Drama as Aregbesola refuses to shake hands with Omisore in Lagos
A mild drama reportedly broke down at the Friday meeting of South-West leaders and presidential aspirants on the platform of All Progressives Congress.
The Punch newspaper reported earlier today that the Friday meeting almost turned sore as the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, pointedly refused to shake the party’s National Secretary, Iyiola Omisore’s hand or sit next to him and Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola.
The newspaper reported that: “The meeting was convened by the former interim National Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande, and a former governor of Ogun State, Chief Segun Osoba.
“The crisis between Aregbesola and Oyetola became public knowledge after the minister opposed the governor’s second term bid.”
It stressed that: “When Aregbesola was about to have his seat at the meeting, he asked the Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, “Governor of Lagos, where is my seat?”
“Sanwo-Olu replied, ‘Sir, (it is) beside Baba – Omisore.”
According to the newspaper, “After Aregbesola’s objection, others at the meeting subsequently intervened by declaring free sitting in a short video that surfaced online.”
“However , Aregbesola greeted Bola Tinubu and was embraced by both Akande and Osoba, including others, when he arrived at the meeting.
“Aregbesola was expected to sit down next to Omisore and Oyetola, but he refused to associate with them, deciding instead to sit far off.
“Attempts by the elders to make Aregbesola change his mind proved abortive as he said he didn’t want to be associated with Omisore,” a source at the meeting was quoted by the newspaper as saying.
When contacted on Saturday by the newspaper, Sola Fasure, the Media Adviser to Aregbesola, said he could not comment on the matter because he was not at the meeting.
The meeting was reportedly convened by the former interim National Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande, and a former governor of Ogun State, Chief Segun Osoba.
Also at the meeting were the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Chief Niyi Adebayo; governors Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo, and Dapo Abiodun of Ogun.
Others include a former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel; a former Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Moses Adeyemo; and a former National Vice Chairman of the APC, South-West Zone, Chief Pius Akinyelure.
At the meeting, Akande called on all aspirants and governors to ensure that they carry on with their campaigns with decorum.
The APC chieftain was said to have called on them to put the interest of the South-West first and ensure that they would not lose the ticket at the primary, which comes up at the end of the month.