SEQUEL to the allegation levelled against the embattled Osun State Governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola on his ploy to kit some political thugs with military uniforms, with a view to scaring away electorate, that will vote in the forthcoming re-run governorship election in Ekiti State, so that the embattled Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) riggers could have a field day, fresh facts have emerged on how the thugs would be recruited and mobilized for the hatchet job.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that some political hoodlums, used in Osun state during the 14 April 2007 flawed governorship election in Ile-Ife, Osun State by a senator on the platform of the PDP, have been recruited by a former military officer, said to be working for the Osun state helmsman for the Operation capture Ekiti.
Findings revealed that each thug was recently mobilized to the tune of N40,000, and are currently undergoing a military training somewhere in Ife-Ijesa axis, by the hired former military man. According to a source, who is privy to the clandestine arrangement of the PDP on the use of fake soldiers in Ekiti State rerun election, the thugs would be moved to the tension- soaked Fountain of Knowledge State to chase away and harass supporters of AC out of the designated polling booths, before the PDP hoodlums would stuff ballot boxes in the exercise.
It would be recalled that the Court of Appeal that sat over the appeal filed by the Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi had last month sacked the impostor Governor Segun Oni, who had presided over the affairs of the state for 20 months, and ordered a rerun election in 64 wards of the 177 wards in the state.
Meanwhile, information has it that the state AC standard bearer is still leading the table by 16,000 lawful votes, a situation that has sent jitters down the spines of the PDP leadership both at the national and the state levels, a scenario that compelled the party to drag the presidency into the matter.
Besides, the AC and its candidate have disclosed that the recorded conversations of the controversial Osun state Governor has been secured, saying that they were only waiting for Oyinlola’s denial before making it public.
However, Governor Oyinlola has denied meeting the 16 Local Government Council Chairmen, saying that he did not commit himself to anybody on the supply of fake army uniforms to thugs that would be used for the rerun election in Ekiti state, arguing that his comment at a rally in Igede-Ekiti touched on the character of AC leadership, and that the party was trying to get back at him; asking the party (AC) to prove the allegations against him.
In a related development, a socio-political group, Ekiti Democratic Coalition Alliance, (EDCA) has declared Oyinlola and his Oyo State counterpart persona non grata, asking the two governors to steer clear from Ekiti politics until the forthcoming rerun election is over.