SURELY, the Action congress (AC), in the length and breadth of Oriade Local Government council area of Osun state, is fully on ground”, so said Honourable Olufemi Balogun, a chieftain of the party in Lagos and Osun states, who hails from the council area.
That was after the party had taken its rally round Ijebu-Ijesa, the council head-quarters. The rally went on for hours, and in the end, members patted themselves on the back for a job well done.
Balogun who bank-rolled the rally, declared the rally a huge success. “The people Democratic Party (PDP) in the state stole our mandate and worst still, the PDP says we are dead, but the rally we have just taken round the town sufficiently proved that we are fully on ground in Oriade Local Government”, Balogun enthused.
Indeed, the rally constitute party leaders, women leaders, youth leaders, elders, members and supporters from across the 12 wards of the council area, filled everywhere with a great infectious impact. It was on a market day, old women hurriedly turned out from the market and their closets, turning their wrappers round their waists to catch a glimpse of the rallying AC.
But old men looked straight inside their glasses, with their hair strands stand erect, while rivulets of wrinkles played on their foreheads. With disdain fully etched on this faces, the old men sitting on broken benches in front of their houses, rained curses on the administration of the PDP in the state which they said, has caused discomfort to their children.
Prince Ajibade Onibokun, a chieftain of the party in the state and Hon. Taiwo Fatiregun, the party’s chairmanship candidate for the local government told the people along the rally route that Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola’s recent appointment of 750 executive assistants for the local government chairman was a sheer waste of the tax payers’ money in the state.
Balogun, a Lagos accountant was more penetrating “There are no laudable projects in the state, yet, Oyinlola has gone ahead to foist that train of assistants on the local government councils in the state. Of course, Oyinlola has no antecedent of developmental projects. He was in Lagos as a military administrator and was nicknamed “No Bitumen”. Maruwa came after him, also as a military administrator in Lagos and constructed quite a good number of roads Other people at the rally said the PDP in the state has tracks of a Satanist, wrecking considerable havoc, leaving pains, misery and sorrow everywhere in the state.
Ectasy and humour radiated on the faces of everyone present at the rally. The euphoria of the moment came from the party’s flagbearer, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola’s petition that was opened at the Court of Appeal, Ibadan, Oyo State last week.
Women and youths in the party in their thousands danced a “hope” dance that added colours to the rally. They danced it with vehement dashes. They grinned. They graped. And they genuflected. They were all happy. The rally ended up at the Ijebu-Ijesa Town Hall where it started. Mission accomplished.
Present at the rally were High Chief Ogunsanya Isola, party chairman in the council, Pa Oribamise Idowu, vice chairman, Obatuyi Gbenga, Secretary, Hon (Mrs.) Omowumi Florence Ishola, the council women leader, Hon Chief Yinka Ogunjuyigbe, one-time council chairman in Chief Bisi Akande Alliance For Democracy (AD)-led administration in the state, Fatiregun, AC chairmanship candidate for the council, his vice chairmanship candidate, Hon. Ajimotokin Adekunle, Kola Olabisi, OSUN DEFENDER Managing Editor, Hon. Ayeni Omoniyi, Hon. Oladunjoye Olawale, the party’s PRO in the local government, among several others.
Shortly after the rally, Association of Action Congress (AC) chairmen in all the 30 local government councils in the state including the Area Office also held its meeting at the Ijebu-Ijesa Town Hall.
Part of the resolutions of the meeting was that the AC members in the state should continue to embrace peace as the long-awaited light at the end of the tunnel was fast approaching.
The association reiterated its continuous belief in the judiciary, adding that the presence of some bad eggs in the judiciary does not mean that there are no exceptionally upright ones among them.
Its words: “There is no profession where there are no bad eggs and good ones. It is the conviction of our members that justice would be done all the AC’s petitions before the Court of Appeal currently sitting in Ibadan. Justice Thomas Damar Naron and members of his panel, who initially heard the various petition in the state are unworthy ambassadors of the judiciary”.
Members were later entertained in the Iloko country-home of their host, High Chief Ogunsanya.
By ISAAC OLUSESI