Former Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has reiterated his commitment to progressive ideals and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State.
He affirmed his dedication to the party during the launch of the Omoluabi Caucus of the APC in Ilesa.
Addressing the criticism surrounding his appointment, Aregbesola emphasized that political parties comprise various interests and tendencies.
He described the Omoluabi Caucus as a group of like-minded individuals within the APC in the state, asserting that it is not a faction but rather an alliance of individuals who share similar values.
Aregbesola clarified that his caucus is deeply committed to the APC, even during challenging times. He likened the caucus to long-distance runners, indicating their steadfastness amidst adversity. He acknowledged the existence of different caucuses within the party and stressed the importance of unity to achieve electoral success.
He drew parallels with the United States’ political landscape, explaining that parties are composed of diverse groups with aligned interests. Aregbesola highlighted the significance of cooperation among these groups to secure electoral victories. He stated that parties face setbacks when this cooperation falters.
Aregbesola also addressed the loss of progressive ideals within the APC in the state and its impact on the party’s performance. He expressed optimism that the Omoluabi Caucus would help steer the party back to its winning ways by returning to the values upheld by notable figures in progressive politics.
The newly formed caucus adopted core values including progressivism, Omoluabi ethos (a Yoruba belief system), discipline, competence, and inclusivity. The caucus is comprised of members from each of the 332 wards in the state, representing various local governments.