An APC chieftain in Osun state and former Senior Special Adviser, Information & Strategy, to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa has taken a swipe at another chieftain in the state, Alhaji Fatai Diekola Oyedele over claims that the later brought Governor Aregbesola to limelight in the state.
In a statement he signed and made available to newsmen on Monday, Baderinwa said Mr. Diekola is a cheap blackmailer who has set out to soil the good name of the governor with lies.
“Our attention has been drawn to a reckless statement credited to one Alhaji Fatai Diekola Oyedele in which he claimed that he brought Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to Osun and that he will send him back to Lagos.”
“We say that this claim is a fallacy of the highest order and over estimation of his person and political power.”
“Rather than tell lie of the story, Alhaji Oyedele should have shown modesty and tell the story as it is.”
“Alhaji Oyedele was brought into Rauf Aregbesola Campaign Team when he was, like several others, kicked out of PDP in 2006.”
“As at that time, Aregbesola was firmly on the ground in Osun political firmament as he had done several rounds of consultations with real politicians and may we note that it amounted to arrogance to say he would send Ogbeni back to Lagos when he cannot do a street walk with him in Osogbo his hometown. If it is popularity, Ogbeni has it because he has shown that he was not selfish and greedy.”
“Aregbesola’s acceptability ratings were a soar away as he put together, a most formidable campaign organisation which he named Oranmiyan.”
“The Oranmiyan Movement which has members in all parts of the state was launched epochally in Osogbo despite the incumbent government’s machinations to stop it.”
“Alhaji Diekola Oyedele and his ilk were still in PDP all of these times battling to save their membership while some of them were out-doing each other in the bid to stop Aregbesola as a mark of loyalty to the PDP government.”
“The story of Rauf Aregbesola’s entry in to Osun politics is far beyond the scope of some self-serving individuals whom Ogbeni gave leverage to, health and political wise. It is immodest for Alhaji Oyedele to make a claim which he is very far from as he was nowhere near the setting which threw up Aregbesola.”
“Oyedele was a mere beneficiary of Ogbeni’s larger heartedness and it is painful that he is turning round to bite the finger that fed him.”