Political followers have held a funeral procession for Aregbesola in Alimosho.
Since 1999, Rauf Aregbesola, the minister of interior has been the undoubted leader in Alimosho, the largest local government in Lagos state.
But that has now become part of the myth of history after Alimosho politicians trooped out yesterday to celebrate his political demise.
With placards and banners, and two coffins, hundreds of political activists marched through Alimosho streets in a funeral procession.
Drumming, singing, they burnt the effigies inside the wooden coffins, virtually cremating ‘Aregbesola’, a practice not common among Yoruba.
Final disaffection for Aregbesola in Alimosho was triggered by the chain of events in Osun state, where Aregbesola took to the podium to ridicule former Lagos governor and his leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
In Osun, Aregbesola also vowed to stop Governor Gboyega Oyetola from getting the second term ticket of the All Progressives Congress.
But as it turned out, Aregbesola was a mere political paper tiger.
His candidate was thoroughly trounced in the Osun APC primary on 19 February.
The immediate implication was Aregbesola’s demystification as a political force in Osun.
The second was his loss of his base in Lagos, especially in Alimosho, where he had dictated political decisions for more than two decades.