Candidates fielded by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last year’s general elections in Osun
State and declared winners by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state, were most embarrassed by their unprecedented victories at the polls as they were not privy to how the party’s rigging operatives massively did it, Osun defender was authoritatively informed.
Enthusiastic about speaking with the press, not minding who the reporter was, the PDP local chieftains who were recently at the burial service of Chief Joseph Egbeleye Adekanmi Operinmade held at St. Paul’s Anglican church, Ilase-Ijesa in Obokun local government council area, confessed that the state Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola and other PDP candidates in the elections were returned by INEC in the face of controvertible allegations of non-performance against them, and attributed it to INEC official corruption.
The PDP local lords who said they defected from the Action Congress (AC) early this year, were at the burial of Operinmade, father of Honourable Adejumo Operinmade, AC ward 4 chairman in the council area, saying that “the kind of politics and politicking we had while we were in AC, is not about bitterness, and we cannot look away from our former ward chairman and a co-native whose father’s funeral and outing service is being held today.”
Speaking separately with the medium, Demola Ogundare, Supo Daramola and one Makinde, formerly of AC, regretted the glaring failure of the system to bring the corrupt agencies of government to justice, the development, they said, has portrayed the government at the centre as being insincere in its anti-graft war.
The choir voices during the burial service tore through the characteristic still of Ilase-Ijesa, and gently shook the reeds and leaves around. The air was charged inside the church where the choristers had turned on a shower of songs, and the guests from far and near suddenly jumped to their feet in ecstasy, clapping and dancing to the soul-lifting lyrics in celebration of a fulfilled life of the AC chief’s father, aged 96 years.
As the lead chorister waved to the high heavens Singing “Angels are singing, you are worthy Oh! Lord,” the guests were thrown into leveric with fire of praises for Operinmade’s life well spent.
Reacting to the confession by the PDP men, Chief Ogunkeyede JMK, AC chieftain in the state who is also an indigene of Ilase-Ijesa, said the government’s war against official corruption is not being pursued with all seriousness.
Ogunkeyede regretted that the federal government has not matched its intention to combat official corruption with action, as he noted that the weak link in the anti-corruption crusade is the ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo’s official policy statement that the anti-graft commissions are not meant to fill the prisons, but to recover the looted funds.
Addressing a caucus of AC immediately after the funeral and outing service of Operinmade, the AC state chieftain stated that electorate in any political space would want to vote for a positive change and good governance.
He however stressed that the election organizing body’s official corruption deprived the electorate of the credible people they had desired to have through the elections held last year.
Present at the funeral service included Honourables Kunle Ayantoye, AC chairmanship candidate Ifedayo local government, Gbenga Ogunleye and Ashaolu Oladiran, respectively AC chairmanship candidate and ex-party ex-chairman, Obokun local government, Mrs Funke Ajayi, General Women leader, Mrs Bolatito Ojo, Women leader ward 9, and Isaac Coker, among others.