The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, says killers have been admitted to the All Progressives Congress.
He, however, did not mention any alleged killers.
Aregbesola, who is the immediate past governor of Osun State, spoke at his Ifofin, Ward 8, Ilesa East Local Government Area, on Friday after he revalidated his APC membership.
He said all manner of people could join the party, but advised that when the time comes for members to work together, people of shady character should be avoided.
Sources close to the former governor said the relationship between him and his successor, Adegboyega Oyetola had degenerated following the defection of some prominent people into the party in the state.
Sunday PUNCH learnt that Aregbesola’s camp was displeased with the defection of a particular politician into the APC which the governor was said to have facilitated.
Aregbesola, who spoke in Yoruba in a video of the event obtained on Saturday, was joined by some party stalwarts, including those who served in his cabinet while in office as governor. He said he and his people would remain in the party, but would not relate with people of no good character.
Aregbesola also joined his supporters to sing some proverbial songs, which indicated that there were people who benefited from him while in office but had become ingrates.
Addressing his joyful supporters, he said, “Killers have joined our party and the law guiding our party doesn’t say we can’t admit them when a law court has not convicted them. You know the killers or you don’t know them?
“You know miscreants or you don’t know miscreants? If we will be in the same party, we will not accept anything that will denigrate Bola Ige. He was our father. In this area, Bola Ige was our father.
“Are you happy that Bola Ige was killed? I am a son to the late Bola Ige. Whoever denigrates Bola Ige is our enemy. Whoever wants to use Bola Ige’s tomb to climb to a higher height would not achieve his aim. When we want to aspire for a position here, your name and antecedent will determine how you will be treated.”