office, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola has undone many things that his predecessor did. Actually, Oyetola was pragmatic in his approach in Osun State but Aregbesola feels his legacies are being erased by the man who served in his cabinet. Oyetola was Aregbesola's chief of staff.
Some politicians have intervened to settle the political scuttle between Aregbesola and Oyetola. Mr. Bisi Akande and Bola Tinubu have done all they can do to settle the political tussle. But from all indications, the crisis is gaining more strength by the days and the APC congress would be another avenue for them to slug it out again.
There was a violent clash at the APC state secretariat in the state capital, Osogbo over the recently conducted ward congresses. Loyalists of Aregbesola and Oyetola clashed and some persons were injured at the secretariat. The interior minister knows that if he fails to put his loyalists at the helm of affairs of the party in the state, he would lose his relevance once and for all.
The minister of information and culture would put things in place to oppose the Kwara State governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazak. Mr. Lai Mohammed recently opened up on matters around the Kwara State chapter of the APC. Mr. Mohammed even made some attempts to open a parallel secretariat for the APC in Kwara State. It all started when he claimed that he financed the APC elections in Kwara State.
He didn't stop at that, he also claimed that he didn't get enough for what he had done for the APC in Kwara State. Whereas key lawmakers from the state debunked what the minister of information and culture said. They argued that money was generated and it was properly used under the supervision of the state governor, Abdulrazak.
As the APC conducts its state congresses in October 2, Mr. Lai Mohammed knows that the best he can do right now is to oppose the state governor. Mr. Abdulrazak would present a candidate and Mr. Mohammed would raise another candidate as well. That means there would be no agreement between them.
The APC congress in Kwara State would be a serious battle between the two men. Likewise the state congress would be a fight in Osun State be because it would be the last chance Mr. Rauf Aregbesola would have to challenge and stop the state governor Gboyega Oyetola.
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