After Mocking Tinubu For ‘Urinating On Himself’ Former Minister Begs For Forgiveness
Rauf Aregbesola, the immediate past Minister of Interior, has returned to Osun State, saying he has come back to restructure the All Progressives Congress, APC, and to beg for forgiveness from all those he offended.
Specifically, Aregbesola, who was Osun Governor between 2010 and 2018, on Wednesday, at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park via Old Garage, Osogbo, while addressing residents of the state, thanked President Bola Tinubu, saying he is the “architect of my success.”
Aregbesola added that it was with the help of God and “the support of Asiwaju, I was able to excel as a governor for 8 years even though it was not easy.”
It was reported in February 2022 that in the heat of the rundown to the Osun State Governorship election where Gboyega Oyetola then was seeking reelection and backed by Tinubu, Aregbesola had mocked the duo at a programme in the Oriade Local Government Area.
Aregbesola while castigating Tinubu had said, “Won ti n to ara” which is translated in English “they’re already urinating on themselves.”
The comment came days after Tinubu was seen in a viral video with suspected pee stains on his cloth during a visit to a monarch in Ogun State, the Awujale of Ijebuland.
Tinubu, who was seated on a black leather couch alongside some other party stalwarts had risen to give a speech but his attire had soaked from behind, particularly at the butt area.
The politician’s security aide was seen constantly holding his nose while looking at the wet area as another woman immediately wore her face mask as the Asiwaju rose up to speak.
The APC in Osun had had two factions: one was loyal to Aregbesola while the other was to Oyetola who eventually lost the reelection bid.
But speaking on Wednesday, Aregbesola had some nice words for President Tinubu in a desperate bid to seek forgiveness.
He said: “I have not returned to Osun for animosity or acrimony but reconciliation of our party. I have come here today to beg for forgiveness from anybody who is offended towards me.
“The reason why people are applauding me over my successes in Osun today was because of the great work I did when I was in government and those who turned themselves into enemies today, we worked together in government.
“I thank God who showcased me from Lagos through the help of President Bola Tinubu. He is the architect of my success. I spent 8 years as commissioner in Lagos.
“In 2004, we had a meeting in Badagry where we talked about how we will take over our states from the opposition party. President Tinubu and other Yoruba elders directed me to come and take over Osun State from the opposition.
“With the help of God and the support of Asiwaju, I was able to excel as a governor for 8 years even though it was not easy with the help of those that turned to my enemy for four years.
“In 2019, after the Supreme Court judgment, I came to this venue with the person I handed over power to. I counseled that I have played my own part and handed over to the person I loved.
“But I said, the person must do it right by ensuring unity within the party. If that is done, I will now be the godfather. But unfortunately, Satan took over them in interpreting what I said. I never begged for anything from them when he was in power.”
“I am saying it today and I am begging for forgiveness. After this, we are not going to beg anybody again. We didn’t offend anyone and we don’t believe anyone offended us but it’s possible that they believe we offended them, that’s why we are apologising to them,” Aregbesola said.