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Osun Decides 2018: Is Oyetola leaving APC before re-run election?
FOUR days to the scheduled re-run governorship election in Osun State, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the election, Gboyega Oyetola may not take part in the election, The ICIR has gathered
Oyetola polled 254,345 votes behind the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ademola Adeleke with 254,698 votes.
The ICIR gathered that Oyetola had threatened to withdraw from the re-run election because the out-going governor, Rauf Aregbesola “did not support him.”
A party chieftain close to the APC candidate but did not want his name mentioned said the governorship candidate had accused the governor of insincerity and lack of support for him during the election.
Oyetola, the source said, particularly accused Aregbesola of not working for him as expected during the inconclusive election last weekend noting that the governor was not happy with his candidature.
“Oyetola discredited Aregbesola for failing to win four local governments in his federal constituency and 10 local governments in his senatorial district as a sitting governor of the state,” he said
“He [Oyetola] is begging the APC National leadership to set up committees to look at the outcome of the election, else he will not participate in the remaining seven units that were declared inconclusive by INEC.”
Governor Aregbesola failed to deliver his home base of Ijeshaland to the APC candidate in the election as the opposition PDP swept almost all the local councils.
The PDP won Obokun LGA by a large margin of 10,859 votes to 7,229 garnered by the APC. But APC won the Ilesa East with 9790 votes. PDP got 8244 votes. APC also lost Ilesha West LGA to PDP, getting 7251 votes to PDP’s 8286 votes.
APC won Atakumosa East with 7073 votes against PDP’s 5218 votes. PDP snatched Atakumosa West with 5401 votes against APC’s 5019 votes.
Part of the allegations by Oyetola against Aregbesola was his failure to release enough money for the election.
“In 2014 election during Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola re-election N700,000k was released to each polling unit, but Aregbesola found it difficult to release N200,000k per unit for 2018 election,” the source quoted Oyetola as said.
According to the APC chieftain, Oyetola also blamed Aregbesola of failing to reconcile aggrieved party stalwarts like Alhaji Fatai Diekola, Adeoti, Akere Sunday, Lasun Yusuff, Peter Power, Bayo Salami and other members of the party that defected before the election.
He alleged that the governor deliberately neglected those party members till they left so that APC could lose the election.
The ICIR gathered that Action Democratic Party (ADP) party and others are already in talks with the PDP ahead of Thursday’s election.
A party leader revealed to our correspondent that they have agreed to support PDP instead of APC. And that Saraki is presently speaking to the candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Iyiola Omisore in order to also bring in SDP, the party with third largest votes in the governorship election.