How Awofisayo Breathed Life To Ife AC

•Preaches Hope

Action Congress (AC) in Ife Zone area of Osun State came alive and kicking when the President of Oranmiyan worldwide, Prince Felix Awofisayo toured the zone with a view to delivering the message of hope and peace from the governorship candidate of the party in the state, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola.

For those who value wild life movie, the wisdom of fox and strength of lion could be of interest. It is deduced that fox is so wise that it could not easily fall into a trap, while lion has the courage and boldness coupled with strength to tackle any adversary in the jungle.

Awofisayo, a prince to the throne in Ile Ife, the cradle of the Yoruba civilization succeeded in combining the wisdom of a fox with the strength of the lion in getting the warring parties in Ife zone united with out a hitch.

Penultimate week, the renowned Pharmacist-turned politician began the tour of peace undertaken on behalf of Aregbesola with Ife East Local Government Council Area of the organ of the party.

As if the visitation was the needed tonic, leaders and supporters in the council area trooped out en mass at Okerewe Ile-Ife to welcome the son of the soil, who came to bring them the message of hope from the symbol of their progress, Aregbesola.

Getting to the high table from the entry point was hectic, as members of the party held Awofisayo to ransom with dance of joy and political lyrics that cheered all politicians and entourage up; it took the intervention of the party leaders in the council area before the Oranmiyan chief was left off the hook to join other dignitaries on the high table.

Opening the floor, the state Deputy Chairman of the party, Alhaji Muraina Iyiola expressed his satisfaction with the turn-out at the meeting, lauding the party leaders and supporters for their courage in the face of intimidation, saying that their perseverance has shown that the party has a future with them.

Charging the party members to further stand firm and be patient for a little longer, Pa Iyiola reiterated that Aregbesola knew how to compensate people, who were in the struggle with him.

“Let me, on behalf of our party chairman, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti and others salute your courage and perseverance in the face of intimidation. We value your contribution to the development of this party and let me assure you that our symbol, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola knows how to pay back those who are in the struggle with him and so he is with you always”, said Pa. Iyiola.

When he rose to talk, Awofisayo rendered a tune which electrified the hall that was filled to its capacity, before launching into his speech.

The Ife-born prince began with the state of the nation, noting that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has eventually pushed itself to the edge via its lust for power. He demanded to know why the ailing President Umar Musa Yar’ Adua could not transmit power to his deputy.

Noting that the duo were from the same party and they could still not trust one another with power, saying that such was the fate befalling the PDP now, asking audience if that was the kind of political association that could liberate the masses, to which all chorused no!

Reflecting on the state of affairs in Osun State , Awofisayo noted that there was an absence of governance in the state, submitting that what Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola was presiding over in the state was not government, but a passing phase that could be described as locust years.

Delivering Aregbesola’s message, Awofisayo said the Ilesa-born colourful politician, who has brought novelty into Osun politics would have loved to meet them in person if not for the exigency of the situation, saying that whatever transpired at the meeting would be discussed with Aregbesola in Lagos .

Disclosing the programmme of Aregbesola for the people of Ile Ife, Awofisayo said he was privy to the plan of the AC flagbearer about the blueprint to turn around the cradle city, informing the audience that through tourism alone, Aregbesola would be generating close to N18 billion with 18 months on the saddle.

“If there is one man to salute for taking the interest of Ile Ife seriously, it is Aregbesola, because I was in the know of a blueprint on tourism alone that could generate not less than N18billion and the beautification of the cradle city should provide means of livelihood to the greater number of indigenes”, Awofisayo stressed.

Tasking the leaders and members in the council area to give peace a chance, Awofisayo reiterated that the party is weathering a storm in so many fronts, noting that the enemies against the party were formidable because of their financial chest, saying that only good ideology and love of the masses were the saving grace keeping the party intact, reiterating that the battle at the retrial election petition tribunal was another phase of the struggle against the impostor and oppressors in Osun State.

Calling the party members to settle their differences in peace and through dialogue, saying that if the party members start fighting one another, the enemies would permeate and break them and the result of their struggle would be in vain.

He said: “We could not afford to be living in a divided house and so Aregbesola asked me to charge you on the need to maintain peace. Our symbol of hope also wants all hands to be on deck, because God has answered our prayer”.

