Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the former Governor of Osun State and immediate-past Minister of Interior has expressed his lack of resentment towards anyone in Osogbo or the entire Osun State.
Aregbesola, who received a warm welcome upon his return to the state capital after his ministerial tenure, conveyed this message while paying homage to the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, and his council of chiefs.
During the visit, Aregbesola presented a compilation of his accomplishments to the monarch, reflecting on his initial arrival in the town following the loss of power by the All Progressives Congress.
He also highlighted how, after four years in government, people began to praise him for his contributions to the transformation of the state capital.
Aregbesola said, “I’m happy to say that between then and now, the eulogies have not stopped. Between Ilesa and Osogbo this morning, the people trooped out in their numbers to welcome me.
“It was because of my promise to the then Ataoja of Osogbo that I picked my deputy from Osogbo. It is never my desire to leave any of them, but now that they have gone the way they did, I beseech you, our royal father, to plead with them. I would always wish them well and always desire to work with them.
“I hold no grudge against anyone in Osogbo or Osun. My hands are wide open to work and receive anyone. Anyone who have issues with me have their reasons, but I hold no grudge against anyone.”
On his ministerial appointment, Aregbesola said, “Please thank President Muhammadu Buhari for giving me the opportunity to serve in his government.
“For the rest of my life, I will continue to thank Osogbo and its people for adopting me as their son. I deeply appreciate it.
“Anywhere I am, please rest assured that Osogbo’s interests are covered,” he added.