All eyes are on Osun State, South-West Nigeria today as the All Progressive Congress holds its governorship primaries.
Three aspirants jostling for the ticket of the party are incumbent Governor Gboyega Isiaka, former Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti and former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuf.
The last two weeks have witnessed tensed atmosphere with each of the aspirants, especially Oyetola and Adeoti, moving around the state to seek party members’ support.
NPO Reports tensions across the state as the camps of Oyetola and Adeoti are poised for a supremacy battle.
There have been violence in some parts of the state in the last two weeks. The spread of violence have created panic in the minds of the residents as warring intra-APC contenders engage one another.
Some gunmen had two weeks ago, stormed the Oranmiyan House old campaign office of former Governor Rauf Aregbesola and made efforts to burn it down.
Some party faithful had also scampered for safety in Kuta, a town in Ayedire Local Government Area when violence broke out and people were shot and macheted.
Monarch of Kuta, Oba Hammed Adekunle Oyelude had cried out on Friday that politicians were piling up arms for the governorship primaries.
The APC is divided into two – The Osun Progressives (TOP) and the Ileri Oluwa.
While TOP has the backing of former Governor and Minister of Interior, Aregbesola, the Ileri Oluwa camp is led by incumbent Oyetola, who also has the backing of the APC leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Both Adeoti and Yusuf are contesting from the flank of the TOP.