Loyalists of the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, on Wednesday, expressed hope that the Federal High Court in Abuja will disqualify the state governor, Gboyega Oyetola, as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Saturday’s election.
Premium Politics had earlier reported that at the state APC governorship primary in February, Aregbesola’s faction supported Moshood Adeoti, who was the Secretary to the State Government when the minister was the governor of the state.
Following Oyetola’s declaration as the winner of primary, Adeoti went to the Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge the governor’s ability to run for election while also serving on the party’s National Caretaker Committee.
The Chairman of the faction, The Osun Progressives, Lowo Adebiyi, in an interview with PUNCH, on Wednesday, stated that although the faction will vote for the APC in the July 16 governorship election, nonetheless, they are hopeful that the court on Thursday will disqualify Oyetola.
He said, “We have a court judgment coming up tomorrow (Thursday) by the grace of God and we are going to win that case for Alhaji Moshood Adeoti to represent the APC (at the governorship poll). We are going to vote for APC on Saturday. We are in the party.”
Asked if the group has been canvassing votes, Adebiyi said, “We are doing our best but we are not mobilised. The governor’s side refuses to mobilise us, but we have told our people to vote for APC.
“The APC will win by the grace of God and the support of the people. We are all concerned. We cannot be in the APC and vote for another party.”
But when contacted, the Media Adviser to the Osun State APC Chairman, Kola Olabisi, said there was no merit in the case instituted against Oyetola by Aregbesola’s faction.
He said, “Ideally no one is expected to comment on any issue before the court of law. We know that there is nothing in that case that will merit Adeoti and his people to be celebrating. We expect the court to say that Adeoti and his people have no case.
“So, the truth will prevail tomorrow and we are confident that Oyetola will carry the day.”