Speaking on Aregbesola’s petition at the tribunal, the Pharmacist submitted that with the evidence at the disposal of the tribunal as ordered by the Court of Appeal in Ibadan , Oyo State early last year, there would be cause to smile at the end of the day.

The following day, the news of the visitation of the Oranmiyan chief to the Ife East council area had gotten to the party leaders and members at Ife South and that seemed to have facilitated the larger turn-out of the AC members in the council area.

Alighting from his vehicle together with some state leaders of the party, Prince Awofisayo was heralded to the venue of the meeting with fanfare just like it was obtained in Ife East and on getting to the platform; different political songs rendered by the women wing of the party electrified the hall.

Opening the floor, the Zonal Secretary, Mr. Fatai Owoyomi who stood-in for the Deputy State Chairman of the party lauded the members of the party for their turn-out, observing that the party leaders in the state were happy with them in Ife South.

Asking the members to continue in their loyalty to the party, noting that there would be enough to share for all active members at the end of the struggle, Owoyomi said that the flag bearer of the party has designed a strategy to make life comfortable for tall and sundry.

“Engr. Rauf Aregbesola has proved to be a blessing to our party, our struggle and our hope in Osun State ; he would love to see you all to be more active and more participatory in the struggle to liberate Osun State . So, please continue to support our party and stand firm on your loyalty”,Owoyemi stressed.

Speaking on the state of the nation, Prince Awofisayo demanded to know why the Federal Government controlled PDP could not fix the epileptic power supply bedeviling the nation, saying that lack of commitment of the ruling party to the improved welfare package of the masses was the sole purpose that could have propelled the wickedness of the party.

Charging the party members and supporters to work against the PDP in future elections, saying that if the ruling party was made to continue bulldozing its way to the corridors of power, the masses would continue to suffer.

“Let us begin the analysis of our problem of power. The only thing I figure out that has not really brought steady power supply to us is sheer lack of commitment to our improved welfare package and that must therefore compell us to work against these people with all our strength to prevent them from the corridor of power, otherwise, average man on the street would continue to suffer”, Awofisayo insisted.

Relating the message of Aregbesola to the people of Ife South, Awofisayo said that the council area would be a prime beneficiary of the Aregbesola’s welfare programme, saying that the council area, as an agrarian community, would benefit from the production of food and agro-allied industries of the new order, asking the party members to continue maintaining their loyalty.

He said: “Aregbesola has a blueprint, which touches large-scale agriculture and massive production of food supply and I know that Ife-South Local Government Council Area is an agrarian society and it I am of the opinion that Aregbesola would make use of this place, but your loyalty matters in the scheme of things in the party.”

Landing at Ife North Local Government Council Area, the AC chapter was more than ready for the arrival of Awofisayo’s train and the local drummers that heralded the Aregbesola’s man to the venue of the meeting at Yakoyo testified to the reality of the party faithful’s readiness.

At a hall filled to its capacity, the State Deputy Chairman, Alhaji Muraina Iyiola, who hails from the council area, showed his gratitude to Aregbesola for sending the calibre of Awofisayo to the people, saying that the message should be well-taken by the party leaders in the local and the state levels.

Speaking on the patience of the party loyalists, Pa. Iyiola noted that the spirit behind the building of progressive party was the love of the masses in the heart of the founding fathers, saying that the only way the party could be stronger was the faith of the members in it.

Urging the party faithful to stand firm in the struggle, noting that despite the stealing in high places in the state, the members and leaders of the AC were still on top of their situation.

“They believe in stealing our money to fund their party, but despite that, we are still better-off than them. So, it is hope and commitment to good governance that keep party alive”, Pa Iyiola reiterated.

When he rose to speak, Awofisayo saluted the courage of the party members, promising them that their loyalty to the party would be tabled before Aregbesola.

The Oramiyan Group President further disclosed that Ife North would not be left out in the scheme of things if Aregbesola regains his mandate, saying that interest of the council area was in the mind of the Ijesa-born politician.

“We are encouraged by your support and turn-out today and I promise to tell my boss in Lagos that Ife North area is wonderful in all respect. Of course I know that our governor-in-waiting, God’s willing has his heart with you all and your contribution to the party’s building would be discussed extensively with him.

Giving hope on the petition at the election petition retrial tribunal, Awofisayo in blue guinea brocade with a cap to match said that with the way Aregbesola packaged his evidence at the tribunal, the decision may be favourable in line with the submission of the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Ibadan , Oyo State .

