It is no longer news that Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State and his predecessor, Rauf Aregbesola, have had difficulty resolving their differences in the state.
The party’s leaders are battling each other for control of the party. The schisms between the leaders might hurt the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor Oyetola’s chances of winning the state’s governorship election.
Governor Oyetola, on the other hand, will need to employ some political techniques in order to get the party’s governorship ticket and win the state’s general election.
Giving political appointments to those members of the party who are loyal to the former Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, is one technique the Governor might use to win his second term as Governor.
It should be remembered that Aregbesola founded The Osun Progressives group, also known as “TOP” in the state.
If any prominent members of the party from Aregbesola’s group were given lucrative positions in Oyetola’s administration before the 2022 Governorship election, the Governor would have an easier time gaining Aregbesola’s support.
Though Governor Oyetola may find it difficult to win the hearts and minds of members of Aregbesola’s side, if he can incorporate the strategy of engaging Aregbesola’s followers into his government, he would have no trouble winning his second term governorship election.
In politics, there are no permanent opponents, only mutual interests. According to reports, the bulk of Aregbesola’s faction leaders were denied appointments in Oyetola’s administration.
Another political strategy that Governor Oyetola can use to achieve his governorship ambition in 2022 is to reverse most of his already-implemented programs and follow Aregbesola’s programmatic pattern in the state.
As previously reported, Governor Oyetola restructured Aregbesola’s executed programs and introduced a new pattern of programs.
The solitary uniform, which is worn by all secondary and primary school pupils in the state, is one of Aregbesola’s programs that the Governor Oyetola administration modified.
It may be possible for the governor to reconcile with Aregbesola before the state’s next governorship election if he can reverse most of his programs and follow the pattern of Aregbesola’s implemented programs.
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