The statement hurriedly issued on Tuesday by the Osun State Government that it was not planning to restrict the movement of the Governorship Candidate of the Action Congress (AC) in Osun State, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola was a confirmation of its unpopularity and loss of integrity before the electorate.
We had earlier issued a statement wherein we exposed a petition written to the Police by the Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Yinka Adeojo alleging that Aregbesola was planning to disrupt the peace of Osun State.
That the Osun State Government could deny a letter written by its own party showed that things have fallen apart and the centre of this illegitimate regime can no longer hold.
The Olagunsoye Oyinlola regime has become so unpopular and unloved by the electorate that anytime they get the slightest hint of Aregbesola coming to town, they are terrified and jittery.
Predictably, they are wont to resort to a misuse of the Police. The fact is that the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) invited Aregbesola to deliver a lecture as part of activities lined up to mark their 2008 Press Week.
He acceptedthe invitation but when last week he discovered that his schedule would not allow him to honour the invitation, Aregbesola contacted the media men to seek a postponement by one week.
The letter by Adeojo claimed falsely that Aregbesola gave money to Okada riders to mobilise for him. We challenge him to show prove or face the full weight of the law like all liars.
Aregbesola did not contact the Action Congress, neither did he mobilise anybody to give him support. Since last week, he had informed officials of the NUJ Chapel of his request for one-week postponement.
Though it is not new, the statement issued by the Osun State Government that Aregbesola should be law abiding was designed to errorneously paint him in the image of an aggressor when in fact, the PDP administration had made a record as the aggressor.
Why should the Oyinlola regime pick on Aregbesola anytime it has to settle the deficit of illegitimate mandate with which he has been occupying public office?
We have always been law abiding in all our conducts while Oyinlola has consistently been the aggressor that will cry foul after committing the worst crime. Each time Aregbesola visits Osun State, Oyinlola and the PDP suffer from schizophrenia and resort to misuse of the police to threaten the opposition.
Oyinlola did it to Chief Bisi Akande last year when he attempted to stop his book launch in Osogbo using the then Police Commissioner, Alhaji Sulaimon Fakai.
From Oroki Day, 2006 to date, Oyinlola remains the aggressor and violator of the fundamantal rights of his opponents. Availabale crime data show clearly that every unlaful act is traceable to Oyinlola and his PDP.
When a state government becomes jittery and runs amok over the movements of its arch-opponent, the signs are ominous that it never won the peoples mandate to remain in office.
As it was in the past, the aggressor in Osun State is, Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola while Aregbesola has always been at the receiving end of misuse of police authority for partisan purposes.
We urge Nigerians to give events in Osun State in the past, the present and the future more than passing attention so that history will apportion blames and praises to whoever is deserving in the fullness of time.