The nationwide membership and revalidation has resurged rivalry between the camps of the Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and his predecessor, Rauf Aregbesola.
There has been disquiet between the two camps for months, thereby making supporters be at the loggerheads. The replacement of Oranmiyan Campaign group of Aregbesola with Ileri Oluwa Campaign group of Oyetola set the tongues of core supporters of Aregbesola wagging. They held that Oyetola should inherit the political structure of Aregbesola.
It was gathered that part of the resolution that was reached by Oyetola and Minister for Interior, Aregbesola at a meeting held at Chief Adebisi Akande’s residence in Ila-Orangun with National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was that the numbers of those who will be in the caretaker committees for govern the local government council areas will be divided into two, with the two camps being represented equally.
Aregbesola while answering questions from reporters claimed that he had no rift with Oyetola. After the statement made by the Minister, there was an uneasy calm as the two camps were quiet on the rift.
The party registration and revalidation and the perceived renege of the agreement of splitting the caretaker committee have widened the gulf between the two camps. While Oyetola was addressing APC supporters in his hometown after he revalidated his membership, he said the exercise should not be about faction, but the genuine love for the party.
Ex-commissioners and aides during the administration of Aregbesola and 13 other chieftains opposed alleged inclusion of a Social Democratic Party (SDP) member in the APC registration committee.
They urged Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, who is the chairman of National Caretaker Committee, in a petition, to sack one Tayo Adewakun, who they claimed was a relative of Otunba Iyiola Omisore and card-carrying member of Social Democratic Party, from APC registration panel.
Some of the political office holders including senators and members of House of Representatives that Aregbesola determined their candidature before living office in 2018 and people perceived that they are his loyalists are now identifying with Oyetola because it is believed that, he will determine their return ticket to the National Assembly in 2023 because he is a member of national APC caretaker committee that will determine their fate.
Oyetola has been winning more supporters to his side and even bringing back the aggrieved APC members who left the party like former Secretary to the State Government, Moshood Adeoti. He is oiling his relationship with the Senator Iyiola Omisore, 2018 Osun State gubernatorial candidate of Social Democratic Party.
It was gathered that Omisore with thousands of his supporters may officially defect to the APC.
The former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuf, is also part of the chieftains that Oyetola is prevailing on, for him to be vibrant in the party.
However, ahead of the National Convention in June, the Osun APC caretaker chairman, Prince Adegboyega Famodun, has been careful on his stand on the revalidation as he does not want to oppose the stands of Chief Adebisi Akande who described the exercise as wasteful and unnecessary; neither did he kick against the National Caretaker Committee because he wanted to return as substantive chairman of the party. He believes that his stands will rather mar or make his ambition.