By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
A former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Rotimi Makinde, has revealed how he visited many prominent Nigerians seeking their intervention to end the disagreement between former Osun State Governor and Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, and his successor, Adegboyega Oyetola, due to his belief in unity.
Makinde, who represented Ife Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives between 2011 and 2015, stated this while declaring his intention to contest the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the same constituency in the 2023 election, on Monday.
According to him, when he observed disagreement between Aregbesola and Oyetola, he met the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; and Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, seeking their assistance to resolve the disagreement.
“Even before I indicated my ambition, you will never see me attempting to bootlick to impress Governor Oyetola, to write or speak against Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. I am an apostle of peace.
“That is why I did everything to ensure peace. I went to Alaafin of Oyo, I was with Baba Adeboye, I went to Eleko of Eko, I went to Ooni of Ife, all in a bid to make sure we close ranks. As I stated then, what we need is unity. I am for Oyetola and I am close to him,” Makinde said.
On his relationship with the APC National Secretary, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Makinde admitted that he used to have a rough relationship with the former deputy governor when they were in different parties.
He, however, said the influence of Omisore in Osun politics would be beneficial to APC in the state and Ife Federal Constituency, expressing the belief that the APC National Secretary would support his ambition to return to the House of Representatives.
If given the APC ticket, Makinde said his achievements while in office in the area of provision of amenities for rural dwellers, empowerment for youth and women, as well as sponsorship of bills that had impacted positively on people’s lives, would count in his favour and ensure his victory in the main election.