Adegboyega Oyetola, governor of Osun state, says his disagreement with his predecessor, Rauf Aregbesola, was exaggerated.
Speaking on Saturday during a special interview programme of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Abuja, Oyetola said he only reviewed some policies of the past administration which followed due process.
The governor said he has no personal disagreement with Aregbesola, minister of interior, whom he described as a brother and well-wisher.
“Let me say this, Ogbeni and I are brothers, yes, we can have little disagreements; these are not unexpected,” Oyetola said.
“You mentioned the issue of tinkering with some policies of education, which in any case was desirable by the people. Some could misinterpret this to mean something else. We did it in good faith and in line with the demand of the people and we followed due process to do that.
“Like I mentioned, policies are supposed to be reviewed from time to time. I have had cause to reverse myself even as a governor. That’s part of life. That thing was unduly exaggerated by some people, giving different meanings to it.
”That doesn’t change the fact that we are brothers. I hate people saying we are quarrelling. There’s no basis for it. We are not quarrelling at all. I don’t know why people are always asking me if he’s going to support my second term election. Well, I have said it that he is my brother and I believe he will want to ensure my success.
”Without quantifying it, I put in my best for the eight years of his success. That is much that I can say. I don’t want to go into specifics; all I know is that, yes some people are aggrieved for different reasons and it is natural.
”You do appointments and some people believe they should be part of it, but they are not; they become aggrieved. But that doesn’t mean that what you have done is wrong. Naturally, we could have a few disagreements even in politics. Fixing of conflicts is part of politics; we can find a way of conflict resolution and move on.”
Oyetola stated that his administration has set up a committee on reconciliation to unite aggrieved factions in the party.