Ekiti Rerun Election: Oyinlola Again?

Omo Osun With Kola Olabisi

IF the statement credited to the embattled Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola in Ekiti State that he would assist in rigging the rerun election slated for 25 April, 2009 in the Fountain of Knowledge were to be true, it means, to a large extent, that the opposition in Osun State which Engr Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola is its arrowhead, has been vindicated.

I make bold to say that as somebody who has been watching the retired one-star Army General at the apex of authority in the state of The Living Spring, I do not have cause to doubt the fact that Oyinlola actually made the statement. It was even good that the embattled tyrant governor who still has his controversial April 14, 2007 to defend has finally decided to wash his dirty linen outside the state.

If Oyinlola is found out to be the author of the anti-democratic statement, it should not be treated with levity by leaders of thought, lovers of peace and human rights activists not only in the South-West but across the nation. There is nothing the opposition in Osun State has not done to register the kind of human being Oyinlola has been with power. Oyinlola is ruthless with power. He’s a despot whose stock in trade is deceit which he has in abundance.

Character is like a flame which cannot be hidden. Before now, the embattled Okuku prince who is fond of flaunting his profession as a retired Army General made himself a peace-maker. He first reconciled the author of third-term, the Ota chicken farmer, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and his estranged former Vice, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

He later moved to the cradle of the Yoruba where in a bizarre manner, he claimed to have reconciled the people of Modakeke with those of Ife who had been fighting social war for ages. The discerning minds who know the antics and antecedents of the retired Army General were just mocking him when he left his suffering primary assignment to engage in frivolous and superfluous activities, bearing in mind that Oyinlola does not do anything for nothing.

He had hoped to be the beneficiary of the Modakeke-Ife new-found love because he had thought that the Court of Appeal in Ibadan, Oyo State that ordered retrial of Aregbesola’s petition against the embattled governor would recommend election rerun. Knowing that the people of Modakeke voted massively for his rival in the April 14, 2007 governorship election, Oyinlola thought he could bribe them with cessation of hostility with the Ife which will attract creation of a full-fledged local government council and return of a beaded crown for the traditional ruler of Modakeke.

Oyinlola facilitated the short-lived reconciliation between Obasanjo and Atiku because he knows Atiku is still relevant in the political calculation of this nation after 2011. And it is the calculation of Oyinlola that he (Oyinlola) could become Senate President in the next dispensation. It is now pungently clear that the peace said to have been brokered by Oyinlola is short-lived.

This was because the underpinning intention was not genuine and the author has no business with peace. Unfolding events in Osun State since Aregbesola indicated his intention to contest the governorship seat of the state are pointers to the fact that Oyinlola is a first grade sadist.

It is on record that Oyinlola who has not been playing his political game according to the rule has, with his agents, tried all possible means, to stop Aregbesola through extra-judicial means but without luck. He had tried it in Iree, Osogbo, Ilesha, Ile-Ife, Ikirun, mention it, all to no avail. It however defies logic that the more trap Oyinlola is setting for Aregbesola and his supporters, the stronger and more popular Aregbesola becomes.

Aregbesola’s shadow is a source of discomfort for Oyinlola anywhere, anytime and any day. As it is a common feature for a petty thief to dread the sight of anybody he steals from, so it is for Oyinlola as he detests hearing Aregbe’s name or sighting his imposing photograph hung at the latter’s campaign office very close to Osun River in Osogbo.

To this extent, it is not uncommon to see Oyinlola covering his face and pretending to be reading a newspaper each time his convoy was passing through his arch-rival’s campaign office. A miss is as good as a mile. Because Oyinlola stole Aregbesola’s governorship mandate which he will soon be dispossessed of by a tribunal, he is afraid of looking at the rightful owner in the face.

Oyinlola is destined for destruction and that was why he allegedly misbehaved in Ekiti State. The whole scenario shows that Oyinlola has never won any election in his life. The then Alliance for Democracy (AD) governor, Chief Bisi Akande whom Oyinlola rigged out of office quit the scene without much ado in order to give peace a chance. Oyinlola has become a terror that could be likened to what the nation was under the maximum ruler, the late General Sani Abacha who happened to be one of Lagun’s godfathers.

Were Oyinlola to be the nation’s President, his anti-democratic credentials would have attracted civil disobedience across the nation. Be that as it may, if Oyinlola is directly or remotedly linked with the Ekiti affair where he was alleged to have promised to provide guns and fake Army uniforms to chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the sixteen local government council chairmen who are of the PDP extraction, the allegations should not be handled with levity.

The allegations are akin to the information gaining ground in Osun State that the Okuku prince whose home front is not at peace intends to use hardened political thugs to be hired from both Ile-Ife and Modakeke to facilitate rigging of the Ekiti State rerun election. Though, he has denied any knowledge of such anti-social and criminal act of helping his fallen colleague in Ekiti, but I find it difficult to take in Oyinlola’s denial. Anybody who believes Oyinlola in that regard can believe anything as he’s known not to do what he preaches.

