..reveals why APC lost to Adeleke in Osun Guber poll
internal crisis in the state chapter of the APC caused the defeat of Governor Oyetola by Adeleke of the PDP
A former deputy governor of Osun State, Benedict Alabi, has identified reasons for the defeat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2022 governorship election of the state.
Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the election, ending 12 years of APC rule in the state. The PDP repeated the feat when it swept the poll in the 2023 general election.
Mr Alabi said an intractable internal crisis in the state chapter of the APC caused their loss, saying it was not because the people of the state were fed up with the administration of former governor Gboyega Oyetola.
Mr Alabi said the only way to reclaim the state from the PDP is for all the factions in the APC to come together to form a united party.
Alabi said he is willing to lead the reconciliatory move to reunite the aggrieved members of the party.
Mr Alabi said he has the qualities to reconcile the aggrieved members of the party because he does not belong to any of the factions.
“If I am given the opportunity to reunite the party, it is not a difficult task. We have very large followers and our people are satisfied with little things. What they want from you is for you to carry them along in whatever you are doing and give them recognition, and wherever it is possible, give them the dividends of democracy in terms of assistance in one way or the other. That is what they require, recognitions especially,” he said
“If I have the opportunity of reuniting the party, I will carry all and sundry along in the decision making. I will reach out to all the factions, whatever it will take for them to come back. United we stand, divided we fall,” he added.
“I will be in touch with the gladiators to let them realise that we need to work together. If I am given the opportunity, I don’t see any problem in coming together, now we have seen it and it will be easy and I thank God that I have the pedigree to do that.
“The structures are there, I know who and who to reach out to and what button to press. If I am given that opportunity, having been a contestant for governorship before and also being the deputy governor of the state, I belong to no faction, I belong to the party and that is where I still remain till tomorrow.”