Confronted by the reality of defeat by the Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate in the last April 14 governorship election, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, a pan Yoruba socio-economic and political group, Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), has urged the embattled governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola to start packing his property from the Government House.
According to the state Secretary of the group, Barrister Gbenga Akano, who spoke to OSUN DEFENDER at the weekend, the Court of Appeal, sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, would do justice on the petition filed by Aregbesola against the controversial judgment of Justice Thomas Naron-led governorship election petitions tribunal that sat in Osogbo, the state capital, which upheld the election of Oyinlola as the governor of the state.
Akano a legal aide to the AC flagbearer, maintained that “as the state gets into the New Year, Oyinlola’s days in office are numbered”, stressing that before the end of 2009, Aregbesola would be declared as the elected governor of the state.
The secretary, who is among Aregbesola’s legal team arguing the petition at the appellate court, revealed that the application filed at the appeal court by Aregbesola to submit the alleged call logs containing conversations between Oyinlola’s lead counsel at the tribunal, Chief Kunle Kalejaiye and Naron (the Chairman of the tribunal), which purportedly compromised the tribunal, has gathered momentum as the court is about to give ruling on the application.
It would be recalled that a national news magazine, “TheNEWS” had, in 2007, published a comprehensive investigative story with forensic finesse on how Kalejaiye and some of the tribunal judges, were exchanging calls, SMS, MMS in the night, during the day and even during the court sessions.
Aregbesola’s application to adduce the call logs was argued on December 1, 2008 at the appellate court by the lead counsel to Aregbesola’s legal team, Mr. Kola Awodein, (SAN), while Owolade objected the application, even as he could not proffer any authority to support his objection.
Akano said: ”Oyinlola should start packing his load in this 2009. This administration has been completely rejected by the people of the state. Oyinlola is sitting on a stolen mandate and the Court of Appeal will sack him from office this year, because we believe justice will be done on the case without fair or favour”.
While rekindling the hope of Aregbesola and AC members, Akano lauded their courage to remain steadfast, despite all humiliation and harassment from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.
However, he reiterated the party’s decision to pursue the case to a glorious stage, maintaining that the party is sure of victory.
In a related development, a Lagos traditional seer, Augustine Adegunloye, has predicted that three governors the South-West would lose their seats in this year.
Adegunloye, whose previous predictions had come to pass, stated that the three governors are from PDP, adding that the party would definitely suffer for its numerous atrocities in the last general elections.
The seer disclosed that the governors that might lose their seats on legal battle included, Oyinlola, Olusegun Agagu of Ondo State and Adebayo Akala of Oyo State.