PDP Plans To Stop Aregbesola From Iwude Celebration

•Oyinlola Should Stay Away, Indigenes Demand

THE fear of the Osun state Action Congress Congress (AC) governorship candidate appears to be the beginning of wisdom for the embattled ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the Ijesa extraction of the party (PDP) were battling tooth and nail to stop the colorful politician from the grand finale of ‘Iwude ‘ festival holding on Saturday.

According to an investigation conducted by OSUN DEFENDER, the Aregbesola’s adversaries were led by an erstwhile minister under the dark era of Abacha military junta, premising their action on the magnitude of crowd the politician would draw if he attends the programme.

A source close to the palace said that the minister, who was once a progressive politician in the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s school of thought, before defecting to the conservative block, maintained at a meeting held in the palace of Owa Obokun Adimula of Ijesaland, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran on Wednesday morning that Aregbesola’s politics might compel the state apparatus that ought to grace the festival, to stay away.

Findings revealed that another Ijesa elder, who was an ex-diplomat reportedly challenged the ex-Minister to substantiate his argument with salient points and examples to convince the elders, who would decide on the coming or otherwise of the AC torch bearer, who is a son of the soil or otherwise.
It was gathered that the ex-Minister, who is known for his oratorical prowess cited home-coming of Aregbesola last week Saturday, saying that the way and manner people were trooping out to receive him was unusual and could cause chaos if such a situation repeat itself on Saturday.

One of the elders in the meeting dismissed the former Minister’s allegation as a vituperation, saying that there was nothing wrong in a politician attracting a crowd, as long as peace reigns, handing that Aregbesola could not be stopped simply because he would attract crowd of supporters and sympathizers.

He maintained that if anybody would be stopped, it is the agents not a ‘son of the soil’, disclosing that Iwude festival was scheduled to hold once in a year in order to promote unity among Ijesa sons and daughters.

It was learnt also that the majority of the elders at the meeting agreed with the submission that Aregbesola should attend the ceremony with pomp and pageantry to the disappointment of the Abacha Minister.

Besides, a senior police officer at the meeting, who spoke on the issue, disclosed that the inspector- General of Police IGP, Mike Okiro has ordered for a water-tight security for Aregbesola, if he elected to attend the ceremony.

However, a reliable information at the disposal of OSUN DEFENDER indicated that one of the Ilesa Councils Chairmen, who is famous for his notoriety has been contacted to organize a horde of thugs to ensure that Aregbesola’s supporters are attacked on Saturday.

In a related development, the majority of Ijesas, who spoke to OSUN DEFENDER during the week called on Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola to stay away, if his coming to the festival would unleash terror on the ancient town of Ilesa.

They said that ‘Iwude’ Festival is an Ijesa affair and only a peace loving guest could be welcomed, saying that if he tries to re-enact the Oroki day gory episode, Ijesa sons and daughters would rise up against him.

Our reporter, who is covering the ceremony disclosed that a comprehensive deliberation of Ijesa elders and the security personnel was held on Friday morning, where the coming of Aregbesola was discussed and the resolution has not been disclosed to the public as at the time of filing this report.