SEQUEL to the victory secured by Osun State Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola at the Court of Appeal against the earlier victory of the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola at the lower tribunal, efforts of some angry chieftains of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to attack the former and some AC chieftains at Oja-Oba central mosque was also thwarted; as Aregbesola shelved his trip to Osun.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the popular Ijesa-born politician had earlier signaled his party leaders that he would be in Osogbo, the state capital last week Friday, with an intention to observe a Jumat prayer service at the central mosque, before he would settle in his office located beside Osun River, along Gbongan road, Osogbo for other political engagements.
Findings revealed that when the news of Aregbesola’s home-coming filtered round, some chieftains of the PDP in Osogbo, who were still aggrieved over the weight attached to the avalanche of evidences presented by Aregbesola, then quickly summoned the two ousted council bosses, in Olorunda and Osogbo to mobilize their thugs to the mosque with a view to unleashing terror on his (Aregbesola) motorcade after the service.
It was learnt that the two ousted council Chiefs, quickly moved-in with huge money, which, was distributed to the hoodlums, who were to carry out the attack, while one of the Advisers to the sacked Osogbo council boss, Mr. Teslim Igbalaye was reported to have led the gang.
However, when it was learnt that Aregbesola was not coming again, the thugs, who were busy drinking inside a bus that was stocked with arms, ranging from guns, machetes, charms and other dangerous items, were disappointed.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the thugs then decided to play around with their dangerous weapons to register their presence, a scenario that frightened traders and passers-by, who could not help by scampered to safety.
Reacting on the development, a two-term Osogbo council Chairman, who doubles as AC leader in the state, Alhaji Fatai Diekola expressed his displeasure about the ugly scenario, saying that the PDP should recognize that it has no monopoly of violence.
Diekola reiterated that the PDP has demonstrated its sinister plan to eliminate Aregbesola by all means, through the display of violence in front of Osogbo Central Mosque, noting that once the police have been made helpless in the show of shame, AC would then be forced to resort to self-help anytime the governorship candidate of AC is coming home.
“We have heard about the PDP thugs, who wanted to attack our leader, Aregbesola, we have the information about their sponsor, but I should let them known that nobody or party has a monopoly of violence. More worrisome is the lackluster attitude of the police to the scenario. With this, we may not rely in police arrangement for Aregbesola again,” said Diekola.
Besides, an opinion leader in Osogbo, Alhaji Baruwa Oduola has condemned the use of violence, which he claimed was not part of democratic values.
“Let just say that violence is part of the characteristics of the PDP, but if we must settle our differences with guns and machetes, then we are destroying our democratic values,” said Oduola.
By ISMAIL USMAN