A former Secretary to the State Government in Osun, Alhaji MOshood Adeoti and former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yussuf are sending jitters to the Governor of the state, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola over who picks the ticket of the All Progressive Congess for the 2022 governorship election.
Oyetola ends his tenure in November while the Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed the state’s election for July 16, next year.
The last few days have witnessed expressions of interests by both Yussuf and Adeoti, who both tried to pick the ticket of the APC in the 2018 election.
While Yussuf made an open declaration at an event in his hometown at the weekend, loyalists of Adeoti have inundated the social media with photos of the former SSG who eventually contested the 2018 poll under the platform of the African Democratic Party (ADP) to which he had defected.
Adeoti has returned to the APC and is believed to be making moves to return to the field to contest.
While Yussuf did not quit the APC in 2018, he was believed to have looked away while some people actually suspected he worked against the interest of the candidate, Oyetola.
Party leaders and members are said to be worried over the capacity of Oyetola to win a re-election with the alleged polarization of the party under his three year in office.
Already, the party is divided between The Osun Progressives and the Ileri Oluwa Group.
While The Osun Progressives, now popular as TOP in the state and beyond is populated by those opposed to the alleged lopsided manner of party affairs and perceived poor performance of the governor, the Ileri Oluwa is said to be the camp of the Governor.
However, since TOP emerged as a group in June this year, all have not been the same within the party as aggrieved members are said to be moving in droves.
“Ileri Oluwa is loosing members everyday. TOP is growing,” said a member of the executive council serving as Special Adviser under Oyetola who however pleaded not to be named.
The Special Adviser said but for TOP, most members of the party would have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party.
Of major concern is that many members believe that the silence of former governor and current Minister Rauf Aregbesola spells doom for the party.
The emergence of two aspirants is said be causing ripples among officials of the Oyetola government some of who are said to be of the opinion that the governor needs to make up with Aregbesola and other stakeholders within the party.