The Osun State Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Stephen Kola-Balogun, on Saturday refuted the claims of Lagos-based lawyer, Fred Agbaje, that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, had lost relevance in the politics of the
Agbaje had, in an interview said if Tinubu was still relevant to the people of the region, the APC would not have lost the Ekiti State governorship election.
He added that the era of taking voters for granted and imposing
candidates on them had gone and that if care was not taken, the APC
would also lose more states in the region.
Reacting to Agbaje’s assertion, Kola-Balogun said it was wrong to
equate the loss of control of Ekiti State to loss of control of Yorubaland.
He noted that Agbaje’s claim could only become valid if the APC loses
Osun State, which he described as the heart of Yorubaland.
He said, “Fred got it wrong, with due respect to him. He is over
reacting. With respect to the Ekiti election, Ekiti is just one group of
“In Osun, we have an important election coming up in about five weeks.
Osun is at the heart of Yorubaland. In Osun State we have Osogbo, Iwo,
Ile- Ife, Ede, Ilesha, and Ila and other large towns.
“It is when we lose a state like Osun that you can you can say the APC
or Tinubu is losing a grip of Yorubaland.
“Any party that loses Osun State has lost the heart of Yorubaland. You
can’t say because the APC lost Ekiti, then Tinubu has lost control of
Yorubaland. Ekiti State is made up of just one people, the Ekiti people,