Minister of Interior and former Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, on Sunday, deleted a post on the defeat of his successor, Gboyega Oyetola, at the just-concluded Osun State Governorship election.
Oyetola, the All Progressives Congress candidate and incumbent governor of the state who is sought re-election, on Sunday, lost to his arch-challenger and Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Ademola Adeleke.
Aregbesola reacted to the election in a post titled, ‘Osun Le Tente’ on Sunday morning.
He posted a bible verse, Daniel 4:17, which exalts God’s power to place control in the hands of whoever He wishes.
“This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.” – (Daniel 4:17),” the minister posted.
He, however, deleted the post after backlash from many quarters.
The former Osun State governor, who boycotted the election, had remained silent on development in Osun State after his outburst against APC presidential candidate and his political boss, Bola Tinubu, in February 2022.
Premium Politics had reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday morning declared Ademola Adeleke the Governor-Elect of Osun State after scoring a majority of votes cast in the governorship election in the state.
The victory came for Adeleke nearly four years after failing by a small margin in his bid to govern Osun State.
On Saturday, Adeleke polled 403,371 votes to defeat his closest rival, the incumbent governor of the state, Gboyega Oyetola, who polled 375,027 votes.
Though 15 political parties participated in the election, the top contenders were Oyetola and Adeleke.
Both Oyetola and Adeleke contested for the Osun governorship seat in 2018, which Oyetola won after a rerun.
Aregbesola had publicly moved against the second-term ambition of Governor Oyetola.
Instead, Aregbesola endorsed the former Secretary to the State Government, Moshood Adeoti, who later lost to Oyetola at the APC governorship primary election held on February 19, 2022.
In the outburst ahead of the party’s governorship primary election in the state, Aregbesola said that enough is enough for the politics of godfatherism and enthronement by treacherous leaders who equated themselves to the status of a god.
The minister had said he trusted Tinubu, but the ex-governor of Lagos State repaid him with betrayal.