Instead of Oyinlola to start ruminating over his recent loss at the Court of Appeal, Ibadan, Oyo State, he continued to open up another fight he can not finish, apportioning blames where they do not belong, forgetting that he is the architect of his own misfortune. The apostle of third term agenda of Obasanjo who flung a golden opportunity of showcasing his administrative capability when he was military administrator of Lagos State is now being bugged with paranoia.

He does not fail to descend on former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, who showcased his mettle by giving Lagosians quality leadership. Were Oyinlola’s wife were to be of child bearing age, any slightest delay caused in her pregnancy would have been blamed on the dogmatic and emerging leader of the Yoruba, which is part of the sins of Tinubu before Oyinlola.

Oyinlola has forgotten that the leadership of the Yoruba is not subjected to any election. By his selfless deeds in the geo-political zone, the Yoruba leader shall be identified and duly crowned. It is apparent that Oyinlola is envious of Tinubu’s socio-political attainment in the South-West and the next thing is to bring him down. It is a pity that Oyinlola is fond of flaunting the royal blood in his veins, deriding those who are not offspring of traditional rulers.

To me, this is petty as during my sojourn in this world, I had seen children of traditional rulers who are hewers of fire wood and drawers of water for commercial purposes. What a hell is Lagun saying in this regard. He should leave Tinubu alone. It is not coming to this world or how long you stay there or who your parents are that matter, but your input to make this world better than the way you met it. Royal blood my foot; that is in the context Lagun flaunts his. That does not mean that there are no decent princes and exemplary royal fathers who are embodiment of positive qualities.

It is not only Tinubu that Oyinlola should leave alone; he should also leave Aregbesola alone. I still find it difficult to know why the embattled Okuku prince is still at war with providence by desperately wanting to exterminate Aregbesola whose only sin is that he has the audacity to constitutionally compete with him in the 2007 governorship election.

The AC governorship candidate who Oyinlola did not know he meant business was later found out to be more popular than the incumbent governor to the extent that he (Aregbesola) floored the governor at the polls. Before, during and after the election to date, it has been the wish of Oyinlola and his co-travellers that Aregbesola and his sympathizers should quit this planet; a prayer that has not been heard and will never be heard by God Almighty who will not be on the side of vote-robbers.

After the Court of Appeal Court judgement that set aside the judgment of Justice Thomas Damar Naron-led Election Petitions Tribunal that sat in Osogbo, Oyinlola and his cohorts have renewed their onslaught against the opposition. On that day, chieftains of the Osun PDP led a band of thugs, escorted by armed policemen, going round the streets of Osogbo, intimidating, assaulting and oppressing innocent citizens. In the melee, some commercial motorcycle riders were injured by these PDP thugs.

IT is ironical that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr John Moronike, who provided security for the PDP thugs and looked elsewhere on the day in question but decided to lead a contingent of police to arrest members of Osun State Civil Societies Coalition Against Corruption and Rights Violation (OSCARV), an association of twelve civil rights activists and Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) who were acting on the unchallenged allegation of corruption leveled against the infamous Justice Naron Tribunal through a peaceful public protest to express disgust and awkwardness of the alleged illicit romance between Oyinlola’s counsel and the Naron Tribunal.

It is on record that after the protesting team had handed their letter to the High Court Registrar, Osogbo, for onward transfer to the National Judicial Council (NJC), the state commissioner of police arrested them within the court premises. The 24 human rights activists were made to spend four days in the police detention and 11 days in Ilesha Prisons during their first leg of detention. Magistrate Olalekan Ijiyode, surprisingly, revoked their bail granted six months earlier on Monday, March 23, 2009 without any explanation; and they were detained for another sixteen days before they regained their freedom on April 7, 2009.

If the allegation of the National Coordinator of CACOL, Comrade Debo Adeniran that their ordeal was borne out of vengeance and vendetta by the CP against the human rights activists because of a petition allegedly written against the CP and one Asistant Commissioner of Police Adekunle Ayuba that earned them a query from the Inspector-General of Police, it then should not be swept under the carpet.

The human rights activists will be helping in injecting sanity into the police by not only suing them but cause another round of petitions to be written to the IGP, detailing the excesses of the leadership of Osun Police Command. If the allegation is true, it constitutes a dangerous dimension to the nation’s quasi-democracy which requires thorough investigation with attendant and justifiable punishment.

The accusation of Oyinlola’s aides, accusing Aregbesola of being unnecessarily pro-active in his political endeavours is diversionary as the issue at stake haunting and diminishing the illicit administration of the one-star retired Army General has not been addressed. What should be of utmost concern to the embattled controversial governor is his aborted re-election which is now known by all and sundry and confirmed by a superior court of law.

The publication failed woefully to achieve the ulterior motive it was intended for because it was a product of fallacy, cooked and served in the Osun West Senatorial District residence of a senile member of the PDP whose stock in trade is routing for how to bring down his political rival. If such is arranged a thousand of times, fail it will because something cannot come out of nothing. Oyinlola’s consultants on propaganda should prod him on how to wriggle out of the tons of allegations bothering on integrity about the Ekiti rerun polls. I rest my case.

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