A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain from Osun Central Senatorial District has expressed shock over the growing popularity of the Action Congress torch-bearer in the state, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola.
The party chieftain had, at a meeting in his house, show his bewilderment on how the astute politician has been able to surpass the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola’s popularity among the state populace, despite availability of state machinery with the latter.
The meeting, according to a source close to the party big-wig, was summoned to strategize on how to garner support for the embattled governor in case of any eventuality in the gubernatorial litigation before the Court of Appeal in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
According to the source, the elderly politician was infuriated at the gathering, saying that all the politicians that benefitted from the PDP-led administration in the state were doing nothing to endear the party to the people.
He was also reported to have stated at the meeting that even the governor, who happens to be the party leader in the state had failed to instil unity in the party, as he has invested state and party resources in his battle against Aregbesola and his supporters.
The source also hinted that though the PDP chieftain had a lot of respect for Aregbesola, whom he said he (chief) had met on several occasions, but had always pondered on how the man had successfully endeared himself, leading to so much acceptance among the masses of the state, even without having held any public office in the state.
OSUN DEFENDER investigations however revealed that the meeting held at the party chieftain’s housemight not be unconnected with the plans by some PDP members to decamp to the Action Congress as a result of numerous PDP’s failure in the state.
It was also revealed that the elderly politician had always had admiration for the charismatic Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, who he said, had introduced a new dimension to the politics of the state since he appeared on the scene in 2005.
By SHINA ABUBAKAR