By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Osun Progressives (TOP), a caucus within the All Progressives Party (APC), Osun State chapter said Alhaji Moshood Adeoti has been picked to contest with Governor Gboyega Oyetola in the February 19, 2022 primary election of the party.
Secretary of TOP, Mr. Lani Baderinwa confirmed this to Western Post in an exclusive interview in Osogbo.
According to Baderinwa, Adeoti emerged from the three aspirants who were with the group after a rigorous selection process.
The three aspirants are former Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Najeem Salam, former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuf and Adeoti, who was a former Secretary to Osun State Government.
He said: “After rigorous selection process, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti emerged from amongst the three aspirants who are with us. So, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti is our choice and we are confident he will win a fair and free contest.
“Adeoti is a grassroots politician. He is a party man to the core. He is well tutored politically. He is from the West Senatorial District that has suffered untold marginalisation in the governance of Osun since creation.
“He is bold and courageous. He could be very loyal and resilient. He may have his personal foibles, like all humans but his positive attributes outweigh his negativity.”
Speaking on the eligibility of Lasun Yusuf to participate in the party’s primary, Baderinwa said: “It is Hon. Lasun Yusuf ‘s inalienable rights to contest but he would be doing it on his own. He won’t be contesting as TOP aspirant.”
When asked if the group will hold a separate primary election, the TOP scribe said: “No. There can only be one primary election to be conducted by the national secretariat and we are participating. We hope the national secretariat will provide level playing ground for all aspirants. This is key to the essence of the exercise.”
Baderinwa said his group would abide by any form of primary adopted by the party.
He said: “Direct primary option is one of the ways set by party constitution in picking a candidate. We used it for Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s nomination in 2018 and Ekiti State recently used it.
“As a loyal party member, whatever the National directed that we do is okay by me, though it has its vulnerability like the other options.”
Speaking on if the group will support any candidate that emerge from the primary, the TOP’s scribe said it all depends on the circumstances of the time.
“Whosoever that thinks he doesn’t need my support would never have it. I can’t go to anybody to let me support him. It’s a matter of personal choice. In any case, we will cross the bridge when we get there,” he stated.