Ex-governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has called on the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, to avoid doing anything that would suggest a plan to make the state ungovernable for the incumbent governor, Adegboyega Oyetola.
Prince Oyinlola, in a statement on Wednesday, also called for calm as tension continued to rise following plan by the ex-Governor Aregbesola to hold a political programme parallel to the incumbent Governor Oyetola’s second-anniversary celebrations on Friday, November 27, 2020.
Oyinlola noted Aregbesola’s explanation that he was coming to the state to engage with the people on the #EndSARS crisis as directed by the President, Muhammadu Buhari but advised him to pick another day for the event.
He recalled that during his tenure as governor, his predecessor in office, Chief Bisi Akande, despite their political differences never gave him a problem, adding that when Aregbesola took over from him, he did not do anything to undermine his authority as governor.
The statement read in part, “It is necessary that I put my own experience on record. I took over from Chief Bisi Akande in May 2003 and, I can say that throughout my almost eight years in government, and despite our political differences, Akande never gave me any problem.
“It is common knowledge that Mr Aregbesola took over from me, and, despite the circumstances of his coming to that office, I did not do anything to undermine his authority throughout his eight years in government. That is the spirit with which I appeal that the Interior Minister (Aregbesola) avoid doing anything that will suggest a plan to make the state ungovernable for Mr Oyetola.
“As a former governor of that state, I plead that we give peace a chance. The state has witnessed enough unnecessary crises in recent weeks coupled with the Coronavirus pandemic which has upended people’s economy and general wellbeing. Our people are suffering; they deserve a respite from all forms of crises as they struggle to make ends meet.
“All of us former governors, as leaders of our people, we all have a stake in making Osun State to work for the good of our people who have had to deal with one hardship or the other. We will be seen as doing that when we avoid making the job of the incumbent governor difficult for him. May God help our state and its people in this difficult time.”
The former governor also urged Oyetola, to at all times, let the welfare and wellbeing of the people remain his priority.