Report reaching oyoaffairs.net says Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola visited former governor, Rashidi Ladoja at his Ondo street, Bodija, Ibadan residence early Monday morning.
According to a source, the Aregbesola’s visit was not unconnected from his enstranged former leader’s visit to Oyo state last weekend, who may have likely had ulterior motives of consulting for his presidential ambition ahead of 2023 elections.
Th details of the meeting which reportedly started around 9 and lasted till 11 am, behind closed doors are still sketchy.
Another source said Aregbesola who was accompanied by Bola Ilori, his Chief of Staff, visited Ladoja, to seek his support for Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President, to emerge as Muhammadu Buhari’s successor.
Ladoja, was spotted wearing white jalabia, walking the duo to their car at the end of the meeting.
Recall that Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu had visited Oyo state on Saturday, to pay condolence visit to the state government and Gov. Makinde over the death of Oba Jimoh Oyewumi, Soun of Ogbomoso; Oba Saliu Adetunji, Olubadan of Ibadan and former governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala.
Meanwhile, Aregbesola, after leaving Ladoja’s house, later addressed senior officers at the Agodi Custodial Centre of the Nigerian Correctional Service as part of an official inspection tour of the facility on Monday.
However, a source close to Ladoja, who spoke to this news medium and begged not to be named, quoted Ladoja as appealing to Aregbesola to reconcile with Tinubu, instead of allowing the crisis to fester.
There have been insinuations that Tinubu and Aregbesola are no longer together and the former Osun governor has been avoiding him, due to the events that led up to the election of Gboyega Oyetola as his successor.
While Asiwaju Tinubu was on his Oyo visit, Aregbesola was in Osun where he openly declared that the ruling APC, in Osun is sharply divided, .
Aregbesola, at the commissioning of the Digital Nigeria Centre (DNC) at Ijesa Muslim Grammar School, Ilesa, had reportedly confirmed the existence two factions in Osun APC: one chaired by Rasaq Salinsile and the other chaired by Gboyega Famodun who is loyal to Oyetola.
Before Aregbesola visited the state, Oyetola’s spokesperson, Ismail Omipidan, had said on a radio programme, that Aregbesola was not in support of an Anti-Oyetola Group – The Osun Progressives, TOP, adding that the absence of Ilesa-born minister at the meeting of the caucus with the Senator Abdulahi Adamu-led National Reconciliation Committee was a proof that The Osun Progressives (TOP) members had been acting without the support of Aregbesola.