EMERGING facts have revealed fresh plans by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State to embark on moves to effect a crack-down on prominent editorial team members of OSUN DEFENDER newspaper.
The medium gathered from impeccable source that the sinister plan to cage OSUN DEFENDER at all cost was hatched at a meeting reportedly held within the palace of a prominent traditional ruler in the state.
According to the source, the meeting which also had in attendance some selected PDP chieftains, was called at the instance of the prominent monarch on how best to go about what many of the attendants regarded as Aregbesola phenomenon.
Another source at the palace meeting also revealed how several options were proposed and debated upon extensively on the most appropriate ways of dealing with the medium considered to be a mouth-piece of the progressives in the state.
The source further stated how the traditional ruler called for caution on the best way of dealing with OSUN DEFENDER, as any physical attack on any member of staff of the medium may be traced to the ruling party in the state.
After several inputs from others at the palace meeting, it was agreed that some selected editorial staff members of the medium should be singled-out for kidnap and taking to an undisclosed location for a long period of time.
The kidnap alternative was arrived at as a potent way of getting the tabloid off the news-stand for sometimes with a view to giving the state ruling party and the Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led administration a breathing-space.
OSUN DEFENDER was singled-out for attack at the meeting because of its editorial contents, which many PDP members in the state considered as being inimical to their entire attempt to ground the state to a halt through their misrule since May 29, 2003.
It would be recalled that several attempts in the past had been made by the PDP-led administration in the state to silence the medium and thereby permanently get it off the news-stand including physical attacks and intimidation of some members of the editorial staff of the medium.
Two particular incidents that readily came to mind was the attack on the medium’s photographer, Gbenga Adeniyi by some hoodlums believed to be on the pay-roll of Yemi Oladimeji popularly known as Imole de during his public declaration for the PDP.
The most pathetic of the two incidents was the attack on the former Editor of the medium, Mr. Kola Olabisi (now Managing Editor) when his car was riddled with bullets and was lucky to escape to tell the story alive.