Osun APC crisis: Islamic cleric urges Tinubu to reconcile warring factions
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Osun APC crisis: Islamic cleric urges Tinubu to reconcile warring factions

President Bola Tinubu has been urged on to prevail upon the warring factions and reconcile all tendencies within the All Progressives Congress, APC in Osun State.

The call was made by the Grand Mufti of Yorubaland, Edo, and Delta, Sheikh Daood Imran Molaasan, on Tuesday in Iwo.

Molaasan also said calling for peace within the Osun APC will unite both the immediate past Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola and his predecessor, Adegboyega Oyetola.

The Islamic cleric also held that peace would put a stop to misinformation and bitter politics being played by certain individuals and organisations.

The Osun APC chapter has been torn between factions supporting both Aregbesola and Oyetola.

The Aregbesola faction is made up of The Osun Progressives, TOP while the Oyetola faction is made up of IleriOluwa group.

Political pundits analyse that the party’s defeat during the 2022 Osun gubernatorial election and the 2023 general elections was attributed to the quarrel between both men.

According to the statement made available to journalists, the cleric also chided the Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC for what he described as an unguarded statement and uninformed comment on the rift between Aregbesola and Oyetola.

The cleric urged Muslims in Osun and South-West in general to ignore the statement released by the Executive Director of MURIC, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, where he declared that Aregbesola was guilty in the rift between him and Oyetola.

“Akintola’s comment was unbecoming of a professor, an informed personality, and somebody who wants to broker peace between two warring Muslim brothers.

“On what went wrong between Aregbesola and Oyetola, nobody understands it better than us. I was actively involved. Aregbesola was not at fault. It was those supporting Oyetola, because of their interest, that led him astray. And in Osun today, Aregbesola is a factor.

“How can you ask whoever is seeking an appointment or any government opportunities to swear to make an enemy of Aregbesola before he or she can be considered?”

He maintained that Oyetola’s actions as governor were offensive to many Muslims and his policies equally upturned many things Aregbesola did for the benefit of Muslims when he did not know the ideology behind them.

“Neither Aregbesola nor Oyetola represents the Muslim Ummah. They represent their party. If Muslim Ummah wants relevance, let them be active in politics. So, on Osun, blame Oyetola, not Aregbesola.

“It is unfortunate that Prof. Ishaq Akintola of MURIC could come out to make a comment on something he does not know about. His comment on the rift between Aregbesola and Oyetola shows that he is not informed, or rather, is being economical with the truth. That is unbecoming of a profession, or an informed personality, or somebody who wants to broker peace between two warring Muslim brothers.”

MURIC, through its Executive Director, Akintola, had criticised Aregbesola for not backing Oyetola as the only Muslim governor in the Southwest.