THE unusual relationship that existed between the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun State and the controversial former State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Suleimon Fakai seems to have been revived as the current police boss in the state, Mr. John Moronike has become a political functionary as he now represents the governor at official functions.
This allegation was confirmed on Wednesday, as the police boss –stood in for the state governor during the recent Independence Day Anniversary celebration held at Osogbo City Stadium.
Oyinlola, who shunned the celebration, OSUN DEFENDER gathered, was the only governor in the South-West of the country to avoid the celebration of the Independence anniversary.
It would be recalled that opposition political parties in the state have questioned the independence and neutrality of the state police boss, arguing that the number one police officer in the state has compromised.
Meanwhile, the state chapter of the Action Congress (AC) condemned the absence of the governor at the occasion, saying that his representation by the state police boss was appalling and nauseating
in a press statement signed by the party’s Director of Research and Strategy, Mr. Sunday Akere made available to OSUN DEFENDER in Osogbo on Friday, the party stated that Moronike’s acceptance to represent the the governor at the celebration had completely ridiculed the Nigerian Police.
According to the party, Oyinlola has again exhibited his absolute contempt for democracy and lack of dedication to nation building, adding that the state police command under Moronike has chosen to conduct itself as an arm of PDP in the state.
The statement read: “Most appalling and nauseating is the profound absence of any of Oyinlola’s so-called senior aides who are supposed to be democrats at the said celebration.
“Prince Oyinlola, our noble Nero by his absence, shows his lack of dedication to nation building and absolute disregard for democratic ethos. In other states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), civilians and supposed democratically-elected representatives were represented at the independence celebration by either the vice-president ministers, deputy governors speakers of the house or any of their civilian collaborators.
“Bad enough, Prince Oyinlola exhibited his absolute contempt for democracy by deciding to have the Commissioner of Police, Moronike to stand-in for him.
“At the time Prince Oyinlola was supposed to attend this special function, he will rather prefer to dance away at a Lagos club where he attended other social function, instead of gracing the event which symbolized the liberty and freedom of the people.
“Oyinlola’s absence to us (Osun AC) is nothing but admittance of his rejection by the people and lack of democratic credentials because since stealing the people’s mandate in the April 14, 2007 governorship election, he has made it a point of duty to cleverly avoid public functions that will bring him face-to-face with Osun people.
“Moronike’s acceptance to represent the governor ridicules the Nigeria police and calls to question, the supposed independence and neutrality expected of the force. Osun Police Command, as the opposition parties have been saying is compromise, the party stated.
Osun AC then advised the state police boss not to take up such responsibility again, warning him to leave the governor also to carry what is called his doomed cross alone.