STARRED by the possibility of loosing power and defeat at the Court of Appeal in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, on the appeal suit filed by Osun State Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate in the last election, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, armed political thugs allegedly hired by the People Democratic Party(PDP) unleashed terror on members and supporters of the AC, who were outside the court premises.
The armed hoodlums were reportedly acting under the directive of the PDP Deputy state Chairman, Mr Ojo Williams, who ordered the thugs to attack any of the opposition party members seen around the court premises.
According to an eye witness at the court, the armed political thugs were allegedly led by the Supervisor for Works in Olorunda Local Government Council Area of the state, Mr Olatunde Babatunde Solomon, who came to the court in an 18-seater bus, loaded with guns, cutlasses and charms.
Immediately after the Justice Victor Omage – led panel admitted the result of Adrian Forty’s finger- print analysis, the physical counting results and the police report on the controversial April 14,2007 governorship election in the state, Williams reportedly ordered the hoodlums to unleash terror on the AC members and supporters.
The outcome of the court proceeding was believed to have intimidated the ruling PDP, a situation that instigated the chieftain to order the attack, having known the imminent loss by the party in the governorship legal tussle.
Not less than 20 people sustained various degrees of injuries in the attack, which lasted for nothing less than 30 minute before the policemen came to the rescue of the victims.
The supporters of the AC, who came from Lags State were among those people that were injured by the PDP thugs.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that about 40 members of the armed PDP thugs have been arrested by the armed mobile policemen, who stormed the court premises following a distress call sent to the police station by the people around the area.
However, William (the PDP deputy chairman) had fled the scene shortly after the hoodlums started unleashing terror on members of the opposition parties from Osun State.
Besides, the outcome of the court proceeding had reportedly sent jitters down the spine of embattled governor of the state, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and the ruling party as they maintained what many regarded as uneasy silence in Osogbo, the state capital and other areas of the state.
Members of the ruling party that went to the appeal court arrived Osun in the night as a result of shame of the defeat they met at the appeal court and the fear of loosing power.
A member of the PDP in Ilesa area of the state reportedly lost consciousness and fainted when he heard that all the evidences tendered by Aregbesola were admitted by the appellate court.
It would be recalled that the PDP had last month celebrated what could be described as a dubious victory on the dismissal of the Call Log application as an additional evidence in the suit, a situation that turned
Osogbo, and its neighbouring towns in to one big celebration ground.
By ISMAIL USMAN