He said: “Aregbesola has brought glamour and novelty to Osun politics via his forensic evidence and superb legal team that has given a good fight to the impostor in the state and I can tell you that with the way we are conducting our case we will win”.

Responding, an octogenarian Barrister Bisi Amusan thanked the leadership of the party for making the visitation possible, asking the leaders of the party to mandate the elected members of the party to be attending meetings of the party in their respective places.

It was a different ball game at Ife-Central Local Government Council Area chapter of the party, as the turnout of party members at the Oduduwa College venue of the meeting, was amazing, for the four walls of the central hall was sweating with the overloaded capacity it witnessed.

Addressing members of the party, the state Deputy Chairman , Pa. Iyiola charged them to be up and doing, saying that the time of redemption has approached, given the diligent prosecution of the petition of Aregbesola at the tribunal.

In his speech, Awofisayo lauded the members of the party for the turnout, commending them for their courage and steadfastness, saying that with the programme of action of Aregbesola in Ile Ife, the people of the city should prepare to celebrate the victory of Aregbesola soon.

“Ile Ife is my home and I am a prince of the source, as a result, I was privy to the plan of Aregbesola for Ile Ife and I know that the plan to transform the city was of high magnitude. So, prepare to celebrate the victory of our symbol, God’s willing soon”, stressed Awofisayo.

In fact, the tour of the Ife zone of AC was a big success in all its ramifications.

By goke butika

Osogbo Council Workers In Dilemma Over Salary Payment

Workers in Osogbo Local Government Council Area of Osun State are currently at a crossroad, as it is no longer certain whether their employer (the council) could meet up with the payment of their salaries.

OSUN DEFENDER investigation at the council secretariat at Oke-Baale in the state capital showed that the monthly deduction from the council allocation by the state Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola has began to tell on the council purse.

It would be recalled that the administration of Chief Bisi Akande created a joint account for the local government in the state with a view of taking care of zero allocation in some council areas at that time.

However, when Oyinlola took over the mantle of leadership of the state in 2003, he embarked on regular deductions from the council funds in the joint allocation account.

Findings revealed that the amount of money that was remitted to the council from the joint allocation account was N22 million, while the council currently owed some banks about N25million.

Many council areas in the state including Osogbo have been borrowing from banks to enable them meet the task of paying the workers’ salaries.

Faced with the problem of paying salaries, the council chairman instructed the Director of Finance (DF) to prepare half salary vouchers for the workers for the month of January.

The workers however disagreed with the arrangement, believing that it was aimed at short-changing them, as they do not know where and how to claim the balance.

They (workers) then suggested that the council should commence payment of salaries in arrears.

Instead of paying in arrears, the council boss in conjunction with the HLA and DF insisted that the council would only pay half salaries and mandated that workers must cooperate with the council’s arrangement.

Suspecting a foul play, the workers resisted the arrangement, believing that it would be to their (workers) disadvantage to collect half salary since this was not done in any part of the state or the nation.

The council heads, instead of dialoguing with the aggrieved workers, resorted to intimidation of workers, who they believed were inciting others against the arrangement and such officers were queried.

Reports made available to the medium showed that the council branch of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) is getting set for a battle with the council, having intimated the council boss of its members’ resolution on the half salaries.

A member of the union confided in OSUN DEFENDER that the situation also affected the various political office holders in the council, including the council boss, Mr. Teslim Igbalaye.

The source however added that public office holders know the way they tackle financial issues, against career officers, who the source claimed were at the politicians’ mercy.

Speaking further, the source stated that the troubled council chairmen in the state knew that the amount Oyinlola has been deducting from the monthly allocation is outrageous, but could not react due to the illegal privilege they have been enjoying as council bosses in the state.

Findings showed that the situation is the same across the council areas in the state, as some council workers were not even certain of getting their take-home pay.

It would be recalled that the Osogbo council workers, late last year, protested the non-payment of their accumulated bonuses, holding the chairman to ransom, only to be rescued by a team of policemen and rough-looking thugs.

Indications at the council secretariat showed that a workers’ crisis is imminent at the council, as top officials have been mandated to commence the witch-hunting of workers perceived to be stubborn and impeding the successful implementation of the half salary scheme.

By shina abuabakar

NGO Chides Oyinlola Over Osun Indigenes’ Death In Jos

Several knocks have come the way of the rattled Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola for abandoning indigenes of the state in the Jos crisis in Plateau State , which has claimed many innocent lives.

