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Aregbesola/Oyetola Face-Off: Osun NASS Members Stops Anniversary Lecture

Story By Akinola Emmanuel

Members of the national assembly from Osun state APC have decided to call off their public lecture scheduled to hold Friday 27th November 2020 following the dust the event has raised.

The legislators have scheduled a public lecture as their own form of contribution to the two years celebration of the Gboyega Oyetola administration in the State.

The legislators have earlier agreed to the topic of the lecture as “Ten years of
uninterrupted progressive government in Osun” and according to the legislators,
it was a ‘form of social awareness and sensitization of the good people of Osun to know and appreciate the concepts and benefits of the states administration under our progressive party’ ,But unknown to the lawmakers, their innocent contribution was not well received in some circle where the legislators efforts were seen as disruptive to the activities marking the two years of the governor in office.

This has generated a lot of undercurrents of misgivings which contributed in
sponsorship of stories in the newspapers alleging that the legislators may be
planning to cause civil unrest.

The decision to have the public lecture was taken on Tuesday 17th November, 2020 by the caucus in a meeting held in the Office of Senator Oriolowo at the
Senate Wing of the National Assembly at about 4pm.

The meeting decided that it was necessary to sustain the gains of an earlier
solidarity visit to the Governor by following up with the public lecture.

At the meeting, Senator Oriolowo and Hon. L. B. Ayeni were nominated to liase
with key stakeholders like Chief Bisi Akande, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Governor
Gboyega Oyetola, Prince Gboyega Famodun. Hon Taiwo Oluga was expected to
tidy up the use of one of the two facilities nominated at the meeting, namely:
the Centre for Black Culture or the WOCDIF building.

Therefore, the lecture was a decision of the legislators and not organised by
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola as falsely reported by some sections of the media,
traditional and social.

To err on the side of peace and to defer to different interventions by party
leaders at the national level, particularly, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the
legislators have decided to step down the lecture so as to make room for party
cohesion.

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