Adewale Adetoyese, Osun
The immediate past Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has mocked the recent defection of Senator Iyiola Omisore into the All Progressives Congress (APC), stating that murderers can join the party.
EyewitnessMedia gathered that Ogbeni Aregbesola who currently serves as the Minister of Interior, said this on Friday, after taking part in the APC’s ongoing revalidation exercise at Ifofin, Ward 8, Ilesa East Local Government of Osun State.
“Though the constitution allows everyone to register as a member of any political party, even if they are suspects, murderers, character assassinators etc, but those who constitute majority of the party membership must represent the core values of the party. What distinguishes us are the values we hold. We value social democracy, to a large extent liberal democracy and progressivism.
“There must be a clear distinction between jolly good fellows and fair weather friends who will still leave our party when they sense a better opportunity elsewhere. In associating with individuals, who you are, your character and world view must come to play.
“More importantly, we must honour the memory of our father, Chief Bola Ige and what he stands for which includes, compassion, commitment to the good of the majority and ideas that will bring good life, happiness, progress and security for the people.
Senator Omisore was sometimes arrested and tried in connection with the murder of the former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Chief Bola Ige.
Although he (Omisore) was never convicted for the crime, Aregbesola and some other politicians in Osun State have always tag him as a murderer.