The trouncing of the APC by the PDP in Ekiti State last Saturday has set the national leadership of the party in panic mode with self-styled leader of the party Asiwaju Bola Tinubu leader the new National Chairman, John Oyegun to plead with former Osun State Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola to help in boosting the dwindling chances of the party ahead of August governorship election in Osun State.
Tinubu had masterminded the removal of Oyinlola as governor three years into his second term. The alleged judicial manipulation has been a subject of litigation and investigation, with Prince Oyinlola insisting that former President of Court of Appeal, Justice Salami (retired) was in constant touch with Tinubu via telephone leading to his ouster.
Tinubu and Oyegun at the desperate fence mending meeting appealed to Oyinlola to accept their plea, offering him key positions in the state government to be formed by Aregbesola, should he be re-elected and the national government, should APC defeat Jonathan.
The APC leadership it was gathered, offered on behalf of Aregbesola, four commissionership posts, three special advisers posts and a host of special assistants positions. For the commissionership posts, one would be for a key grade A Ministry.
Oyegun, who spoke first, at the meeting said: “The APC knows that you are the National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party in the face of the law. But we want you to be a part of our new movement.”
Speaking after Oyegun, Tinubu reportedly shared the same vein with Oyegun, acknowledging Oyinlola’s leadership qualities.
In his response, Oyinlola thanked the leaders of the APC for their visit and acknowledgement, promising to make consultations with his followers over the meeting with the APC.
Oyinlola, who acknowledged that he remained a Peoples Democratic Party member, said he would fight the case of his removal as National Secretary of the ruling party to a logical conclusion.
The defeat of Tinubu’s crony, the outgoing Ekiti State Governor shocked the APC political godfather who is now desperate to retain his sphere of influence and bargaining block in the APC. Aregbesola is one of Tinubu’s closest associates, having served him as a commissioner in Lagos State.