Amidst evolving dynamics within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun state, loyalists of former minister Rauf Aregbesola have undertaken a significant rebranding initiative. Their faction, previously known for its alignment with Aregbesola, has adopted the new name “Omoluabi caucus.”

This strategic move comes alongside a decisive step to disassociate themselves from a group of around seventy-nine members. These individuals had been appointed as caretaker committee members for local government areas across the state by Governor Ademola Adeleke.

The Aregbesola loyalists’ history of opposition to the reelection of ex-governor Adegboyega Oyetola was evident through their affiliation with the faction named “The Osun Progressives (TOP).” However, this faction faced dissolution in December 2023, following the decision of one of their leaders, Najeem Salam, a former speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly.

In a recent and notable development, Adelowo Adebiyi, the chairman of the erstwhile faction, officially announced the transition to the new identity, Omoluabi caucus, through a statement issued on Thursday. This rebranding reflects the faction’s renewed positioning within the political landscape of Osun state.

The statement reads: “We wish to state that whosoever that has been appointed into political offices by the Adeleke’s administration got such, practically on his or her individual’s connection and influence, and not on behalf of Omoluabi, or as compensation for defunct The Osun Progress (TOP) or Omoluabi caucus.

“We restated unequivocally that at no time did the defunct TOP enter into any agreement with the PDP to work for it; which might warrant the erroneous compensation as being falsely spread by the mischief makers. Those who feel strongly about their individual interests couldn’t be stopped from pursuing such, hence the situation whereby some of them accepted to serve in the PDP government.

He noted that: “We restate our commitment to the APC. On behalf of our Patron, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, we thank all those who had been steadfast and absolutely loyal within our tendency and urge all members to start the mobilisation work of politicians and voters in earnest for the APC, our party ahead of future elections.”

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