THE brain behind the illegal nomination of the embattled chairman of Ede North Local Government Council Area of Osun State, Honourable Akinleye Kazeem and his Vice, Mr. Adeleke Sikiru under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to contest the controversial December 15, 2007 local council elections in the state and their efforts to thwart the wheel of justice at the local government election tribunal has eventually been uncovered.
If the information at the disposal of OSUN DEFENDER is anything to go by, the controversial chairman would not have been qualified to apply to contest for the election talkless of being nominated, just because he had earlier been indicted of financial impropriety when he was a councilor representing Alusekere ward 5 of the local council under the administration of Honourable Tajudeen Adisa as the chairman, of which he was yet to be cleared by an appropriate court or panel.
Further investigation revealed to OSUN DEFENDER that the chairman who was then a councillor representing Alusekere ward 5 of the council area had written a proposal of N1 million to the then chairman of the area for the building of a Block of two classrooms in his ward and the same was approved.
His letter addressed to the office of the then chairman and dated March 30, 2005, read: “The decision to build the classroom was reached at a general meeting of my ward held on March 13, 2005, where it was unanimously agreed that a block of two classrooms be built for the use of the community”.
Akinleye reportedly wrote another proposal of N1 million dated May 15, 2006 to the then chairman requesting to sink a bore hole in the same ward, arguing that the project was part of his electioneering campaign promises to bring the development to the ward, the proposal which was subsequently approved by the appropriate officers of the council area.
An on-the-spot assessment to the said ward by OSUN DEFENDER showed that none of the projects approved and paid-for to Akinleye as the then councillor was executed.
Meanwhile, a subsequent report from the office of the Auditor-General for Local Governments in the state however indicted Akinleye when he was a councilor for not executing the projects for which he had been paid.
The report of the audit investigations dated April 4, 2007, and addressed to the office of the Director of Personnel Management (DPM), Director of Finance (DF) and the then chairman of the local council revealed that Akinleye and some other councillors had neither executed nor completed any of the constituency projects for which they have been paid.
The report read: “Detailed of Audit observation will be forwarded to you soon. Meanwhile the payment of salaries and/or other entitlement of the affected officers should be suspended forthwith until clearance is obtained from the Auditor-General for local government”.
However, when Akinleye lunched ambition to vie for the chairmanship position of Ede North local council area in 2007, a petition was filed against his ambition, revealing how he was indicted as a councilor.
The petition was filed by Alhaji Ibrahim, Alhaja Afusat and Alhaji Alani Bankole and addressed to the office of the chairman, Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSSIEC), Justice Adedotun Sijuade copies of which were sent to the Director of SSS in the state, OSSIEC Screening Committee, PDP chairman, the governor and the SSS in the local government council area.
The petitioners claimed that Akinleye was of a questionable character and educational backward, saying that he only attended a Quranic school in Ilorin, Kwara State.
Besides, the current vice-chairman in the council area Adeleke Sikiru was also accused of illegal forgery of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) voters’ card with registration number 30901703689.
In a petition filed against him dated November 21, 2007 and addressed to the OSSIEC chairman, copies of which were sent to the office of the state chairman and the SSS, it was stated that Sikiru was not qualified to contest for the position.
When OSUN DEFENDER perused the voters register for Unit 002 (Talafia Imam) of Asunmo ward in the local council area, where Adeleke claimed to have registered, to confirm the forgery, it was discovered that neither his name nor number on his voter’s card was on the register, a situation that had confirmed the alleged forgery of voter’s card.
However, it was further gathered that both the chairman and his vice were imposed on the people, through a violent intervention of a controversial senator, despite their indictments, following an agreement among the three that part of local council fund would go to his (Senator) personal account a gesture that was voluntarily concurred.
Since both the embattled chairman and his vice assumed office, it was learnt that a large part of the council fund are being diverted to the account of the senator, a situation that has been thwarting the development of the council area, just as the administration performs below-the-line.
On the local government election tribunal in the state where the embattled chairman and his vice are still being challenged, OSUN DEFENDER gathered that both the senator and the duo of the chairman and his vice have been making frantic efforts to upturn the proceedings of the tribunal sitting in the state High Court of Osogbo as done with the Justice Thomas Naron-led tribunal that sat in Osogbo.
OSUN DEFENDER was reliably informed that they have all been making frantic efforts to tamper with the documentary evidence in the custody of the tribunal.
By KAZEEM MOHAMMED