Countdown To Showdown: OYINLOLA, AIDES CONDUCT FAREWELL VISITS TO PALACES, CHURCHES

THE fear of unknown appears to have gripped the embattled of Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, for his speeches and attitude lately at different fora have suggested a strange attribute of unwilling surrender as he moved round some palaces to do what a political pundit described as a farewell tour last week. It would be…”
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THE fear of unknown appears to have gripped the embattled of Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, for his speeches and attitude lately at different fora have suggested a strange attribute of unwilling surrender as he moved round some palaces to do what a political pundit described as a farewell tour last week.

It would be recalled that the election that brought the Okuku-born ex-Brigadier-General-turned politician to power has become a subject of legal fire power in the last 20 months, ranging from the embattled lower tribunal headed by alleged compromised Justice Thomas Damar Naron, that sat in Osogbo, Osun State capital to the Court of Appeal, sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

Meanwhile, the victory recorded by the ex-Military Administrator of Lagos-State became cheap and questionable when a Lagos based news magazine, The NEWS published an hi-tech investigative story of how Oyinlola’s lead-attorney, Mr. Kunle Kalejaiye was allegedly holding a series of telephone conversations with Justices Naron and Ekpo Ekanem on the panel.

Findings revealed that the legal crossfire at the Court of Appeal at the last sitting, late last year, has put the camps of Oyinlola and the appellant, who doubles as the Action Congress (AC) standard bearer, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola in an open-ended political calculation.

While the supporters of Aregbesola were hoping to trounce the Oyinlola camp, the ruling party’s chieftains were simultaneously scheming for the next move in case of any eventuality.

An impeccable source at the Palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, during his 79th birthday anniversary disclosed to OSUN DEFENDER that the way and manner the embattled states chief executive conducted himself, while addressing the monarch suggested an end of an era.

The source disclosed that the governor pointedly told the monarch that he was so grateful to him for his unalloyed support so far, saying that if he could still make it till text year, he would celebrate the 80th birthday in a grand style for the ageing monarch.

According to the source, who quoted the governor verbatim: “Kabiyesi, I’m here to thank you for your support so far We appreciate your journey with us, let me assure your majesty that if I’m still a governor next year, (emotion laden voice), I shall organize a befitting 80th birthday bash” for you.
Oyinlola was reported to have said in a pungently shaken voice that he was bothered about the less appreciative attitude of the people towards his government, reiterating that he was being accused of non-performance.

Checks showed that the celebrating monarch, who had maintained a dignified silence all through, cut the governor in on the allegation of non-performance he threw up, saying that the governor should not bother himself about the cynics, who were criticizing his projects; assuring that the people of the state appreciated his achievements in all ramifications of governance.

When the emotion was running high, the monarch stood up and entered the inner royal chamber with the governor, where he demanded the reason for his betrayed emotion, to which the governor reportedly mumbled: “baba, I’m going”.

In a related development, a political observer in the state who spoke to OSUN DEFENDER under anonymity, said that the thanksgiving service organized for the governor in his home town, Okuku, Odo-Otin Local Government Council Area of the state on Sunday at St. Michael Anglican Cathedral, presided over by Bishop Taiwo Laoye, was unusual.

The pundit recalled that the embattled state helmsman had not found it convenient to attend any of the church’s thanksgivings service in the last six years, positing that the one attended by the governor, aides, commissioners, board members and legion of his aides was strange and suggestive of a farewell thanksgiving.

“I observed that something was fishy in the thanksgiving organized for the governor in Okuku this year, for he has not deemed it fit to attend any one in the last six years, and an average indigene of Okuku suspected as such, said the pundit.

Findings further revealed that some palaces, which gave their open supports in the previous elections, had been contacted and briefed about the unencouraging development at the Court of Appeal and the plausible eventuality by some points-men of the government.

By GOKE BUTIKA

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