The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Osun State, Gboyega Famoodun, has accused supporters of Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, of staging a protest to remove him from office.
He made this known in a statement issued by his media adviser, Kola Olabisi, on Tuesday, alleging that the protesters were allies of Aregbesola, whom he accused of working against Governor Gboyega Oyetola in the just-concluded governorship election won by Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The protesters had stormed the streets of Osogbo on Tuesday to demand the removal of the party’s state chairman following the party’s defeat in the state governorship election on July 16.
The protesters, led by Oluwaseun Abosede, chanting “restructuring,” took off from Odiolowo Area and marched through Olaiya Junction to Ogo-Oluwa Area within Osogbo metropolis, before heading to the state House of Assembly, where they were received by the Speaker, Timothy Owoeye.
Armed with placards and banners with different inscriptions such as “Restructure APC now,” “APC lost Osun because of Famoodun and Oyetola,” “Osun APC needs restructuring,” among others, the protesters were denied entry into the party secretariat by armed police operatives.
Speaking to newsmen at the entrance of the APC state secretariat in Ogo-Oluwa, Abosede insisted that mismanagement of the party affairs by Famoodun, who he accused that sidelining Aregbesola and other critical stakeholders in the party, caused the defeat suffered by the party at the governorship poll.
Famoodun, while reacting to the protest, described the action of the protesters as shameful, callous, primitive, selfish, wicked, misplaced and inconsiderate.
Famoodun said, “When I heard that the supporters of the immediate past governor of our state, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, were protesting, I thought my memory was playing me wrong as they cannot insulate themselves from whatever might be the current plight of the APC in Osun State.
“Assuming but not conceding that there are challenges within the party, protesters should be told that they lack the moral right to either suggest or offer any likely solution as it is on record that they massively and collectively worked against Oyetola, the APC governorship candidate in the just-concluded election in line with their series of threats.
“One would have thought that the appropriate place for them to canvas for the restructuring of any party is Senator Ademola Adeleke’s Ede country home, which they voted for with flaunted pride.”