Worried about the growing popularity of the Action Congress (AC) Governorship candidate
in the last April 14 2007 election, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, facts have now emerged that the Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is now strategizing on how to render the AC flagbearer politically irrelevant in the state.
Information made available to OSUN DEFENDER revealed that the state wing of the PDP has been holding series of meetings on how to silence the AC flagbearer finally and make impossible for him to participate in any other future elections in the state.
A source disclosed that at one of the meetings that had the Governor and the chairman of the party in the state Prince Ademola Rasaq, in attendance, the issue of Aregbesola’s growing popularity was raised.
Lamenting on the issue. one of the PDP chieftains stated that despite all their antics to destroy Aregbesola’s ambition of becoming the governor in the state, he has remained undaunted growing from strength to strength.
The consesus of the opinions at the meeting was therefore that Aregbesola and his party be caged realising that the party has being the major opposition party to the government.
It was reliably gathered that the PDP chieftains pleaded Oyinlola to lead the battle against the opposition, believing that he is the only one that can manipulate the government machinery in the state to do and undo.
OSUN DEFENDER was also informed that the recent arrest of the two AC leaders, Mr. Layi Oyeduntan, Ex-Commissioner for Health and the state AC Director of Research and Strategy, Mr. Sunday Akere was part of the concluded arrangement at the meeting to silence the opposition leaders on trumped-up charges.
Findings also revealed that the two AC chieftains only topped the list of those to be arrested, as plans are underway to release their onslaught on other leaders of the party both at the state and local levels, over forged allegations like breach of peace and public disturbance.
It was also stated that some people have been given a contract to remove all Aregbesola’s bill-boards throughout the state so as to deceive the masses into bellieving that that Aregbesola is no more interested in the Governorship race.
It was gathered that while the Oyinlola is awaiting the ruling of the Appeal Court over the last April 14 2007 election, members of his PDP were looking forward to the 2011 polls.
Many of the party members interested in the future elections were reported to have put pressure on Oyinlola to take quick and immediate action, as it appears he is only concerned (Oyinlola) about the ruling the appellate court.
An impeccable source also revealed that some activists and leaders of some civil liberty groups, have been slated for arrest as is government is believed to have declared total war against opposition in the state.