Former governor of Osun state and ex-interior minister, Rauf Aregbesola, Tuesday launched the Omoluabi Caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
A statement by his Media Adviser, Sola Fasure, explained that the caucus launched at Ilesa is not a faction of the APC but a union of like-minds in the state.
According to him, members of the caucus were drawn from each of the 332 wards in the state and were represented by five members from each of the local governments in the state.
He said. “We are not a faction. We are the genuine foundation members of the party and we have no intention of abandoning the ship of the party as it navigates the most turbulent waters. We are no sprinters, but long-distance runners and we will still be standing when all the fair-weathers have gone,” he explained.
“A political party is an agglomeration of interests and tendencies. Reading well from the United States where we borrowed the presidential system, we can see that the Republican Party is made up of big businesses, nationalists, religious right, and others. The Democratic Party, on the other hand, is composed of welfarists, labor unions, ethnic and sexual minorities, and others.
“They are together in the party because their interests are broadly similar and they believe the party is the right vehicle for them to realize their goals. Sometimes they compete and clash, but for the most part, they cooperate and form strong bonds to give their party victory in every election cycle. The party loses any time this bond is broken,” he said.
Aregbesola also stated that the launch of the Omoluabi Caucus is to renew their path in progressive politics as inherited from Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Bola Ige, amongst other progressives who epitomize the Omoluabi ethos, noting that the loss of the party in the state can be traced to the departure from these progressive ideals, but revealing that it will bounce back to its winning ways.
He said, “What we have come to do here today is to renew our commitment to the path of progressive ideology and politics as inherited from our great past heroes, beginning from Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Michael Adekunle Ajasin, Chief Abraham Adesanya, Chief Bola Ige and others in the pantheon of progressive politics too numerous to mention.
“Emerging from the ashes of the near annihilation of our party in the governorship election of 2022 and the general election earlier this year, we should rise and renew our strength and reclaim our place in the political firmament in Osun.
“We have been at this juncture before, after the 2003 election in which our party lost the stakes and was at its nadir in the state. At that point, like-minded progressives under the banner of Oranmiyan emerged to begin a movement that mobilized our members and the people of the state into a veritable electoral machine that won the 2007 governorship election which ushered an epoch-making two-term administration in the state and handed over to a successor from our party,” Aregbesola stated.
After the formal launch of the caucus, the group adopted its charter which includes; Progressivism, Omoluabi Ethos, Discipline, Competence, and Inclusivity as its core values.