THE cover of the embattled Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola has been blown open, as touching the supply of fake army uniforms, arms and ammunitions to thugs loyal to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State for the forthcoming rerun governorship election in the state.
It would be recalled that the Court of Appeal that sat on the appeal suit filed by Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate in Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, in Ilorin, Kwara State capital gave a judgment that nullified some wards election that purportedly brought the ousted Governor Segun Oni of the PDP to power.
According to information made available to OSUN DEFENDER, the Ekiti AC has gotten the tape, where Oyinlola promised the 16 local government council chairmen that he was more than ready to supply fake military uniforms, arms and ammunitions to prosecute the election slated for 25 April 2009, to the presidency with a covering letter.
Findings revealed that the letter was signed by the party chairman in the state, Chief Jide Awe, detailing how the embattled Osun State chief executive met the council bosses at Jibowu Hall of the Ekiti State Government House, where he charged them (chairmen) to win the election for Oni by all means.
It was learnt that Oyinlola met the council chiefs around 8pm on the day President Umar Yar’Adua led the PDP national leadership to Igede-Ekiti, where he specifically told them (chairmen) that they could not afford to lose Ekiti to AC, charging them to release money to the fake military men that would be used to intimidate and harass voters suspected to be loyal to the AC.
According to the tape recording that has been placed on the internet: “We must win Ekiti by all means. This meeting is to inform you that the AC has their own plans, but our own plan must surpass theirs. I will get you fake army uniforms, arms and ammunitions to prosecute the election. Yours is to release money to the people that would be used, and no fuck-up”, Oyinlola boasted to the council chairmen.
However, his plot to militarize Ekiti State came to the open when one of the council chairmen in attendance secretly recorded the encounter via his hi-tech mobile telephone and made it available to the AC flag-bearer.
It would be recalled that the Okuku-born military officer turned politician quickly denied meeting the Ekiti council chairmen, saying that the AC leadership was getting back at him, because he castigated the character of its leadership; asking the party to come up with a proof; if there was any, unknown to him that his voice was on tape.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the National Security Adviser (NSA) was mouth-agaped when the evidential proof of the Oyinlola plot was unveiled, as the presidency had earlier thought it was a mere allegation with the aim of scoring cheap political point.
Meanwhile, an authoritative source within the association of Ekiti Council Chairmen, under the platform of ALGON has confided in the medium that the council bosses had met with Fayemi to pledge their support for him.
Checks showed that the council chiefs made the deft move, when all the indices pointed to the victory of the AC flag-bearer, promising to defect to the party en-masse the following day of Fayemi’s declaration as the duly-elected governor of the state.
According to an opinion polls conducted by OSUN DEFENDER as touching the plausible election result in the 64 wards in Ekiti State, with seven per cent marginal error, Fayemi, who has an advantage of 16,000 votes on ground ahead of Oni, still led by 69.5 per cent while his PDP counterpart has 20 per cent, and four per cent is yet to decide.
Speaking on the development, the Osun State AC Director of Research and Strategies, Mr. Sunday Akere said that Oyinlola should act like a man by owning up, once the whole plot has been blown open.
“Of course, it is in the character of Oyinlola to throw bomb, persecute opposition leaders, use force to rig himself to power. Now, that he has been caught in his game, I advise him to own up like a man and bury his head in shame,” Akere said.
By GOKE BUTIKA