•Promises Guns, Army Uniforms To PDP Chieftains
BATTLING with legitimacy crisis at home, the embattled Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola has dragged himself into another treasonable act outside his state, as his plan to supply political thugs loyal to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), fake Nigerian Army uniforms, ballot papers, arms and ammunitions with a view to rigging the 25 March 2008 a rerun election in Ekiti State has been exposed.
It would be recalled that the opposition parties in 2007 accused the retired one-star General-turned politician of using fake soldiers and mobile policemen in the governorship election that took place in Osun State, a situation that aided his (Oyinlola’s) rigging plot that left several people dead, hundreds wounded, tens of women (married and single) raped in its trail.
Besides, PDP thugs had a field day, as they were parading the streets of Osun with dangerous weapons, ranging from sophisticated guns to China made matchetes, charms and clubs of different sizes and shapes, with full cooperation of law enforcement agents comprising policemen, soldiers, Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), State Security Service (SSS) and government machinery.
Oyinlola, himself was seen moving from one town to the other, ordering the law enforcement agents to descend on the agents and leaders of other political parties, aside from the PDP’s.
At a press conference organized by the Ekiti State Chapter of Action Congress (AC) on Monday, the antics of Oyinlola to help the Ekiti PDP unleash terror against the AC supporters, and scores of electorate who may want to sympathize with the party has been uncovered.
According to the AC Chairman in Ekiti State, Mr. Olajide Awe, Oyinlola held a clandestine meeting with the 16 local government council chairmen in the state on Friday evening, 8.30pm precisely, inside the press gallery, Jibowu Hall, Government House, where he briefed them on how intimidation and mayhem would be used to cow the AC supporters in order for PDP to have a field day.
Awe emphasized that the party (AC) has taken possession of the recordings of the clandestine meeting by one of those, who were privy to the meeting, noting that the party was only waiting for the denial of Oyinlola before the full, unedited recording of the meeting is made public.
The Ekiti AC chair brandished a copy of the texts of the statement credited to Oyinlola at the meeting which was downloaded from the electronic recordings of the event.
According to the recorded account of the meeting, Oyinlola was alleged to have said: “We call up (sic) this meeting purposely to speak with you and this meeting is centred upon me to tell you that I, the governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, is ready to supply all he 16 local government chairmen and particularly the affected local government chairmen where rerun election will be conducted, army uniforms, arms and ammunitions.
“You people will give these to your supporters who will camouflage as army (sic) in the respective polling centres so that they will intimidate the voters by not allowing them to come out to vote.
“The only people who will come out should be PDP so that the victory of Segun Oni would be able to be ascertained.
“I hope you are with me? Please, we need no fuck-up (sic) and you should mobilize your people, you should release money to them, let them be able to come out and there is no way they can.
“I know they have their own plans too but our plan must surpass their own plan. I hope I am communicating with you? Please, we don’t want any fuck-up, we must rule, we must claim Ekiti back; PDP must rule this state whether they like it or not, they must rule (sic).”
Meanwhile, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Oyinlola, Mr. Lasis Olagunju has described the allegation as illogical, but failed to address the issue at stake; instead he was telling the public about a known fact that the embattled governor was an Army General.
It would be recalled that the same scenario played itself out when TheNEWS magazine broke the conspiracy theory between Oyinlola’s lawyer, Mr Kunle Kalejaiye (SAN), and the chairman of the election petitions tribunal that sat on the petition filed by the Osun State Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, challenging the controversial victory of Oyinlola in the 14 April 2007 governorship election.
No sooner the Lagos-based news magazine published its ground-breaking investigative piece with watertight forensic data than Olagunju bombarded the press with innuendoes that were scripted to absolve his paymaster from the telephone conservations between the respondent’s lawyer and the tribunal judges.
Olagunju was reported to have started with denial story, describing the investigative piece as a figment of imagination of the writer and his sponsor, referring to Aregbesola; before he later changed tune, when the facts presented by the magazine became incontrovertible.
When Kalejaiye and Olagunju, who had earlier threatened fire and brimstone on their preparation to unleash a legal war chickened out, the magazine management dragged them before a Lagos High Court, where the authorized call log was obtained to confirm the report.
In the same vein, the AC governorship standard bearer, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has dared the Osun State helmsman and the PDP to deny the allegation, asserting that he would then make the recording public soon.
In a related development, OSUN DEFENDER has found out an indigenous printing company in Osogbo, Osun State Capital, where several thousands of ballot papers were printed; and it was authoritatively gathered that the sensitive materials had been taken to Ekiti State on Tuesday night.
Findings revealed that the contractor handling the job is a native of Osogbo, a business front of Governor Oyinlola, who is currently handling various printing contracts of Osun State government.
Checks have further shown that the fake Army and political thugs with allegiance with PDP would be given the task of using the ballot papers, after they might have scared the original voters away from the polling centres.
It would be recalled that the AC and PDP have been engaging each other in accusations and counter-accusations over a plot to rig the forthcoming rerun governorship election in Ekiti State, as ordered by the Court of Appeal in Ilorin, that annulled the election that brought the former impostor governor, Engineer Segun Oni to power.
Stories By GOKE BUTIKA