• Oyinlola Tells Aides
STARRED by the reality of imminent defeat at the yet-to-be-constituted Court of Appeal in
Ibadan, Osun State embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola has reportedly instructed his commissioners and other members of the state executive arm of government not to bother preparing any letter of resignation, as he (Oyinlola) would not take it from them.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered from authoritative sources that the state helmsman’s resolve emanated from reports from certain quarters that some members of his cabinet were toying with the idea of putting in their letters of resignation ahead of the Appeal Court verdict on the guber-natorial petition before it.
Sources further revealed that Oyinlola was initially miffed on learning of the plans by some of his aides to abandon his administration ahead of the appellate court’s judgment; but became convinced about the veracity of the reports as prominent chieftains of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) met him on the report by confirming it.
The medium further gathered that some of those reported to be considering their quitting Oyinlola’s administration hinged their decision on the fear expressed that they are likely to have their political future destroyed, should the judicial pendulum not swing in their party’s favour.
The state governor was also reported to have expressed his disappointment on the development to some of his closest aides who prevailed on him on the need to treat the case like a typical PDP family affair.
After series of meetings with his trusted aides and party chieftains, Oyinlola reportedly succumbed to his aides’ counsel and decided to treat it like a PDP family affair.
Impeccable sources further revealed that the state’s chief executive had, at various informal levels, jocularly informed all political functionaries to forget about the idea of possible resignation from his administration at this crucial period of his five-year old administration.
Though, many at some of the occasions were reported to have taken the governor’s statement with a pinch of the salt, regarding it as one of the governor’s usual rib-cracking jokes.
However, the medium gathered that those in-the-know of the goings-on at the Oke-Fia Government House have reportedly taken it upon themselves to drum it into the ears of the political functionaries that Oyinlola meant every word of what he said.
It would be recalled that a Permanent Secretary overseeing one of the sensitive ministries was recently reported to have tendered his resignation letter only to have it rejected by Oyinlola.