UNSURE of what may likely be the fall-out of the Appeal Court-ordered retrial of a petition earlier filed by the Osun State Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate in the April 14, 2007 gubernatorial election, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola against the purported declaration of Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola by the Reverend John Dansu-led Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state, the embattled state’s helmsman had in the past week criss-crossed the length and breadth of the country.
Impeccable sources informed OSUN DEFENDER that the state governor, despite his much-publicised back-ground of being a law graduate, was reported to have started jubilating, thinking that the Court of Appeal’s verdict had given him the day.
The sources further revealed that it took better understanding and interpretation of the court judgment by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Adejare Bello before Oyinlola could actually come to understand the reality of the situation.
The medium also gathered that since the court judgment, the embattled state governor had reportedly been running from pillar to post, in a desperate bid to swing the pendulum of justice in his favour and ensuring that no stone is left unturned.
Therefore, in an attempt to give teeth to his ambition, Prince Oyinlola had, on the day after the court ruling, chartered a commercial flight in the company of a frontline traditional ruler in the state on a mission to some cities in the Northern part of the country, with a view to getting across to some power-brokers in the area on the need to ensure his input into the yet-to-be-constituted retrial panel.
The traditional ruler was reportedly coerced into the scheme as a result of his (traditional ruler) perceived influence across the Niger, which the party felt it needed most at this crucial period of the administration in the state.
Inside sources within the embattled administration in the state revealed to the medium under strict confidence that the governor’s entourage reportedly visited private residences of some senior citizens including former heads of state, traditional rulers and prominent political functionaries in the North.
It was also gathered that while some of their hosts received them with open arms, others were said to have offered their cold shoulders, as the mission was an unpopular one to their interest.
Among those believed to have played host to the battle-weary entourage was the nation’s first military President, General (Rtd) Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida in his hill-top mansion in Minna, Niger State capital, who in his maradonic manner was reported to have agreed to assist his one-time associate in arms in view of his close relationship with Oyinlola’s immediate family.
An authoritative source in the entourage also confided in the medium that military sentiment was played up by the entourage while discussing with Babangida in another desperate attempt to have his backing.
Not satisfied with the Babangida connection alone, Oyinlola’s entourage reportedly headed for Abuja, the nation’s seat of power, where members were also gathered to have met a brick-wall in their purported search for allies who will identify with their unholy mission of undermining justice.
The visit was also gathered to have taken the Oyinlola’s team to the official residence of a serving army general, who advised the worried governor on the need to parley with the country’s Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Mike Okiro to see whether the all-important police report could be tampered with.
It was however gathered that Oyinlola’s visit to Louis Edet Force Headquarters of the Police reportedly yielded no positive result, as the nation’s number one police officer bluntly refused to play ball.
At the Presidency, Osun State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) entourage was led by the state governor, Prince Oyinlola in another bid to seek presidential backing for its mission aimed at permanently sitting on the stolen mandate.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered from reliable sources that Oyinlola was prevented from getting to see the president, as officials of the presidency claimed that the president was too busy to attend to the group.
It would be recalled that last week, the Court Of Appeal led by Justice Victor Omage had ruled that the petition filed by Aregbesola against Oyinlola’s election based on the April 14, 2008 governorship poll, be retried by another tribunal to be set-up by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Umar Abdullahi.