Rauf Aregbesola, a former governor and outgoing interior minister, stormed Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, on Friday, 9th June. His core followers and others who trusted in his leadership joyously welcomed him. He paid a visit to Oba Jimoh Olanipekun Larooye II, his Royal Majesty, as well as Oba Adekunle Aromolaran, the Owa-Obokun of Ijesaland, and his chiefs.
He also went to the home of Olagunsoye Oyinlola, his erstwhile foe whom he had expelled from the halls of authority. A little earthquake would occur if people were standing next to the graves of those who died in the rift between Aregbesola and Oyinlola. That ought to be the most effective method to say something as straightforward as “they died in vain.”
I was reminded of Aregbesola’s time as a governor and the “partying spirit” in every Yoruba when I read a poster stating that there would be a program dubbed “home-coming” for the departing interior minister. I once said to a friend that trying to fully reintegrate himself into Osun politics was either absolutely unneeded or could be better used as a show-off. I listened to Aregbesola while watching the political farce on camera, and I was there when he revealed his intentions to reorganize the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osun Chapter.
Aregbesola and novel ideas go hand in hand. Both intertwine, and if the former interior minister was skilled at anything, it was the creation and shortime execution of populist programs. Aregbesola does not lack for initiative or execution, but his ideas are never sustainable.
From Igi-Iye to Opon Imo to Osuwon Omoluabi to the Ayegbaju International Market to the MKO International Airport, they are all admirable concepts that have been terribly executed and lack any durability. The pace at which Aregbesola swept Osun State employing “home-calling” as a tactic to visit important political stakeholders, demand restructuring of the APC, and communicate with his political competitors was on a high note. Can Aregbesola keep up the tempo, is the burning question.
What is a “homecoming”? returning to a location that was once frequented or regarded as home, typically on a special occasion. Aregbesola is accustomed to holding public office. He previously held the position of Works Commissioner in Lagos State. He served as interior minister of the country and as governor of Osun State twice. He skipped ‘homecoming’ despite having served as a commissioner and governor in the past. Skipping was done only to ascend higher. Why did Aregbesola plan a homecoming following his tenure as interior minister?
One of his kinsmen I inquired about this said that Aregbesola organized the homecoming since it was the first time Ijesaland would receive value from him in his capacity as a public official. He continued: Up until he expressed interest in running for governor, he utterly neglected his hometown while serving as a commissioner.
During his eight years as governor, there was a modest improvement, but the community liked him better as a minister. The new custodial facility, the fire service office, and other offices were made possible by him. He did not use his abilities to his full potential. After serving in public service for 20 years, Aregbesola brought them home, one of his kinsmen concluded.
Beyond accomplishments in office, the contentious apologies that went viral ultimately revealed the real purpose of the “home-coming.” Aregbesola is a cunning and ambitious politician. He took his “home-coming” trek or trip to Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, when he turned around since he was aware that he had failed to accomplish anything significant for the Ijesa people. For Aregbesola, “home-coming” was a political show-off and a plan to reintroduce himself to Osun mainstream politics. For his supporters, “home-coming” was a celebration of his accomplishments.
He begged party members and those he had upset while in power to come together so that the party could be properly restructured. Aregbesola stated that the Osun APC has to be reorganized. From the governor’s race through the general election, he abstained from taking part in the same party’s electioneering. As a former governor and minister, Aregbesola undoubtedly has the only authority to restructure the Osun APC, but how does he intend to do so? How does he plan to win over the majority of people who still hold him accountable for the Party’s defeat in the state?
The distinguished son of Ijesa ought to be aware of the distinction between reforming a pressure group and a political party. You cannot assert that you have restructured a party while continuing to visit the homes of political adversaries while ignoring the homes of party leaders. You cannot make the claim to be the head of a group while praising the group’s opponents at the expense of your fellow party members.
Nigeria is responsible for whatever is happening to Aregbesola. We play games with our adversaries in an effort to temporarily alienate our friends. As long as the agony of the harm is not higher than the happiness of our friends who live in a different time period, we choose to be hurt by our adversaries. Aregbesola asserts that the Osun APC needs to be reorganized. I don’t believe the former governor’s assertion to be true. He merely wants to be in charge, negotiate with the party, or close any gaps between him and his former principal.
Without genuine reconciliation, there cannot be true restructuring. Genuine reconciliation is impossible without both parties making compromises. Aregbesola and his competitors in the APC have ego issues, and I feel bad for party members, especially those who see the party as a platform for active engagement in Nigeria’s democracy. They’ll experience higher losses and disappointments. Under the cover name “APC restructuring,” Aregbesola and his political adversaries within the APC are both playing cards of “political survival and relevance.” They are cunning burglars. They wish to steal the party.
Osun APC: Does it actually require restructuring? No. Sacrifices, tolerance, forgiveness, and sincere reconciliation are what the party needs. A party that lost by fewer than 30,000 votes doesn’t, in my opinion, require reformation. All those who feel wronged should put down their swords and let peace reign. That does more and is better than restructuring. Restructuring is only done to collapsing entities. When restructuring a corporation, you first look for potential causes. Aregbesola and his opponents in the Osun APC have not done this. They merely intend to take over the party’s control.
