2019: Why I Turned Down Senatorial Ticket – Aregbesola

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Outgoing Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has disclosed why he turned down the Osun East senatorial ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2019 election.

Aregbesola, whose second term as governor expires on November 27, said he decided against picking up the senatorial ticket so that he could rest after eight years of being Osun governor.

The governor disclosed this at his last interactive session with the people of Osun in an event tagged #OgbeniTillDayBreak.

The event which held at the WOCDIF Centre in Osogbo, had in attendance the Governor-Elect, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, Deputy Governor, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori, Deputy Governor-Elect, Benedict Gboyega Alabi, Chairman, APC in the State of Osun, Prince Gboyega Famodun and other top government functionaries.

Aregbesola also had a media chat with journalists in the state.

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Explaining his decision not to seek senatorial seat in 2019, the governor said:

Aregbesola showered praise on his deputy, Otunba Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori for being a pillar of support.

He said:

Speaking on the successes of his administration, Aregbesola said:

Also, Aregbesola said he has no regrets for his policy decisions, some of which pitched him against the people of the state, and would continue along the same line if given another opportunity.

He said:

In the same vein, Aregbesola dispelled rumours of a rift with his incoming successor, Gboyega Oyetola.

He said:

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John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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