No fewer than four indigenes of Osun State had been killed in the crisis, including a son of a frontline traditional ruler in the state, the Eburu of Iba, Oba Ibraheem Bamgbade.

A Pro-democracy organization, the Campaign for Genuine Democracy (CGD) chided Oyinlola over the death of the innocent indigenes of the state in the crisis, saying that the lives of the deceased might have been saved if the governor had responded on time to the rescue call by the trapped victims.

OSUN DEFENDER gathered that Lagos , Ekiti, Kwara and other states had rescued their various indigenes from the crisis-ridden town, when they perceived that the crisis was escalating beyond the control of the security operatives.

According to the CGD, “the premature death of our brothers in Jos mayhem was purely a product of wicked silence of Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola from issues that border on the lives of our people”.

The National Coordinator of the CGD, Comrade Akinkunmi Asifat, popularly called Government, in a press statement made available to the medium recently in Osogbo, the state capital, lamented, thus: “The death of the helpless indigenes of the state in the Jos chaos was an attestation that Oyinlola has no interest in the safety of the common people in the state”.

Asifat berated the state governor over what he called his nonchalant attitude to the welfare, yearnings, and safety of the unaided people of the state.

He questioned the Oyinlola-led administration that claimed to be serving the masses, querying whether he is truly serving common people of the state, or his party, political brothers and godfathers?.

The CGD boss stressed: “There is a clear difference between politics and governance. The duo should not overlap each other.

“Politics can only be played during the electioneering campaigns, but when it is over, governance remains. In addition, we, in Campaign for Genuine Democracy {CGD}, an organization that is founded on the ideology and principle to agitate for positive changes from the satanic imperial capitalist civil rule to genuine democracy.”

“We are charging the state governor to facilitate how the remaining indigenes of Osun State would be evacuated from Jos in a bid to save their various lives from untimely deaths.

“We are equally calling the good people of this state to remain optimistic and continue agitating for good governance, which will pave way for pro-masses programmes for the benefit of the common people, not this kind of capitalist system of government that turns governance into business investment in the state.”

By kazeem mohammed

Osun Workers Face Mass Retrenchment

Indication has emerged on the plan to send hundreds of workers on the pay-roll of Osun State government home with a view to saving more funds for the running of Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola’s administration in the state.

It was learnt that the kitchen-cabinet members of the governor resorted to that plan, when the administration could not wriggle out of the financial mess it has been swimming in the last two years.

Findings revealed that the state governor’s think tank revisited the retrenchment option when it damned on it that the banks granting credit facilities for the payment of workers’ salaries have started grumbling on the stiff directive of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on their cash management.

Investigation revealed that the banks have hinted the government that the apex bank may outlaw issuance of bank loan for workers’ salaries at the end of the reform exercise.

Further checks by the medium have shown that the government had already started consultations with labour leaders, traditional rulers and some sections of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders as touching the matter.

According to a reliable source in government, the fear that the opposition may use the mass sack as a political tool to chase them out of power in the next general elections has been the only saving grace for the workers.

The source confided in OSUN DEFENDER that the paucity of funds in the government coffers has necessitated the kitchen cabinet’s resolve to start dusting the retrenchment of workers’ file.

Investigation has further shown that local government workers, judiciary workers and some senior civil servants who have put in 25 years in service may be at the receiving end.

Findings revealed that the new pension scheme would be used as baits to quietly draw the senior civil servants out of service next year, while rationalization would be used against the council and judiciary workers.

It was gathered that some offices with apparent overbloated work force have started compiling names of the victims secretly.

Information also has it that the governor had met with the traditional rulers in the state over the issue, seeking their cooperation on the development whenever it unfolds, noting that the retrenchment was the only option open to the government if the cash crunch would not affect their allocations.

Confirming the development, a source close to Bola Ige House at the state secretariat noted that the information was real and that the government was only tarrying on the implementation because of the fear of the opposition political parties.

The Sun Shines Brighter On Ijesas At Iwude Festival 2009

Iwude 2009 Adebayo

The Executive Chairman of EGBE-IDIMU LCDA of ALIMOSHO LOCAL GOVERNMENT of Lagos State, on behalf of my family and constituents congratulates the Illustrious and industrious sons and daughters of IJESALAND on this epoch making occasion of the IWUDE OGUN FESTIVAL.

