A faction of the Osun State All Progressives Congress, The Osun Progressives TOP, has said it remained committed to the ideals of the party and would work to ensure that the party emerged victorious on Saturday.
The group loyal to the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, had been at war with Governor Gboyega Oyetola after he fell out with the minister, who is his predecessor.
TOP’s statement is coming 24 hours after a Federal high court in Abuja dismissed a suit filed by Mr Adeoti challenging the nomination of Mr Oyetola as the governorship candidate of the party.
The group’s position was made known by a chieftain of the party and former commissioner in the state, Sikiru Ayedun.
“As the Osun Governorship Election comes up tomorrow, we The Osun Progressives (TOP) have been inundated with calls, questions and demands for our position by the media and our supporters and enthusiasts,” the group said.
“Nevertheless, we remain unflinching members of our party, the All Progressives Congress and stand by its ideals, irrespective of our travails or even the outcome of tomorrow’s election.
“We are long-distance runners and will not abandon the ship of our party, in calm or stormy waters.”
The group lamented that the Oyetola-led government excluded Mr Aregbesola from all arrangements regarding the campaigns.
““The policy of exclusion in Osun APC is so deep that Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who is the immediate past governor of the state and the current minister from the state, was neither consulted, invited nor included in any party matter, the most recent of which is the APC’s Osun Campaign Council for this election.
“This posturing has riven the party,” the group noted.
“Fundamentally, we are unabashedly democrats of the progressive hue. We live its credo and our entire being is in it.”