We have been reliably informed of alleged plans by Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola to use some operatives of a particular security agency (name withheld) to hire false witnesses to testify against and implicate leaders of the Action Congress (AC) in Osun State over the June 14, 2007 explosion at the State Secretariat, Abere.
Under this plan, it was gathered that four false witnesses have allegedly been arranged and coached on what to say in court to implicate the AC leaders who are already standing trial and those to be arrested in a massive clampdown on the operating structure of the opposition political parties.
The plan is to ensure that the AC and other progressive political parties who are opposed to Governor Oyinlola are to be silenced and rendered ineffective long before the 2011 General Elections.
The witnesses, we further learnt, are four in number both male and female and have been told to stand in the dock to testify against the AC chieftains so as to frustrate their bail bids and keep them away in jail for as long as possible to ensure that the opposition does not have a virile background to organise and pose any challenge to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party’s calculations for future poll.
We use this opportunity to call on the federal government to ensure that its security operatives are not hired by Governor Oyinlola to destroy Nigeria’s democratic future.
This is coming at a time the Nigeria Police appeared to be backing away from politicised security operations contract given out by Governor Oyinlola for execution against his opponents.
The particular security agency should reflect seriously on its neutral credentials and refuse to make itself available for a partisan project designed, financed, orchestrated and patronised by Governor Oyinlola and the PDP against the opposition.
We are all aware of how the arrested suspect, Richard Abayomi Adesanmi was earlier this year, spirited out of Ilesa Prisons, taken to the detention cells of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and from there to the Governor’s Lodge, Oke-Fia, Osogbo where he was cajoled, coached and coerced into recanting and changing his statement.
We have asked times without number that the call logs of the suspects directly connected with the blast be secured to expose those who had interactions with them before during and after the explosion.
Rather than using this scientific and technological methodology to expose the brains behind the plot, Governor Oyinlola has been using spurious methodology to hunt down his opponent.
We know factually that if a wicked man states his case, the course of justice is sure-footed in facts and evidence to the extent that a wicked judge will not decide it.
We advise various security agencies of the Federal Government to remember their oath of office and loyalty to Nigeria in avoiding partisanship and refusing to be used to settle scores against the opponents of Governor Oyinlola and the PDP. It is not a sin against the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to differ from the Governor.
At the highest level of governance, those who criticise President Umar Musa Yar’Adua are not hounded with phoney allegations neither are they hounded around as it is happening in Osun State.
To date, the particular security agency remains a widely respected and highly professional security agency of the government that has distinguished itself in the task of nation-building so far and we love it to remain so.
By Gbenga Fayemiwo
Media Director to Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, Gubernatorial Candidate of the Action Congress (AC) in Osun State