2023: Aregbesola blasts those calling Osinbajo Betrayal
A based legal practitioner and public affairs analyst, Sola Aregbesola has described as unfair and strange tagging the vice president ,Prof. Yemi Osinbajo a betrayal following his declaration to contest for President ahead of 2023 elections.
Osinbajo had officially shown interest to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari whose tenure ends in 2023.
His declaration had however been trailed with mixed reactions as some Nigerians now described Osinbajo as betrayal having shown interest to be President against his political godfather, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Reacting in a chat with newsmen in Akure, the Ondo state capital, Aregbesola said such development was strange and undemocratic.
Aregbesola said: “It is unfortunate that people are calling Vice president osinbajo a betrayal. He has not done anything wrong and absolutely not wrong. It is right or the right of anybody to aspire to be President of this country. Aspiration is one thing ,realisation of what is aspired is another thing.
“No one has the right to say others are not entitled to it. I think that’s one of the things that tied Lagos down in spite of the economic viability that is attached to Lagos. But politically, lagos is tied down because the politicians there are not free to choose and pick and to decide who they want.
“So if Bourdilon does not say or approve it, nobody should speak. That’s not democracy.
“That is one of the reasons I believe that Lagos needs to be liberated from the political jugular of one person or a small group of people. It can not happen in Ondo State.
“When Oluwarotimi Akeredolu was contesting, I remember that five aspirants from Owo, his own home town showed interest and also battled him to the last point. The man (Akeredolu )did not talk of anyone betraying him. It means that if there are certain things you should do and if you don’t do it, they will be waiting for you on election day.
So if our own Rotimi Akeredolu could wallow though that and succeeded in getting the second term, why not others.
But here, we are talking about Federal Republic of Nigeria that has 36 states and the FCT.
Assuming it eventually zoned to the southwest, would they say Lagos, or Ibadan or Osun ? No. They won’t say a particular state. It will now left for the political leaders from the Southwest to sit and decide on who to send.
When Obasanjo was chosen in 1999, nobody consulted the southwest. They just brought him out and he was elected. That’s why the party that brought him out did not do well in the southwest.
But when baba wanted the second term, he got himself in politics and got reelected.
Betrayal is a very strange language in politics except where they swore to an oath or something that they have taken oath of secrecy.”