THE opposition political parties in Osun State have challenged the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola of the state to clarify the ambiguities and inconsistencies in the establishment of Centre for Black Culture And International Understanding in the state.
The opposition parties under the aegis of Alliance of Collaborating Political Parties (ACPP) also requested that the governor should explain the secret behind the altercations between him and Professor Wole Soyinka over the acquisition of Ulli Beier’s archives/artifacts.
According to ACPP, in a letter addressed to the governor, the request was borne out of the concern on the stupendous amount allegedly expended in acquiring the archives and the secrecy in which the whole deal was shrouded, raising suspicion of the intention of the governor to manipulate its ownership and structure.
The parties said that their fear was justified with the manner in which the registration of the centre was manipulated at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Abuja.
The letter further reiterated that all efforts were made to inquire from the law firm that placed the advertorial for registration of the centre, but the lawyer whose name and telephone numbers appeared in the advertorial claimed ignorance.
“The denial by the solicitor who placed the advertorial in which your name appeared as a biggest stakeholder buttressed our suspicion. We find it demeaning of your status as number one citizen of Osun State to have his name in an anonymous advertorial
“We hope this project will not suffer the same fate like the case of Women and Child Development Initiative Foundation (WOCDIF) which was fraudulently turned to a private Pet Project”, the ACPP queried.
Challenging the governor to come up with Proof of payment of 680,000 dollars (more than N80 million Naira) paid to professor Ulli and Georgina Beier, the political parties condemned the method with which the payment was made as it did not pass through due process of being budgeted for a by receiving ratification from the State House of Assembly.
“Your failure to follow due process smacks of high level of financial recklessness and utter disregard for the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the chairman insisted.
The ACPP demanded that Oyinlola should tender his unreserved apology to the Nobel Laureate Soyinka, as the rude attacks on the professor by the governor was objectionable, saying that the timely and patriotic intervention of the professor saved the governor from a ruinous path.
The parties demanded a detailed explanation on the true ownership and position of the centre the official address be made to the public.
“The initial members who attended the meeting where nomination and election of trustees of the board of centre were determined be made public.
“A documented proof of the repeated Ulli Beiers instruction making Governor Oyinlola the life chairman of the board of the centre be made known.
“The rationale for payment for the artifacts before their arrival should be clarified.
“Your reasons for deceiving the generality of the people that the building earmarked for the State Pilgrims Welfare Board will now be the permanent location of the centre should be clarified,” the ACPP demanded.
The opposition parities then threatened that failure of the governor to provide satisfactory explanation and comply with their demands within 21 days would be resisted, “as we have instructed our lawyers to be on standby for possible litigation in the event of your non-compliance with these demands.”