When I read the news and saw photos of Aregbesola visiting Olagunsoye Oyinlola’s home, I had a flashback of the people who had given their lives and had suffered property damage as a result of the power struggle between the two. I am sure that if the dead could communicate with the living, there would be plenty of people who would tell the dead that their sacrifice and death were in vain.
Aregbesola asked the late Isiaka Adeleke and former governor of the state Oyinlola for help in 2014 when he intended to run against Iyiola Omisore for governor. They shared a common set of complaints against the PDP. Aregbesola wished to run once more. Omisore mocked Late Adeleke out of the PDP, while Oyinlola was upset at his personal loss at the national PDP level. They forged a powerful alliance and vanquished Omisore, their common foe.
He hugged Oyinlola, the guy who was arguably the driving force behind the creation of the park, at the freedom park, which Aregbesola established to honor the losses the state had suffered and to signal a clean break with violence. He embraced the late Isiaka Adeleke, Oyinlola in order to challenge Omisore in 2014. Aregbesola didn’t make up his declaration that he was prepared for battle. He didn’t come back home to sleep. It will be a dirty fight because he came home to fight.
I have observed numerous PDP members praising Aregbesola after the Osun APC’s current power play, whom they had previously decried for eight years, because Senator Ademola, the party’s nominal leader, appears to be in his good graces. They praised Aregbesola as a notable politician who had done so much for his community and deserved to return home. Senator Adeleke received praise from Aregbesola for facilitating his “homecoming” events in the state.
Senator Adeleke recently traveled to Ilesa from his office in Osogbo to welcome Aregbesola as interior minister while overseeing the launching of a passport office. Together, they joked and danced. It was a lovely scene to see. Senator Adeleke made a significant break with the past and embraced the person who has called him everything worse since he first proclaimed his intention to run for the Senate until 2019. He also left the somber accounts of his late brother Isiaka Adeleke’s death, the claims of cover-up against Rauf Aregbesola, and the family’s response to the coroner’s investigation ordered by the state government. This demonstrates that sentiments and interests can be more important than blood relationships. Can someone closer tells his Excellency to stop crying every year whenever he visits the grave of the late Serubawon?
Even though Senator Ademola Adeleke hasn’t served for a full year, 2026 politics have already begun. In anticipation of the opening of commissioner slots, there has been a realignment of forces and the establishment of the disgruntled. The governor views Aregbesola as a playmaker and demi-god who can destroy his opposition’s structure so that he can land safely in 2026.
Senator Adeleke appears to be anxious about his political future. He thinks that without an insider with astute cunning like dismantling the Osun APC, he cannot win and be reelected. Senator Ademola allegedly still fears his own political shadows.
Can Aregbesola withstand Senator Adeleke’s run for office in 2026? Will Senator Adeleke’s siblings, who run his administration and party, be able to control Aregbesola? Can Aregbesola fully renounce the APC in favor of the PDP in order to fight back? Will Aregbesola remain in command and survive attacks on his party? Similar to Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State, Can Aregbesola fly a third force into the state and install his nominee as governor?
These are the issues on the minds of thoughtful citizens who are concerned with national politics.
After reading Aregbesola’s thank-you note for Adeleke, a friend recently enquired of me: “Can Aregbesola babysit Adeleke for a long time?” My friend should not worry because the future is pregnant and contains the solution to his query, I assured him, even though I am aware that I do not at this time have the perfect response to his question
Osun Pensioners: Governor Adeleke is Committed to Payment of Pensions, Entitlements
The government of Governor Ademola Adeleke has reacted to the rumor of accrued pensions not paid by his government as alleged by opposition in the state, upon which some unscrupulous elements are allegedly planning a protest march.
We want the public to note that the current government has been consistent in paying some of the accrued pensions, owed by previous governments, from inception of his administration
While we have ascertained and confirmed that the rumour of a planned protest is not true,we alert the public to the spreading of the fake news designed to offend and confuse the contributory pensioners who are strong supporters of Governor Adeleke.
We assert that the pensioners and other stakeholders are aware of sustained efforts of the current government to pay up the inherited pensions.
It may also interest stakeholders to note that the Governor has 48 hours ago directed the hosting of an emergency consultative meeting with contributory pensioners to table full data before them and agree on a path to further payments.
Details of the meeting are to be communicated to relevant stakeholders.
Ahead of the meeting, we take liberty to release part of the records with renewed commitment of the administration to accelerate the payment process.
The records according to the Local Government Staff Pension Bureau in the state, shows that the government of Ademola Adeleke has made payment to both the contributory pensioners and old pensioners in the state, with effect from 28th November, 2022 till date.
The breakdown is as follows:
MONTHLY PENSION (Old Pension Scheme) – Three billion naira (N3 billion).
PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS – Two billion, nine hundred and sixteen million, two hundred and twenty-four thousand, three hundred and forty-one naira and thirty kobo (N2,916,224,341: 30).
LOCAL GOVERNMENT STAFF PENSIONERS – One billion, Sixty-two million, Four Hundred and Sixty-nine thousand, Seven hundred and Forty-three naira, Eighty-six Kobo (N1,062,469,743 : 86).
Regarding Death Benefits:
PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS – Three hundred and Twenty-four million, Two hundred and Eighty-nine thousand, Five hundred and Ninety naira, Sixty-two Kobo (N324,289,590: 62).
LOCAL GOVERNMENT STAFF PENSIONERS – Nine-six million, One hundred and Eighty-one thousand, Thirty-two naira, Ninety-two Kobo (N96,181,032: 92).
MONTHLY PENSION (Contributory Pension) Remittances:
PRIMARY SCHOOL – One billion, Eighty-three million,One hundred and Ninety-seven thousand,two hundred and Sixty-five naira, Thirty-six Kobo (N1,083,197,265:36).
LOCAL GOVERNMENT STAFF PENSIONERS – Six hundred and One million, Seven hundred and Seventy-four thousand, Thirty-two naira, Thirty-two kobo (N601,774,032:32).
PRESENTATION OF BOND CERTIFICATES:
PRIMARY SCHOOL – One billion, Nine hundred and Eleven million, Three hundred and Seventy thousand, Two hundred and Eleven naira, Forty-four Kobo (N1,911,370,211:44).
LOCAL GOVT STAFF PENSIONERS – Seven hundred and Eight million, Forty-one thousand, Three hundred and Seventy-eight naira, Ninety-seven Kobo (N708,041,378:97).
The government appreciates the Pensioners and especially the contributory pensioners for their understanding, resilience and appreciation of the high level of commitment already shown by the government and urge them to distance themselves from evil operatives of the previous regime who were responsible for the pension debt in the first place.
As we remind the public and pensioners that Governor Adeleke has workers welfare as a number on his agenda, we affirm that the Governor has the best interest of workers, pensioners and the public at heart and his government will therefore not under any circumstances deny retirees their due rights and privileges.
The government reiterates its commitment to the good people of Osun state, and asked that the lying opposition party be shunned, as they are mischief makers.
Oluomo Kolapo Alimi
Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment
Mohbad: I Disguised To Candlelight, Shameful Things People Did – FPRO
The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, has said that he was one of those who attended the candlelight and night of tribe held for Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka Mohbad, in Lagos.
The Assistant Commissioner of Police, however, said the conduct of some of those there did not serve the purpose.
In a tweet on his X handle, Adejobi said inasmuch as candlelight processions are a right, it should be done with decorum.
He tweeted: “None could recognise me, I disguised.
“But I intentionally attended to see things for myself and have an opinion about the whole thing.
“I gathered some intelligence there yesterday.
“Sincerely, many guys are our problem.
“You dey mourn, u con dey smoke, dey hit or attack people, dey drive reckless, etc.
“May his soul rest in peace.
“While I commend the organisers of the lagos procession for their steadfastness and understanding.
“I hope others will emulate them.
“It’s reasonable to end all processions at the latest 7pm.
“Candle light procession is a rite and must be purposeful.”
Ramsdale’s Time At Arsenal Coming To An End —Premier League Legend
Premier League legendary American goalkeeper Brad Friedel has said he is certain that Aaron Ramsdale’s time at Arsenal is coming to an end.
Ramsdale has been overlooked for selection in past two games, with summer signing David Raya getting the nod.
The Spanish goalkeeper joined Arsenal from Brentford on a £3million loan deal with a purchase option of £27m.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has insisted to the media that he will pick his goalkeeper based on tactical reasons.
But the fact that Raya has started in both the Premier League and now Champions League has many questioning his statements.
One of those is Friedel, who has the third-most appearances of any goalkeeper in Premier League history.
When asked if it’s over for Ramsdale if Raya starts this weekend’s north London derby against Tottenham, the American replied on talkSPORT: “Absolutely.”
“I thought from the second they signed him they signed him to be the new no.1, I don’t think you pay that much money for someone with one year left on their contract, I know he signed an extra contract and went on loan, but that was for other reasons.
“I think they really liked Raya so when he became available they pushed for him.”
“It’s very harsh on Ramsdale but it’s the coach’s decision,” the former Liverpool and Tottenham keeper said.
“I’m assuming Ramsdale at the end of this season will end up having to do what Matt Turner did at the end of the previous season and find another place to play.
“I know it’s early and people will say you have to see what he does, but I think Raya was brought in as the no.1, you thought maybe they could be swapping if they’d played Ramsdale in the Champions League, but that didn’t happen.
“I think we’ll see Raya in goal and he’ll be the incumbent no.1 this season.”
Ramsdale joined Arsenal in the summer of 2021, leaving Sheffield United in a £30m deal.
Last season the 25-year-old almost helped the Gunners to a first league title in almost two decades, which Friedel thinks will see him join another top club where he can play every match
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