Ahead Of Ife Re-run Election: PDP Promises Mayhem

…Rivers’ Case‘ ll be Child’s Play – Party Threatens

Weeks before the proposed re-run election to fill the vacant seat of Ife Central State Constituency in the State of Osun House of Assembly, as a result of the demise of the former legislator representing the area, Honourable Oladejo Makinde, who died last December, the main opposition party in the state, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has concluded plans to unleash unprecedented mayhem on the electorate, should it lose the election.

OSUN DEFENDER gathered from authoritative sources that series of clandestine meetings have been held in various locations across the state in the past few weeks since the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) set the date for the re-run election.

One of the sources had confided in the medium that most of the meetings were held at the numerous  houses owned by the defeated gubernatorial candidate of the party in the August 14th, 2014 election, Senator Iyiola Omisore, in the state scattered across the ancient town.

At the meetings, several issues reportedly came up for discussion; all tailored on the way to ensure victory for the PDP at whatever cost, as members saw the election as the last saving grace for the party, if it truly determines to stay relevant in the state.

“Our members see the coming re-run election in Ife Central Constituency as a do-or-die affair, as it remains the last stroke that will determine the fate of the party in the state. The election will also determine whether the party will stay afloat of go permanently into oblivion,” the source stressed.

To give teeth to the plan, a major stakeholder and financier of the party, whose penchant for violence is legendary has been gathered to have promised to supply logistics to ensure victory for the party at all cost starting with the provision of some vehicles to ensure smooth operation and mobility for those saddled with one responsibility or the other.

This same financier has also taken it upon himself to use his wide range connection in the police hierarchy to ensure hitch-free operations of the members of the party in the course of carrying out their various assignments. Feelers from the various meetings held mostly in the night have also revealed how a senior security officer, who was called on phone during one of the meetings, professed his allegiance and loyalty to the party, while promising to do all within his power to ensure victory for the party and assist in unleashing mayhem on prominent members of the ruling party in the state, the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the area.

The officer was gathered to have promised a replica of what happened in Rivers State on APC members in the area in particular and the state in general should the need arise.

The grand plan, according to the party source, is to make the state ungovernable for the APC-led administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola as a prelude to the declaration of a state of emergency by the Federal Government.

“What happened in Rivers State would be a child’s play to what we have in store for Aregbesola and his   party in Osun. We are going to use all available resources at our disposal to ensure the state becomes ungovernable for them. It will be a battle to finish,” he threatened.

Modakeke, Adeleke Jubilate Over Creation Of LCDAs

Residents of Modakeke-Ife in Osun state yesterday took to streets in celebration of newly created Ife North East Local Council Development Authority (LCDA), created alongside 30 others by Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

Besides,the Senator representing Osun West in the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly, Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke, has lauded the creation of an LCDA in Ede South local council, saying the decision will bring governance closer to the grassroots

The celebration march, which took residents to Itasin, Iraye and Ogunsua’s palace, was led by the leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the town, Chief Wahab Adetunji, with residents commending Aregbesola for granting the request of the town after 100 years of struggle.

It will be recalled that Modakeke town had engaged Ile-Ife in bitter communal war for over many years due to the relocation of headquarters of Ife East local council from the town to Oke Ogbo in Ile-Ife.

The old Modakeke Area Council, which was later created as part of peace deals after the war, was upgraded to the status of LCDA in the new LCDAs announced by the governor.

However, while addressing the jubilant crowd, the APC Adetunji singled out Aregbesola and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi , for recognition over the role the duo played in making sure that the community got its council area.

Adetunji, who was supported by other party leaders in the area, said the town is ready to make necessary sacrifice for the effective take off of the LCDA.


Ooni Rallies Support For Development Of Ile-Ife

Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, has appealed to sons and daughters of Ife all over the world to assist in developing the town, declaring that Ile-Ife was now free of witches and wizards.

Ogunwusi said this on Sunday when he hosted Ife Klub 1, a group of eminent sons of his kingdom based in different parts of the country. The group was led by Ahmed Omisore, a former Lagos Lawmaker, who is the the chairman of the board of trustees of Ife klub 1.

“This Klub worked with my last two predecessors and is now working with me, so by the grace of God it will never disintegrate,” he said. “I must stress to you all that the wellbeing of Ile-ife is paramount to me because we are like the proverbial white chicken who doesn’t appreciate its value. Whereas, it is in its home that the chicken is not highly regarded, it is highly valued abroad.

“God himself resides in Ile-Ife and that is the truth. There are many Ife sons and daughters who the land has blessed but they abandon their roots. “They say there are witches in Ile-Ife that kill children, or that if they establish businesses at home, witches won’t allow them to prosper. There are no witches here that will disturb anybody anymore. They now want to have money and send their children to school too.”

The monarch appealed to his people to contribute towards the development of the kingdom, saying he is putting in his best to ensure that Ile-Ife becomes a leading tourist destination. “Some are making money in Ife, yet they don’t contribute anything to its development, rather they take their monies to Ibadan, Ilesha, Lagos, London and America,” he said.

