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CRITICISMS have started trailing a statement credited to the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Osun State Governor, Mr. Lasisi Olagunju, who claimed that a syndicate attempted to swindle the state Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola on Monday, December 29, 2008.
It would be recalled that the CPS claimed that the syndicate used the Governor Oyinlola’s telephone number, 08034040527 to command the state Accountant-General (AG) to pay N15million into bank accounts in the Afribank and the UBA.
According to the statement, the suspected fraudsters had last Tuesday, sent text messages to the state A-G to make a cash deposit of N7million and N8million into the Afribank account of MORRIS DAVID NIG. ENT, 2086303335616 and Anthony Ejieji, UBA account, 00220520135948 respectively.
Reacting to the development, the state Chairman of Joint Action Forum (JAF), Comrade Aderemi Ayanlade said that the CPS statement was a decoy to create an alibi with a view to using it to rubbish the already established secret telephone conversations between the Oyinlola’s lawyer, Mr. Kunle Kalejaiye and the members, Election Petitions Tribunal that sat in Osogbo in 2007/2008, headed by Justice Thomas Damar Naron.
According to him: “The mission of the governor and his boys is to create confusion for the panel of judges that are hearing the application on the acceptance of the call logs engendered from the secret conversations between the Oyinlola’s lawyer and Justice Thomas Damar Naron, the chairman of the election petitions tribunal that sat in Osogbo”.
Besides, the Yoruba socio-cultural and political group, Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) has faulted the CPS’s claim, describing it as a decoy of desperate politicians, who were looking for every string to hold onto, with a view to surviving the current political ‘tsunami’ blowing across the South-West geo-political zone of the country.
In a statement issued and signed by Osun State Publicity Secretary of the group, Mr. Kola Olabisi, ARG said “the rooftop announcement of the syndicate, who wanted to dupe the state government by the CPS and his boss was an amateurish decoy, created in a state of stupor, edited by some desperate politicians, who are afraid of the current political tsunami that is blowing across the states in the South-West axis of the country, and it should be discarded like a used tissue paper; because it can neither stand nor fly”.
Olabisi further challenged the governor and his boys to swing into action by using the aforementioned bank accounts and the telephone numbers to unveil the syndicate, saying that the rooftop approach was an indictment to them.
“A government has a machinery that can be set into motion; let them use the apparatus of the state to unveil the syndicate through the given lines and bank accounts, instead of making noise on the roof-top, “said the Afenifere’s spokesman.
He further said that: “The statement credited to the governor’s spokesman is insulting, nauseating and disgusting, because it could not carry any weight in the prism of intellectual public and we, in Afenifere, would not tolerate any further disgrace to the good people of Osun State via official emblem again”.
In a related development, the state Action Congress (AC) Director of Strategies and Research, Mr. Sunday Akere, in a press statement made available to OSUN DEFENDER on Tuesday, the CPS’ claim on the attempted dupe of the state government to the tune of N15million by a yet-to-be identified syndicate was an indictment against the governor.
Akere disclosed that the syndicate chose to dupe the state government through the text messages because it was an established tradition that the people in the corridor of power in the state have been stealing the tax payers’ funds via telephone conversations.
“Thank God that the governor has succeeded in exposing himself, his mode of operation and the stealing spree in government via telephone conversations and text messages with impunity, and that was exactly what gave the syndicate a liver to try the usual method of the governor, Akere submitted.
According to him, Oyinlola knows that power would soon change hands and he was using the media blitz of the syndicate to create an alibi for their financial improprieties.
In the same vein, the spokesman to the state AC torch-bearer in the 2007 controversial governorship election, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, Mr. Gbenga Fayemiwo, noted that
the claim that Oyinlola’s GSM phone line was being used by the alleged fraudsters was the greatest lie of the century.
According to Fayemiwo, “the innuendo being put in place by the shameless actors in the GSM saga is clear enough for discerning members of the public to know what it is designed to achieve”.
He submitted that the public opprobrium on the illegal communing between the governor’s lawyer, Kalejaiye and some members of the first panel of Osun election petitions tribunal headed by Justice Naron, which has become an application before the Court of Appeal was plausibly responsible for the statement credited to the CPS.
According to Fayemiwo: “Part of Oyinlola’s argument before the Court of Appeal was that a GSM line can be used to send text messages to another person without the knowledge of the owner. He added that it was curious that all the lines used to demonstrate the claim were exclusive to the governor and his aides amongst the 36 state governors in the country.
Fayemiwo maintained that what Oyinlola was trying to do was to rubbish the scientific enterprises of GSM call logs.
He then charged the MTN Nigeria to speak up on the issue to put the record straight, saying that it (MTN) must not allow desperate politicians to expose its integrity to further ridicule.
“This multi-national company should not allow desperate politicians to expose its integrity to further ridicule by this false parading claims being peddled by officials of the Osun State Government, who are desperate to use unorthodox means to wriggle out of the embarrassing Kalejaiye gate” said Fayemiwo.
By GOKE BUTIKA