•Oyinlola Tells Jittery Council Bosses
A gulf in the relationship between the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun State and
the 30 local government council areas’ chairmen in the state, seems to be widening, just as the former has reportedly shunned the latter, over their cases at the Appeal Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Association of Local Governments Of Nigeria (ALGON) members in Osun State were reported to have consulted the governor on the need to help them out at the Appeal Court over their controversial December 15 local council elections in the state, being challenged by the opposition political parties.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the council chairmen allegedly appealed to the governor to give them a similar treatment to that of the Election Petitions Tribunal that sat in the state, since the appellate court has commenced hearing on the appeal of the local government elections, for them to retain their seats.
Having foreseen failure at the appellate court, the chairmen also reportedly appealed to the governor that Should the Appeal Court upturn their elections and orders fresh local government elections in the state, the governor should give them the same 2007 treatment for them to win the elections by hook or crook means.
The source then revealed to this medium that after the council chairmen had made their request known to the governor, they were disappointed with the response of the embattled state helmsman, as they reportedly received a negative response and were allegedly lambasted for their low performances in their various council area.
According to the source, Oyinlola reportedly tongue-lashed the council chairmen, stating that he was so disappointed about their performances and he would not hesitate to turn down their offer, just because their administrations have performed below average.
The governor then left the council chairmen to their fate, warning them not to approach him with such matter again, unless he changes his mind over his decision not to help them out on the case at the appeal court.
He was reported to have stated that up till the time he was approached for help by the council chairmen, he was still battling with the problem arising from his own controversial victory at the April 14, 2007 governorship election, especially on the controversies that arose from the Justice Thomas Naron-led tribunal that sat in the state, saying that nobody ever helped him out of his problem too.
It was also gathered that the governor reportedly stated that in case the court orders a fresh local council election, he would only concentrate on the few of the 30 council areas that impressed him a bit in terms of performance, in spite of huge amount of money deducted from their allocations.
With the countenance of the governor to their requests, the council chairmen have reportedly bounced back on the council funds, as they have allegedly come to a conclusion not to carry out any developmental projects in their domains for them to have so much to fall back on, in case they are eventually sacked by the appellate court.
As part of their moves to illegally acquire wealth, the council chairmen have allegedly reduced the number of pilgrims to Mecca from each council area and the amount to be given to each of them, as directed by the state government.
It would be recalled that opposition political parties in the state are challenging the controversial December 15, 2007 council polls at the appellate court and the hearing on the matter has commenced.
The hearing of the case at the Appeal Court has however sent jitters down the spines of the council chairmen and their councillors across the state, which makes them to be running from pillar to post to ensure that they retain their controversial seats.