•PDP Plans To Beg Aregbe
AS the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) commences investigations into the financial commitment to the alleged compromise of the first tribunal that sat over the governorship petition filed by the Action Congress (AC) torch-bearer, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola in Osogbo, Osun State capital, fear of the unknown seems to have gripped the Oke-fia Government House tenant, his cabinet and hangers-on, as the regular night feast have been cancelled lately.
It was gathered that top political officials, political jobbers and their easy-virtued ladies have suddenly evaporated from the sprawling premises of the Oke-Fia Government House, the venue of the unofficial dinner, as the governor and his team have lost appetite to the overwhelming challenges before them.
It would be recalled that the AC petitioned the Farida Waziri led anti-corruption agency about the indicted story as touching the judges of the embattled tribunal and the defence counsel, Mr Kunle Kalejaiye’s (SAN) secret conversations published by The NEWS magazine, urging the EFCC to probe the plausible a financial commitment to the alleged compromise.
In a petition signed by the party scribe in the state, Prince Gboyega Famodun and made available to OSUN DEFENDER in Osogbo, it reads: ‘Such a compromise resulting from familiarly but secret conversations between the tribunal judges and the defence counsel, has the possibility of a financial crime.
Besides, the spokesperson for the Commission, Mr. Femi Babafemi, had last week, clarified the grey areas in the investigation, saying that the MTN management, that was summoned was not on trial, disclosing that the anti-graft agency only needed the detailed conversations of the published call logs.
However, it is no longer at ease at the Oke-Fia Government House, Osogbo, as the top political players in the embattled ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state have seen the body language of the governor, who, according to our source within the Government House, has reached the crossroads over the multi-faceted problems facing him.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered tentatively that the embattled lawyer concerned, Kalejaiye is currently hibernating at the state house, using the state government security vehicle to cruise around, for fear of being molested by the people, who have read about his alleged professional misconduct.
It was learnt that the outcome of the EFCC’s investigations has become another source of concern to the governor and his lawyer, who are not sparing any flank in working out a soft landing for the likely fall-person.
It was reported recently that the embattled tribunal chairman, Justice Thomas Naron had spoken to a senior counsel, who he thought might plead his case before the petitioner to cease fire, in order to save his career.
Besides, it was learnt that the judges in question had allegedly owned up to some of their confidants that the allegation of the telephone conversation was real, expressing their fear that the outcome of the National Judicial Council (NJC), may alter their number of years on the bench.
An unconfirmed information has it that the leadership of the PDP has lobbied some prominent traditional rulers in the state to broker peace between the governor and the opposition leaders, so that the raging political fire could be quenched.
Speaking to OSUN DEFENDER under a strict confidentiality, a political top notcher of PDP extraction disclosed that it is no longer at ease with the governor and his men, particularly the EFCC issues and unceasing legal firework at the tribunal, saying that the problems have actually cancelled the regular feasts at the Government House.
“This opposition has really chocked ‘oga’. In fact, it has affected him greatly and I cannot totally disagree with you that it has affected our ‘faaji’ (merrymaking) these days,” said the politician.