Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State has lauded Osun as the most peaceful state in the country, saying that the insinuations of violence making the rounds were mere speculations.
There were speculations in the build-up to the State’s primary election of the All Progressive Congress, of a possible onslaught by the members of the splinter group within the Party called The Osun Progressives (TOP).
Reports from the ongoing Osun APC governorship primaries indicate that the governor of the state, Gboyega Oyetola is leading the candidate of ex-governor, Rauf Aregbesola, Mr Adeoti.
This is coming after Aregbesola openly declared war against the incumbent governor last weekend, while stating that he has gone against the party in the state.
The group, comprising of loyalists of the immediate past governor and current Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, had produced two aspirants: Alhaji Moshood Adeoti who was a former Secretary to the State Government, and Hobourable Lasun Yusuff, a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives. However, Adeoti was preferred by Aregbesola.
But speaking during the exercise at Boripe Ward 1, St. Peter’s Primary School, Olotin, Oyetola commended Party members for exemplifying the peaceful demeanour that Osun was known for.
He however appealed to citizens across the State to maintain peace and decorum, adding that elections should not be a battle.
“I want to appeal to all our people across the State to maintain peace. Election process should not be a battle field or a do-or-die affair. Let everyone exercise his/her choice in determining who represents them at the Party level and ultimately at the general elections.
“So far so good, I think this process has gone well contrary to the speculation of violence. We have been in contact with a number of places and we have received positive signals of peace.
“Really, I don’t see why choosing a candidate to represent the Party should bring violence”, he said.
Oyetola also expressed confidence that he will emerge victorious, adding that losing was not an option for a man commissioned by God for an assignment.