•Oyinlola’s Household, Aides, Commissioners Move Out Personal Effects
•Untold Secret Of Lawmakers’ Oath Taking
WIND has eventually blown off the rump of a fowl for the people to see, as the MTN Nigeria has finally submitted the details of voice calls and textual messages that were secretly exchanged between the lawyer to the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Mr. Kunle Kalejaiye, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), and the alleged compromised chairman of the Election Petitions Tribunal that sat in Osogbo, Osun State capital, Justice Thomas Damar Naron, to THE NEWS magazine, as ordered by a Lagos High Court.
It would be recalled that the magazine published a comprehensive investigative story with forensic finesse on how the defence attorney and two of the judges on the panel were exchanging calls, text messages and MMS in the night, day and even during the court sessions; a situation that compelled the Ibadan senior lawyer and the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Osun State, Mr. Lasisi Olagunju to cry blue-murder.
In some advertorials in selected national newspapers, Kalejaiye and Olagunju laboured so hard to rubbish the investigative piece, but the management of the Independent Communications, the publisher of THE NEWS magazine dared the aggrieved duo, challenging them to approach any court of law, if indeed they have any case.
As a matter of fact, Kalejaiye threatened to sue the publisher on the matter, promising to seek redress quickly with a view to clearing his name and integrity at stake; while Olagunju settled for name-calling and buck passing, instead of treating issues.
However, the Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, who petitioned the controversial tribunal, had earlier posited during a world press conference that with the awesome revelation of the magazine’s stories, the verdict of the controversial tribunal would be rejected, even if he was declared the winner.
When the dust was raised, Naron tribunal, in a manner suggestive of hidden agenda quickly fixed a date for judgment, and all entreaties from the petitioner’s lawyer, Mr. Kola Awodein to the tribunal to suspend the delivery of judgment until the determination of the allegation levelled against it, failed. While the controversy was raging, THE NEWS management dragged the rattled Kalejaiye and the restless Olagunju to the Lagos High Court, where the issue of secret conversations between the latter and the embattled Justice Naron was tabled before the law.
The presiding judge, Justice D.O. Oluwayemi then ordered MTN to make copies of the log available to the Independent Communications Ltd. While making the log available, the telecommunication company owned up that Kalejaiye and Naron actually spoke and exchanged text messages on 080340662075 and 08037035705 respectively.
In a letter signed by the MTN Senior Manager, Commercial legal, Mr. Rotimi Odusola, which was addressed to Simmons Coopers Partners, lawyers to THE NEWS magazine and the court, Justice Naron was confirmed to have made 12 calls to Kalejaiye’s 080340662075 between March and May. He also sent 20 text messages to the flamboyant lawyer through the same line within the period.
While Kalejaiye sent 24 text messages through his line, 08034662075 to Naron’s 08037033105, and made two calls on March 31, which lasted 31 minutes and on May 31, which lasted 25 minutes respectively.
Besides, the MTN has apologized for not making the remaining call logs available for now, stating that the difficultly in obtaining the remaining information has to do with network and technicality hitches; which the company promised to make available later.
Checks further showed that the ruling of the Court of Appeal on the acceptance or otherwise of the call logs would go a long way to determine what will happen to the verdict of the Naron-led tribunal, which awarded the second respondent, Olagunsoye Oyinlola a controversial victory.
Findings at the Oke-fia Government House, Osogbo, has shown that the fear of the call logs has griped the camp of Oyinlola, who has secretly started moving out some personal effects to his country home at Okuku, Odo-Otin Local Government Council Area of the state, together with members of his household.
According to an authoritative source, the embattled state helmsman was embarking on the secret move in order not to be caught napping in case of any eventuality, saying that the bravery displayed by the Court of Appeal on the petition of Governor Adams Oshiomhole has further sent jitters into the spine of the Oyinlola’s camp.
In another development, the untold secret behind wish-washy prosecution of some disputed House of Assembly petitions filed by some AC and PDP candidates against some incumbent legislators has been exposed, a drama that further strengthened the alleged compromise of the Naron tribunal.
It was learnt that the 26 members of the House in the course of a courtesy visit to the palace of a prominent traditional ruler in the state, were skillfully coarsed into an oath taking; where they pledged to maintain the status quo.
OSUN DEFENDER learnt that the oath taking meeting took place in the presence of Justice Naron and his counterparts, a situation that further emboldened the tribunal to go haywire with its perceived purchased verdict.
By OUR REPORTER