Osun Speaker’s Shattered Dream Of Becoming Acting-Governor

AS at the time the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola and the Action Congress (AC) governorship flag-bearer, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola were waiting with bated breath for the judgment of the Court of Appeal that sat in Ibadan, Oyo State capital on March 30, 2009, the Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Honourable Adejare Bello had another plan, as he laboured hard to assume the mantle of leadership of Osun State as acting governor; thinking that the court would declare a re-run of the governorship election.

It would be recalled that the AC standard bearer had filed a petition at Election Petitions Tribunal headed by Justice Thomas Damar Naron, challenging the purported victory of the embattled Governor Oyinlola in the 14 April, 2007 governorship election.

Aregbesola, insisting that he won the lawful votes cast in the state during election, employed the services of forensic experts to cross-check the multiple votings in 12 local government council areas, but was later rejected by the Naron tribunal under suspicious circumstances.

Findings revealed that when the news filtered out that the Court of Appeal had admitted all the evidences presented by Aregbesola, the Speaker, a lawyer himself, had worked out the plausible outcome, and he had concluded that the verdict might order a rerun election in those councils challenged by the petitioner.

It was learnt that the speaker had for long started preparing for the office of the governor, to the extent that he had started consultation with some PDP leaders on how he would govern the state within the stipulated period.

OSUN DEFENDER learnt that Bello had already started a celebration of the new status, a scenario that played out when he was christening his new born child at the legislative quarters, as millions of Naira was squandered on drinks, assorted foods and desserts.

It was learnt that Bello confided in some of his friends that he was having a double celebration, meaning the new baby and the awaiting acting governorship status.

Checks further showed that the Speaker had been invited to a meeting inside the country home of the former Governor Isiaka Adeleke, in Ede, where his awaiting new status was discussed at the instance of the senator.

In a dramatic dimension, on the day of the Judgment, it was said by our source from the Oke-fia Government House that Governor Oyinlola in an emotion-laden voice, spoke with the Speaker via a telephone conversation that he should be preparing to take the mantle of leadership, should the Court of Appeal declare a rerun election.

However, in an atmosphere suggestive of ecstasy, the Speaker had reportedly commissioned some traditional drummers, who would cheer him up should the mantle of leadership falls on his lap; but when the judgment was read and his dream did not come to reality, he was reportedly down-cast.

Information has it that the contracted talking-drummers safely tucked their drums under their flowing gowns of native agbada, while coming to Ede quietly.