“The Almighty has restored Ile-Ife’s glory and we must not let it go dim. So many people of Ife origin have refused to come back home and this is why we are making concerted efforts to put many things in place to attract them. “An example is the palace that we are redeveloping which will be an edifice of pride for all Ife people because it’s not only for the King. Tourists from far and near will come here and marvel at the fabulousness of this palace.

“They will also get to learn about our rich cultural heritage. Do you know that people from China, Indonesia and other far flung places visit the Buckingham Palace in England just to witness the change of guards? “Crowds troop the palace everyday just to see this and their culture is helping their economy. This is why I am surprised that even Ife indigenes seem not to cherish their heritage.

Plans are in motion already to reposition Ile-Ife but we should not leave everything to the Ooni. Those of you with businesses should come and establish in Ife.”

Valentines’ Day: Lovers Besiege Tourists Spots In Osun

By Ahmed Tijanni Mustapha, Osogbo


As lovers the world over celebrate this year’s Valentines day, the residents of the state of Osun have not been left out. A short trip around town revealed that specific spots in the state have become a beehive of activities.

Unlike before when residents would travel to neighbouring cities like Ilorin and Ibadan and for those who could afford it, as far as Lagos in the pursuit of happy times, but over the last the years, the story has been different.

With the initiative of the Rauf Aregbesola led administration to invest heavily in tourism, fun seekers in the state and indeed from outside have different options of places to visit in these special times.

Apart from the refurbishing the abandoned tourist centres by the previous administrations, Aregbesola as part of his developmental agenda deemed it necessary to construct other relaxation centres where residents can have a good time on day like this.

The Erin Ijesha waterfall has become a mecca of some sort of lovers and fun seekers alike as the tourist center wears a new look thanks to the intervention of the government of the day.

Sights of lovers enjoying the serenity of nature and those bold enough to go under the thunderous waters are a joy to behold. With Music playing from multi sources, plenty to eat and drink, tourist are assured full value for their money.

Some other great tourist locations to visit while celebrating Valentine in Osun State are the Osun sacred grove, Oranmiyan Shrine in Ile-Ife, Oduduwa shrine in Ile-Ife and many others. It is hoped that in the not too distant future, the Kiriji war site would join this list of tourist attractions in the state.

In the state capital, the  Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, offers residents to perfect outdoor spot. A quick visit to this city centred location revealed that so many activities ranging from musical shows to different kind of outdoor games have been lined up for residents.

For those who a happy time means eating out at a classy spots, eateries like Finger licking and Ostrich serves this purpose to the fullest. With hygienic and tasty meals served in the best and most comfortable environment, visitors are guaranteed a nice time.

After an eventful day, you should look for a place to unwind as night falls and the state offers a numbers of spots where you can achieve this, from the Olajoku Relaxation Centre in Gbongan to the Ideal Nest Hotel in Osogbo. Zenabab Half Moon Resort, Chris Court Hotel, Regina Suites, Adolak Hotel and so many others also readily come to mind.



Court Remands Pupils In Osun For Destroying Properties

An Osogbo Magistrate Court has ordered that two secondary school pupils arrested in connection with the attack on Orisun FM based in Ile Ife be remanded in prison custody.
The magistrate also ordered that five of the accused persons who are underage should be remanded at the Corrective Centre, Osogbo.
The pupils, who were ordered to be remanded at prison custody are: Michael Ayodele and Sodiq Adeleke who are 18 years old.
The five underage are: Adisa Sefiu (16), Adebisi Jamiu (16), Olatunji Segun (16), Ayoh Festus (16) and Chioma Anuoluwapo (16).
Police Prosecutor, Mr.  Elisha Olusegun, told the court that the accused persons and others who are currently at large committed the offence on February 4, 2016 between 8:30am and 12 noon in Ile Ife, Osun State.
The prosecutor told the court that the accused persons and others at large conspired and willfully destroyed library windows at the Oduduwa College, Ile Ife and some other properties before trooping to the radio station where they destroyed property worth millions of naira.
The prosecutor told the court that the students destroyed seven vehicles during the riot which they embarked upon following the decision of the state government not to pay the West Africa School Certificate Examination of students who failed to score four credit passes in the mock examination conducted by the state government.
The offense according to the charge sheet contravened the provision of sections 516 and 415 of the Criminal Code Cap 34, Vol. 11, Laws of Osun, 2003.
The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty to the eight-counts  of conspiracy, felony and unlawful damages of properties slammed against them.
The Magistrate, Mr. Olusola Aluko did not allow oral application of their counsel for the accused persons, Mr. Dauda Oyewole.
He ruled that  the counsel should file a formal bail application.
The magistrate subsequently ruled that the five underage persons should be remanded at the Corrective Centre and the two accused persons  who are 18 years old to be remanded in prison custody.
He later adjourned the case till March 1 for mention.

