OSUN TRIBUNAL SCANDAL: Reps Trade Tackles Over Osun Tribunal’s Investigation

OSUN State people have reacted to the comments made by Honourables Ismail Kolawole and Kayode Idowu on the desirability of the House of Representatives to summon the Nigeria Judicial Council (NJC) over the scandal that rocked the state first poll tribunal.

In separate interviews with OSUN DEFENDER, the people condemned the stance of the duo of Kolawole and Idowu, both members of the lower chamber of the National Assembly from the state, as unpatriotic and a disservice to the people of the state of Osun on whose back they rose to become lawmakers.

Hon Henry Dickson, Chairman of the House Committee on Justice until Thursday August 7, 2008 had said the scandal; was a gully erosion that could wash away public confidence in the nation’s judiciary, and promised that the House would look into the allegation.

A Lagos – base weekly tabloid THE NEWS had in successive editions recently revealed gory details of alleged telephone conversations and textual messages between Kunle Kalejaiye, lead counsel to Oyinlola and the tribunal chairman, Justice Thomas Naron and another member of the panel, Justice Joe Ekanem.

The lawmakers from the state, however said the scandal that shook the tribunal to its very foundation and quacken the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) Olagunsoye Oyinlola, governor of the state and a contestant in the governorship claim, was not deserving of the attention of the House as the arch – contestant and governorship candidate of the Action Congress (AC) in the state, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola had taken the case further to the Appeal Court.

In Osun East senatorial district, Prince Jibade Onibokun, a chieftain of AC described the comments of the two lawmakers as unguided outburst of Oyinlola’s distant sympathizers in the garb of sycophancy.
Onibokun, who spoke on phone from Lagos noted that the weeping lawmakers needed to be abreast of the illicit exchanges between the tribunal chairman and Oyinlola through his counsel while the case lasted.

Comrades Kunle Alao and Christopher Okunade, from Iragbiji and Okuku in Osun Central Senatorial district of the state called for a National Patriotism Commission and said the lawmakers should be made liable to the commission, to explain the role of the tribunal proceedings that eventuated the widely discredited judgment.

Lecturers in the tertiary institutions of learning across the state, who preferred not to have their names in print noted the legislators were barely educated to be able to do a content analysis of the wishes and aspirations of the majority of the people of the state. They questioned the lawmaker’s representation in the hollowed chamber.


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