A former Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has launched a new political group in Osun State called Omoluabi Caucus as the crisis in the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has persisted.
Speaking during the unveiling of the group at Ilesa, Aregbesola, a former governor of Osun State said the APC lost the 2022 governorship election in the state and the 2023 general elections because of indiscipline and lack of focus.
He, however, said that he was committed to the progressive ideals of the APC in Osun State, explaining that the new group was not a faction of the party but a union of like-minds in the state.
He said, “What we have come to do here today (yesterday) 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.
“Our party failed principally because of indiscipline and lack/loss of focus. This is manifested in the form of lack of character and incompetence. Character is the mental and moral qualities required in an individual to occupy a certain office or perform a certain task.
“Competence is the skill required to get a specific task done. It is bad when one of the two is absent, but it is always catastrophic when both are absent. It is beyond disputation how the absence of these virtues spelt doom for our party in the recent past.”
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.