Scores Escape Death As Secondary School Students Invade Radio Station In Osun

By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo

Scores of workers of Oke-Itase Ile-Ife Radio Broadcasting Corporation were reportedly escaped being killed by protesting students of Public Secondary School who bombarded the station and injured members of staff of the station.

They were said to have protested alleged inability of the state government to pay their West African Examination Council, WAEC fees.

The students who stormed Oke-Itase Ile-Ife in their hundreds, armed with dangerous weapons, insisting to see the manager.

They said management of their various schools had asked them to pay some amount of money in order to enable them sit for WAEC.

The protesting students requested to see the Station Manager at the gate of the radio station but only four of the students were allowed into the premises to see the Manager.

It was also gathered that the students instructed and compelled the manager, Mr. Adeoye Bakare, to immediately air that the state government has refused to pay their WAEC fees as he promised during the electioneering period.

The students were said to have pelted Bakare with stones in his office because they were not satisfied with his response.

Bakare’s loud scream was said to have attracted other workers at the station who confronted the students and clashed with them.

During the milieu, it was learned that a student had gone out of the manager’s office and drew the attention of other students at the gate to the development.

To this end, the students pulled down the gate of the station while others perforated the fence in order to force themselves into the station.

The security men at the gate were attacked while other staffers of the radio station escaped death.

About nine vehicles including three official vehicles and one Toyota Camry belonging to an official of the Federal Road Safety Commission who was at the station for a programme were vandalised.

The station immediately went off air after the “Save Our Souls” broadcast while residents of the town thronged the station to verify news of the attack.

Speaking on the incident, the Station Manager who sustained injury in his mouth said he never expected that the students would attack him.

Also speaking with our correspondent, the Director General of OSBC, Prince Soji Fadehan condemned the attack saying the station had been enjoying the peace of the town.

He said necessary actions would be taken to ensure that the station is secure to avert future occurrence.

Meanwhile, the state government has warned the protesting students to caution themselves and be of good conduct, saying the state would not tolerate any act of indiscipline, criminality and hooliganism.

It would be recalled that the state in its bid of reducing the cost of governance and as well intensify an effective, efficient and moderate cost measures  directed the management of all the Public Secondary Schools in the state to conduct a qualifier exams called ‘Mocks’ to serve as a discriminatory measure in selecting and testing the competency and ability of students to be registered for this year West African Examination Council, WAEC.

It was also gathered the State Governor since assumption of office has been paying for both West African Examination Council, WAEC and National Examination Council, NECO of the state secondary school students.

Therefore, to reduce the cost of governance and improve the level of students’ competency, it was gathered that the state government instructed all secondary schools to conduct what could be best described as discriminatory test where only the best students who pass at least four relevant subjects would be paid for by the state government.

Therefore, our correspondent learned that the protest was instigated by the students who failed the pre-WAEC exams.

Justice Afolabi Charges Ile- Ife Politicians Over Youths Devt

A high court judge in the state of Osun, Justice Yinka Afolabi has charged politicians in Ile-Ife, to come together and, “raise the Ife youths above the poverty level they are presently battling” so that they can be useful to the society.

Justice Afolabi made the call at the 2016 Colloquium of the Ife Zenith‎ Club titled, “Ife youth-Catalyst for change.”

“If I may ask, which of our politicians since Chief M.A Omisade and Chief Remilekun Fani-Kayode’s demise has ever featured prominently in national politics? What about yoruba politics? How many of them are in decision making level of Afenifere, Yoruba council of elders et al? None.

“Ife politicians, this is the time for you to think. Are you‎ building the youths to succeed you or destroying their future? How many of your own children have ever fallen victims of political molestation? Think! For the holy book say, what we sow, we will reap. It may not be now, it may be in the future. It may be in the time of our unborn generation.Think and fashion out ways to assist our youths to be useful to our society,” he stated.

The jurist also tasked the youths in Ile-Ife to change their current disposition to politics ‎which have kept them below poverty level over the years.

According to him, “this is the time for serious rethinking by our youths. They should ask these politicians what will accrue to them not in monetary terms, if they vote these politicians to power. They should stop taking money, drinking dry gin, smoking weeds and hailing unproductive politicians”.

“Our youths should stop lending themselves as instruments of terror before,during and after election.They were born the same way these politicians were born.”

Justice Afolabi who recalled that Ile-Ife has been an important centre of trade and culture in West Africa for more than eight hundred years expressed the need for the present Ife youths to contribute their own quota to the development of the community.

He also said that, “apart from academic exercise, ‎our youths must learn one or two other vocations that they will fall back upon in case there is no government job in view of the present economic situation that our nation is facing presently.”

Justice Afolabi also said that, “in order to engender the necessary pride and belief in our youths, there is the need for them to know about ife”, stressing that, “our fathers befor‎e us were great people,they commanded respect from all manner of people, hence almost town and hamlets in yoruba land and in diaspora trace their origin back to Ile-Ife”.

He appealed to the federal government to as a matter of urgency reinstate teaching of history in schools as a compulsory subject .