I also rejoice with Our Royal Father, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran, and our esteemed political leader and mentor, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, Action Congress Gubernatorial Candidate for Osun State.

OBOKUN A GBE WA O!!!

Armed Bandits Attack Ifewara

The people of Ifewara, in Atakunmosa-East Local Government Council Area of Osun State last Sunday night witnessed hell from hoodlums who laid siege to the people of the town, assaulting house wives and other women.

The hoodlums, according to sources close to the community, spent over ten hours in the community, as they raided the houses one after the other and committing other atrocities including rape.

The source further revealed that for over ten hours the hoodlums spent in the town, there was no effort from the police to come to the rescue of the community as the bandits left after 3a.m. last Monday night.

A police source at Iperindo Police Station hinted that there was no report at the police station , stating that even if there was a report, there was no fuel in the only vehicle available at the police station.

While speaking with OSUN DEFENDER in Ilesa, a middle-aged commercial motorcycle rider, Adeolu Ayotunde told OSUN DEFENDER in Ilesa on Monday that the suspected armed robbers arrived the town by 10pm and that during the period, there was power failure.

He stated that no sooner the bandits arrived the town than they began shooting sporadically into the air to disperse people who were still enjoying the brightness of the moon outside their various homes.

Ayorinde further revealed that as soon as the shooting subsided, the hoodlums gained entry into few houses in the town where they perpetrated various atrocities, while most of their victims were made to prepare food for them at gun-point.

According to Ayorinde, men were also made to lie face down during the operation with their wives also at gun point.

Meanwhile, at the time of filing this report, it was not clear if the police had arrested any members of the gang of armed robbers that visited the community.

By bisi adesoye

Workers’ Protest Paralysizes Olorunda Local Government

POLITICAL thugs loyal to the Chairman, Olorunda Local Government Council Area of Osun State, Mr. Gani Ola-Oluwa took over the council secretariat on Wednesday, as they laid siege to the council workers, who were protesting the non-payment of their salaries and leave allowances by the council boss.

The health workers of the local government were reported not to have been paid their October, 2009 salaries, while none of the workers, it was learnt, is yet to receive November salary, and leave allowances as far back as March.

The civil servants, it was learnt from a reliable source within the secretariat, had on several occasions, met with the council boss, with a view to resolving the matter amicably and appealed to the council boss to pay the owed salaries and allowances, but all to no avail, a situation that formed part of the reasons for the protest by the council workers.

However, the workers had mobilized themselves within the council secretariat as early as 9:10am on Wednesday, after a meeting with the council boss by some senior civil servants, locked up the gate of the council, shouting ‘thief! thief!, and chanting solidarity songs.

Subsequently, a woman, who was said to be a political appointee in the council secretariat flared up and dared the protesting council workers to go to hell and do whatever they liked with the situation on ground, just as she started boasting and raining curses on them, but the workers however ignored her as they continued with their peaceful protest.

From nowhere, some hefty political thugs loyal to Ola-Oluwa numbering about ten, stormed the council secretariat in a violent manner and forcefully opened the entrance gate of the council that had been locked up by the protesting workers of the council.

The arrival of the thugs created tension within and outside the secretariat, as some of the protesting workers and passers-by quickly dialogued with their feet, while the brave ones among the workers waited to see what Ola-Oluwa’s thugs would do.

Sensing that the situation might get worse and some workers might be injured in the process, some leaders of the workers directed their colleagues to quickly march out of the council secretariat premises and move to Dugbe Police Station, with a view to avoiding being attacked by the thugs.

Subsequently, the workers march to the police station to report the incident and the Divisional Police Officer of Dugbe Police Station dispatched some security operatives to the council secretariat to restore peace.
While still at the police station, information reached the protesting workers that one of the protesters, who was still staying in the council had been attacked and beaten up by Ola-Oluwa’s hoodlums.
Addressing journalists at the police station, the chairman of the council’s chapter of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Alhaji Hassan Olabisi said that several meetings had been held with the council boss, all to no avail, as Ola-Oluwa always told the workers that there was no money in the coffer of the local government council.

According to him, the chairman had made several promises to clear all the allowances and salary arrears, but fulfilled none of the promises, insisting that the council boss, rather than paying salaries and other allowances of the workers, had shifted his attention to frivolities.

