THE Osun State Chapter of the Action Congress (AC) has challenged Otunba Kunle Kalejaiye (SAN), counsel to Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, to sue the management of TheNEWS magazine for libel rather than discussing his unholy interaction with some members of Osun State election petition tribunal on the pages of newspapers.
A statement by the party’s Director of Research and Strategy Hon. Sunday Akere, said for Kalejaiye to keep silent on such criminal issue amount to tacit admittance of guilt.
Referring to a story carried by a national daily last Friday, on the possibility of using GSM line to send SMS messages that reflect the phone number of another person, the AC said it was only a gimmick aimed at providing an alibi for those accused by TheNEWS magazine of complicity in mishandling the petition filed by its gubernatorial candidate, Engr. Rauf Aregbesola.
The release said: “The national daily which has turned into the mouthpiece of the Oyinlola-led administration tried to convince without success that it is possible to use one’s GSM number to send message to the same number or other phone number without the owner knowing how it was done.
“Although the false disposition has been debunked as technically impossible by the Head, Public, Legislative and Governmental Affairs of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), Mr. Dave Imoko, Osun AC still feels it is necessary to comment because this is nothing but another attempt by the Oyinlola administration to fool Nigerians about the widely reported collusion between his lead counsel, Mr Kunle Kalejaiye, and the five members of the discredited Thomas Naron Election Petitions Tribunal.”
Action Congress said after being taken aback the public outcry that trailed the “exposure of the corrupt and unholy conduct of the judges and the counsel, the Oyinlola government is now sponsoring imaginary and dubious stories in some national dailies on how GSM lines can be manipulated by fraudster in order to confuse the panel that will try the accused when the Nigerian Judicial Council probe begins.
“Such fabricated stories that have no beginning nor an end will achieve no goal as Nigerians are wiser than the corrupt patrons of the said newspaper. Listing so many names as those of people that filed stories from fictitious locations is enough to show Nigerians that the story is nothing other than another fiction from the house of Osun rabble-rousters and warlords.”
The party further condemned rumours that the NJC intends to advise the EFCC to hands off the case.
“Let us reiterate that what we intend to achieve by sending our petition to the two bodies are different in all ramifications. Our petition to the NJC is meant to expose the connivance of the accused to pervert the course of justice, and our target is for the body to mete out appropriate punishment for such crime as contained in its statute.
“The petition to the EFCC was intended to unravel the corruption involved in the matter because we know the panel of judges will not agree to collude with the Oyinlola-led administration and his counsel if financial inducement is not involved.”
“The goal of this (EFCC) petition therefore, is to unravel how much was given, who the third party that assisted in collecting the money was, which bank was it paid to; and eventually assist the citizenry of Osun State in getting back the amount allegedly used to bribe the panel and parrel justice.
“Finally, Osun AC’s ultimate goal is to help sustain the integrity of our judicial system, resolve and re-establish the confidence of the citizenry in the judiciary, curb financial recklessness and corruption, and energize our fledgling democratic system.
“We know that with careful handling of this petition, Nigerians will again believe in the much orchestrated rule of law and order of the present federal administration.
“Nigerians will not be forced to the street or resort to self-help because we know the judiciary is there to give a free, fair, undiluted, untainted and unmutilated judgments in all matters that seem clumsy and confusing to us the unlearned,” the statement concluded.