Countdown To Showdown In Osun: Traditional Rulers Plan To Save Oyinlola At Presidency

•Gov Travels To Benin Twice, Aboard Chartered Flight On Saturday As a battle of supremacy rages between the progressive and conservative politicians in the South-West geo-political zone of Nigeria, the remnants of the embattled governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) together with their collaborating traditional rulers had vowed to stop the…”
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Gov. Oyinlola Olagunsoye of Osun State

•Gov Travels To Benin Twice, Aboard Chartered Flight On Saturday

As a battle of supremacy rages between the progressive and conservative politicians in the South-West geo-political zone of Nigeria, the remnants of the embattled governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) together with their collaborating traditional rulers had vowed to stop the trend, at all cost.

It would be recalled that the Appeal Courts in Benin and Ilorin had removed governors in Edo, Ondo and Ekiti states, Messrs Osariemen Osunbor, Segun Agagu and Segun Oni respectively, while the fate of Governors Christopher Alao-Akala and Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Oyo and Osun states respectively were hanging in the balance, as at the time the meeting of the governors with the collaborating traditional rulers was held in Osogbo, Osun State capital recently.

At the meeting, two of the governors, Oyinlola and Aalo-Akala reportedly narrated their ordeals in the hands of the opposition parties, whom they claimed were hell-bent in taking power from them. Oyinlola and Alao-Akala reportedly whipped-up the security sentiment and mainstream politics in Yoruba-land in their submissions before the traditional rulers in attendance.

A source at the meeting disclosed that the chief host, Oyinlola started his speech with a long history of how the Yoruba nation was allegedly long neglected by the power that be at the centre, because according to him, the South West leaders had maintained a hard-line opposition.

It was learnt that he told the traditional rulers that this would be the first major breakthrough for the South-West, having recorded a large number of governors on the platform of a party in the mainstream, saying that the present development at the Courts of Appeal, where only the PDP governors were being ousted was a matter of serious concern, because, according to him, the action was capable of sending the zoneback to the opposition and neglect.

OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the obviously rattled governor then informed the traditional rulers that the renewed effort of the opposition led by the former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was to capture Yorubaland, with a view to becoming a Yoruba leader; emphasizing that Tinubu was so desperate that he was ready to achieve his aim with violence.

It was gathered that Alao-Akala only stood up and saluted the efforts of Oyinlola on his leadership skill, which he described as the great instrument of peaceful resolution of crisis within the rank and file of the PDP; saying that he could not say more than what his counterpart from Osun had said.

It was learnt that a prominent traditional ruler, who had enjoyed a huge patronage from the ousted governors and the host (Oyinlola) used the avenue to launch his bottled-up anger over the situation, literarily begging his colleagues on the traditional stools to join him in protesting to the presidency in Abuja, so as to save the situation.

OSUN DEFENDER further gathered that majority of the Obas in attendance unanimously agreed to take the protest to President Umar Musa Yar’Adua on the issue, with a view to stopping the judicial tsunnami’ in the South-West.

Meanwhile, a source close to the Oke-Fia Government House, Osogbo has hinted OSUN DEFENDER that the embattled Governor Oyinlola was sighted in Benin, Edo State capital twice last week Saturday aboard a chartered flight.

According to the source, he was in the state of the chairman of the Court of Appeal, Justice Victor Omage to see some powerful politicians, who might be of help over the reserved judgment in a suit filed by Osun State Action Congress (AC) standard bearer, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola.

A tentative source in Benin confided in OSUN DEFENDER that the troubled Oyinlola was in town particularly to discuss his predicament with the former Minister for Works under Obasanjo’s administration, Chief Tony Anineh, whom the governor thought, has the ear of the president.

It would be recalled that Oyinlola is still battling a cold war with the power-brokers known as ‘Kastsina Mafia over his role in Obasanjo and former Vice-President Abubakar’s gang-up, a situation that has made the presidency, a no go area for his deft move to avoid the imminent political whirlwind.

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