He further stated that both salaries and allowances owed the council workers worth about N10 million, while political office holders were still receiving their salaries and allowances as and when due.
The NULGE boss then stated that from the police station, the workers would take their protests to the palace of Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Iyiola Oyewale Matanmi.

Meanwhile, OSUN DEFENDER investigation revealed that virtually all the political offices holders in the council area received minimum of N2.5 million each and were given rams and bags of rice among others for the recently-celebrated Ileya festival from the council coffers, while the council workers were unable to celebrate the festival to their satisfaction due to the non-payment of their salaries and allowances.
It was learnt that some of the bankers that used to grant loans to the council have refused to do so, as the council’s administration had on several occasions failed to repay such loans based on the terms agreed upon.

Charge Ibukun Fadipe For Robbery – Komolafe Tells CP

The founder, DHL International Nigeria Limited, Chief Ade Komolafe who was recently attacked with six members of his family at a petrol filling station in Ilesa, has appealed to the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. John Moronike to hasten the process of charging the suspects of the attack with armed robbery.

Komolafe who was speaking with OSUN DEFENDER in his Ilesa country home on Friday said the circumstances surrounding the attack could not be anything but armed robbery as the principal suspect of the robbery allegation, Ibukun Fadipe notoriously known as ‘Omo Oloka’ opened the bonnet of the jeep in which the victims were, with the intention to disposess them of the exalted car.

Fadipe is the sacked but sit-tight council chairman of Ilesa-West Local Government Council Area of the state; he has history of numerous violent attacks in the area.

The DHL boss wondered what could have been the motive behind Fadipe’s intention to open the bonnet of the jeep if not for him wanting to snatch it; moreso, when he found out that there were six women in the vehicle.

He said, contrary to insinuations in some quarters that the attack had political undertone, it could not be true as he was not a partisan politician.

Komolafe’s words: “The attack was pure robbery. It couldn’t have been politically-motivated as I am not a politician. I am not even a cad-carrying member of any political party. I did not even register for voting in any part of Osun State. It was in Lagos I registered. How come I could have been a target of political attack?

“What pained me most was that my mother-in-law who was visiting my country home for the first time was subjected to public ignominy by the robbery suspects to the extent that she was assaulted to the point of forcing three teeth out of her mouth. If some rascals could do this to a 62-year-old grandmother, there is nobody who is safe in their hands. It was nothing but a robbery case.

“If not that Ibukun was resisted by a 17-year-old boy who challenged him when he wanted to forcefully open the car bonnet, the principal robbery suspect and members of his gang would have made away with the vehicle.

“In the interest of peace and tranquility, I am imploring the state police command to hasten actions in arraigning the suspects without further delay as any minute wasted could spell doom for other innocent people who might be similarly attacked and robbed. Help me tell the people out there that I am not a politician. It was not a political attack but robbery”.

Last Sunday, Ibukun led some gun, machete and cudgel-wielding miscreants who forcefully wanted to open the bonnet of a jeep belonging to Komolafe at a petrol filling station in Ilesa.

When Ibukun was challenged, he attacked and injured no fewer than six members of Komolafe’s family including the DHL boss himself. In the melee, Ibukun and his miscreants allegedly dispossessed the victims of various items like mobile phone machines, expensive trinkets and wrist-watches.

Some of the victims of the alleged robbery attack are: Chief (Mrs) Bolaji Komolafe, wife of the DHL boss who was beaten to stupour; 62-year-old mother-in-law of Komolafe, Mrs Adijat Olagunju from whose mouth three teeth were forcefully removed; 21-year-old Mr Yinka Olagunju; 35-year-old Mr. Saheed Ahmed and Mr Tunde Olagunju.

In a similar development, the issue at stake has started taking its toll on the extended family members of the alleged robbery principal suspect, according to information gathered from sources close to Ijesa Sports Club in Ilesa.

It was gathered that Ibukun’s father who is a member of the prestigious Ilesa-based social club has been threatened with suspension because of the anti-social activities of his son against Komolafe, the patron of the club.

Investigations showed that the unsuspecting father of the embattled sacked council chairman was in the club where he called for service but was denied based on the nefarious activities of his son

It was also gathered that the club has been perfecting its papers with a view to suing Fadipe over Komolafe and members of his family, in a court of law.

