The Osun State Government has said it holds no grudge against a former governor of the state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, for joining the Coalition for Nigeria Movement advocated by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his special statement on the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
The Commissioner for Information in Osun State, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa, in an interview with our correspondent in Osogbo, stated that Oyinlola was exercising his constitutional right by joining the coalition.
Baderinwa said Oyinlola, who joined the All Progressives Congress from the Peoples Democratic Party shortly before the Osun State governorship election in August 2014, was free to associate with anybody he wanted to because such right was provided for in the nation’s constitution.
He said, “We don’t have any particular opinion about his association with the Coalition for Nigeria because this is a country where the rule of law works and everybody is entitled to associate with whoever they want as enshrined in the contribution.
“He (Oyinlola) is free to associate with anybody or group he chooses. After all, he was in the PDP before he joined us in the APC. He is only exercising his constitutional right to join any association he feels good about.
“The group he joined is not a political group, as it were, yet. Former President Obasanjo even said in the letter that he would withdraw from the coalition the day they transform into a political party.
“As far as we are concerned, we don’t have any opinion about it than to say he (Oyinlola) is exercising his constitutional provided right to associate with anybody he wants to associate with. He was in the PDP before joining us in the APC.”
Oyinlola, who is one of the loyalists of Obasanjo, defected to the ruling APC after he was removed as the secretary of the PDP at the national level before teaming up with Governor Rauf Aregbesola and other former governors of Osun State to win the 2014 governorship poll.
Buhari recently appointed Oyinlola, who is also a former military administrator of Lagos State, as the chairman of the National Identity Management Commission.
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