By Bukar Bolori
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has alleged of the existence of sinister and coordinated effort to frustrate the reconciliatory moves between him and the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as being championed by notable stakeholders within and outside the ruling party.
Relationship between Aregbesola and Tinubu hit the rock during the last gubernatorial election in Osun state as both stalwarts disagreed on supporting the APC’s governorship candidate and sitting governor, Gboyega Oyetola’s re-election.
A signed letter on Wednesday by the Media Adviser to the Minister of Interior (Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola), Sola Fasure read that: “The attention of The Media Office of the Minister of Interior has been drawn to social media news ascribing false statements to Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, as concerns an attack on the person of the presidential candidate of our Party, The All Progressives Congress , Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. This is FAKE news and simply not True.”
Fasure, alleged in the statement that: “A pattern has clearly emerged of sinister and coordinated effort to frustrate the reconciliatory moves being championed by notable stakeholders within and beyond our party to rally all necessary factors for the success of our Party at the February 2023 Presidential Election.”
He said: “Just last week, jittery politicians who are authors of this malicious manuscript, paid a handful of rent-a-crowd comedians to react to a non-existent ‘attack’ and regurgitate the storyline again, with the intention to frustrate a series of reconciliation steps for their selfish interest.”
“We urge well-meaning Nigerians to be wary of the evil machinations of this cult of fifth columnists, whose sole business is to cause disaffection, manufacture distractions and sow discord within the APC and the progressive fold,” Fasure added.
He said: “For the umpteenth time, the general public is advised to note that Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is focused on delivering key reforms in the Ministry of Interior and its agencies as championed by President Muhammadu Buhari, and also ensure that the APC emerges victorious at the 2023 General Elections.”