AS it is for armed robbers that operated on the same wavelength while unleashing terror on the
neighbourhoods, but were at a loggerhead on the sharing of the spoils of robbery, so is the imminent break-up in the rank of leaders and political contractors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State over 2011 governorship ambition.
OSUN DEFENDER investigations revealed that the battle for the soul of the embattled ruling party is still raging and may soon rise to a boiling point that may break it (party) into different splinter groups.
Checks have shown that all affected parties have started playing different cards to curry favour from the party structures across the state, while the incumbent Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola is sceptical about the horse-trading as touching the issue.
Meanwhile, the battle of wit at the Court of Appeal in Ibadan, Oyo State capital between the Action Congress (AC) torch bearer, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola and the incumbent governor over the electoral dispute resulting from the 2007 governorship election tango is another shocker that may alter the calculation of the aspirants for the 2011 polls.
Information available to OSUN DEFENDER has further shown that some political office holders of the PDP extraction, who are aspirants, have started purchasing vehicles of different brands, motocycles and other items that would be used to induce the party leaders and structures that will guarantee their aspirations.
Findings showed that amongst the leading aspirants that have started working on their acts are: Senator Iyiola Omisore, Secretary to the State Government, (SSG) Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, Chief Lere Oyewumi, Elder Peter Babalola, while the under-dog aspirants are Professor Muib Opeloye, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Diran Odeyemi, Special Adviser to Oyo State Governor on Special Duties and some scores of undecided.
It was leanrt that Omisore still enjoys a robust romance with the embattled governor, who according to a source in the Government House, is keeping to the end of the stick in line with an existing truce. It would be recalled that the duo of Omisore and Oyinlola were in a no-love-lost scenario before the latter relegated his pride, literarily kneeling down to beg the impeached deputy governor before the truce was secured.
As the Ile-Ife born politician is preparing to grab the party ticket if there would be an election in 2011, the hurdles before him are the religious and impeachment cards that are being touted by his rivals.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that Omisore’s rivals have started flying a kite of Muslim governorship candidate, arguing that the people of the state would not vote for a Christian after eight years of a Christian-Christian ticket, a situation that has compelled some PDP gladiators from Ile-Ife to chart up the easy-going Professor Opeloye, as a potential alternative to the maverick Omisore.
Besides, the SSG has started warming up to fly the party’s flag in the next governorship poll in the state, a situation that has made him to start sponsoring some Islamic organizations and clerics on their programmes all in a way to warm his way into the hearts of the electorate.
However, Akinbade was reported to have prepared the minds of his supporters to start preparing for any eventuality, which could not be divorced from moving en masse to another party should he find it difficult to realize his ambition in the over crowded PDP.
Findings further revealed that the declaration of the Chairman, Irewole Local Government Council Area, Chief Oyewumi, last week for the post of governor on the party’s platform has set a tone for the imminent political war between him and his kinsman, who doubles as Chief of Staff to the Governor, Babalola.
It would be recalled that the duo of Oyewumi and Babalola were not seeing eyeball-to eyeball before the 2007 polls, as a result of political differences, despite the fact that they are operating on the same platform.
A political pundit said that Oyewumi was not really serious about his ambition about the governorship post, but declared interest to slight Babalola and negotiate for the deputy governorship ticket simultaneously.
It was learnt that Oyewumi has taken control of the PDP machinery in Irewole Local Government Council Area, a structure he may want to use to negotiate with whoever emerges as a flag bearer.
Though, Babalola is still scheming very hard to secure the governorship ticket, a source hinted that without the support of Oyewumi, the embattled Chief of Staff could not even win a primary election in Irewole.
Meanwhile, the opposition parties in the state have started receiving tip-off from some PDP gladiators, who are ready to defect, should the party play game with their ambition.
By OUR REPORTER