By kazeem mohammed

Intra-party Crisis Looms In Oriade/Obokun Constituency

•Over Lawmaker’s Third Term Ambition

Intra-Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) crisis currently looms in Oriade/Obokun Federal Constituency chapter of the party in Osun State over the intention of the incumbent lawmaker representing the constituency in the lower chamber of the National Assembly, Honourable Wole Oke to retain the seat for the third term.

Oke, who hails from Esa-Oke in Obokun Local Government Council Area of the state, had, recently declared his intention to vie for the position for the third term, having obtained the mandatory nomination form of the party, after serving as the lawmaker representing the constituency for two consecutive terms.

Two other interested aspirants for the same position, the incumbent Commissioner for Water Resources in the state, Mr Sola Komolafe, who hails from Ipetu-Ijesa and Dr Olusegun Ojo from Erinmo, both in Oriade Local Government Council Area of the state have also obtained the N1.5 million mandatory forms.

However, OSUN DEFENDER gathered that those opposing the intention of the lawmaker to vie for the position were insisting that there had been an age-long agreement among party leaders in Oriade and Obokun local government council areas that make up the constituency, that no political office holder would retain any seat for more than two terms consecutively.

It was further learnt that there had also been an agreement among the political leaders that the two council areas would be rotating the slot of the membership of the House of Representatives and commissionership in the area.

According to a reliable source, the aggrieved camps, opposed to the lawmaker’s intention were also putting up arguments that in the last six years that Oke had been fraudulently elected into the House of Representatives, he had performed below expectations, a situation that formed part of the reasons for the aggrieved camps to vehemently rise against the re-nomination of the lawmaker.

The aggrieved camp, it was learnt, had considered the intention of the lawmaker to vie for the position for the third term consecutively as an attempt to breach the age-long agreement of rotation of political offices in the two council areas that make up the constituency.

Meanwhile, Oke and members of his camp, it was gathered, have insisted that there was no existing agreement that he would not vie for the same position for the third term, claiming ignorance of such unwritten agreements, a situation that had further infuriated the opposing camp.

With a view to getting more supports, Oke was said to have bought cars for some traditional rulers and PDP leaders in the two council areas, as a way of encouraging them to approve his ambition to occupy the position for the third term.

Besides, Oke’s intention to vie for the position is contrary to a purported proclamation made by Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola in Okuku, Odo-Otin Local Government Council Area at a PDP meeting that no political officer holder should dare go for third term of a certain office consecutively.

An unconfirmed source had, however, revealed to this medium that the aggrieved camps have started considering the alternative of defecting to another political party, should Oke be nominated by the party leadership as a PDP candidate.

However, Oke has reportedly been boasting across the length and breadth of the constituency that he would secure the party’s ticket by hook or crook means.

Ilesa Monarch Charges Tittle Seekers To Follow Due Process

Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran has called on the people seeking chieftaincy titles in Ijesaland to tow the path of honour and glory and pass through the proper channels and desist from jumping the fence.

Aromolaran made the call at the presentation of staff of office to Oba Jethro Adesola, Olosu of Osu, last Saturday.

According to the monarch, the people should follow due process, tows line of glory as it was the process during the time of their fore-fathers.

The monarch also warned that any one jumping the fence to achieve what does not belong to him or her, stating that chieftancy titles obtained through the back door do not last.

The monarch who delved into history said that the sixteen children of Oduduwa were the original owners of beaded-crowns in the country and beyond.

Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, who arrived the venue behind scheduled denied having any rift with Oba Aromolaran, while stating that the monarch was his father, and that he could not degenerate so low to having quarrelled with the paramount traditional ruler.

Aromolaran, who put a beaded crown on Oba Jethro Adesole said that Oba Aromolaran I, his father appointed the father of Oba Jethro Adesola, the Loja of Osu, Atakumosa-West Local Government Council, stressing that Oba Aromolaran II now put the beaded-crown on Oba Adesola.

The monarch, to the dismay of the people danced round the crowd with Oba Adesola, showcasing the new beaded-crown, as the crowd went into ovation.

In his acceptance speech, Oba Adesola thanked Oba Aromolaran for being part of his promotion and presentation of staff of office to him, stating that he would ensure to queue behind Oba Aromolaran on all issues affecting Obaship institution in Ijesaland, while the development of Osu community would be his major focus and the state in general.

Present at the occasion were traditional rulers from across Osun State and beyond, members of the state executive council, sacked local government council chairmen in Ijesaland, friends and well-wishers to Oba Adesola.

By bisi adesoye