Prayer Points For Aregbesola’s Victory On Monday, At The Appeal Court

prayers for AregbesolaFor all those who have set apart today Sunday, 29th March, 2009, for fasting and prayer for the judicial victory of the ‘Symbol of Oranmiyan’, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, at the Appeal Court on Monday, the following paryer points and prophecies are given to add to your prayers.

This is similar to the prayer and fasting by our Muslim brothers and sisters on Friday, 27th March, 2009. It is also a complement to all the inter-denominational and fervent prayers for the triumph of TRUTH over falsehood and murderous deception orchestrated by the Olagunsoye Oyinlola administration.

  1. We issue a spiritual quit notice against every power that has stolen the popular mandate of Osun people on April 14, 2009, in the name of Jesus.
  2. O God Arise, in Your Mercy, and overthrow the stubborn goliath of Osun State politics, in the name of Jesus.
  3. Every structure of sorrow, oppresing and enslaving the poor people of Osun State for the past six years, Hear the Word of the Lord, SCATTER UNTO DESOLATION!!! in the name of Jesus.
  4. Contagious laughter and unspeakable joy, visit us tommorow at the appeal court sitting in Ibadan, in the name of Jesus.
  5. prays

  6. O God, guide Justice Victor Omage and his judicial panel to proclaim the truth without fear and rule in favour of the Appellants, In the case of Aregbesola Vs. Oyinlola, tomorrow in Jesus mighty name.
  7. O God of Elijah, let your fire fall and plague the enemies of Osun State with madness unto death, in tha name of Jesus.
  8. Every evil plot asigned to frustrate divine justice being delivered at the appeal court tommorrow, BACK FIRE, in the name of Jesus.
  9. Our Father and our God, annoint Rauf Aregbesola with oil of victory like you did for Cyrus in Isaiah 45:1-3, to shatter the gates of slavery and oppression in Osun State, so that prosperity and genuine development will be enthroned, in Jesus name.

This prayers was sent by an Oranmiyan supporter from Oman, please, add your own prayers too to trhe growing list of marathon prayers for victory for Engineer Rauf Aregbesola.

First Nigerian Mining Engineer, Ifaturoti Dies At 88

THE first Nigerian Mining Engineer, Dr. Ezekiel Adekunle Ifaturoti has passed away on February 24, 2009 at the age of 88.

The deceased was born on October 16, 1920, in Epe, Lagos State into the family of late Prince Emmanuel Adegbola Ifaturoti and his wife, Christianah Aina Ifaturoti ( nee George.)

Pa Ifaturoti attended many schools, including Christ School, Ado-Ekiti, Methodist Boys School, Uzuakoli and Government College, Ibadan.

He had a brief working experience with Shell Company Nigeria Limited, before moving to University of Glasgow, Scotland, where he obtained a degree in mining engineering, becoming the first Nigerian to obtain such degree.

The deceased later joined the Federal Civil Service and worked in several parts of the country, before he eventually retired as the Chief Inspector of Mines, Federal Ministry of Mines and Power in 1969.
After retirement, he set-up a consultancy firm, and became the Chairman of African Petroleum Plc; Amalgamated Tin Mines Company; Ajaokuta Iron Ore Smelting Company and Denham Management Limited.

The Ilesa-born engineer was a one-time member of the Governing Council, University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), a member of the Nigerian Mining & Geosciences Society (NMGS) and, also, the Pioneer Chairman of the Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers & Geoscientists (COMEG).

Since his peaceful death, eminent Nigerians have thronged his ‘ROCK HAVEN’ home in Ilesa to offer their condolences to the bereaved family.

Among the visitors were; the Honourable Minister for Petroleum Resources, retired Supreme Court Justice, Kayode Eso, Osun State Deputy Governor, Erelu Olusola Obada and a delegation of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society.

He is survived by his wife Tinuola, children, many grand-children and great grand-children
His burial arrangements hold this week Thursday and Friday, March 26 and 27, 2009.

By SHINA ABUBAKAR

AC Lawmakers Walk Out Over OSSIEC List

A game of absurdity was last Tuesday played out by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers in Osun State House of Assembly as they approved the nomination of seven members of Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSSIEC) without presenting their credentials and final screening.

The development came up just as all the 11 Action Congress (AC) lawmakers in the House staged a walk-out on the floor of the parliament to protest against the shoddy approval of the nominees, describing it as abuse of parliamentary proceedings.

The seven nominees submitted their curriculum vitae alone to the House without their Secondary School Certificates and other credentials, a situation that stimulated some lawmakers from the PDP and their colleagues from the AC to oppose the approval of the new members of OSSIEC.

The names of the nominees were: Justice (Rtd) Titus Adewuyi (Chairman), Chief Akinboye Ogunola (Secretary), Messrs Rasak Adegbile, Gbolagade Adebisi, Remi Alabi, Bamidele Ishola and Ezekiel Folorunso.

Only Adegbile and Adebisi submitted their full credentials to the parliament.

Minority Leader of the House, Honourable Timothy Owoeye, opposed the approval of the nominees on the grounds that they did not comply with section 198 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Owoeye maintained that the House should not approve the names of the nominees without their credentials, which would prove the authentication of the CVs submitted by the nominees.

Citing section 202 of the Nigerian Constitution, which stated that members of the commission (OSSIEC) should not be subjected to any directive from any authority, Owoeye urged the Speaker of the House, Hon Adejare Bello, to convince the members of the parliament that the nominees would not act under the directive of the state Governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, who nominated them.

Five of the nominees claimed to be members of the ruling PDP, while the remaining two, Justice Adewuyi and Alabi claimed to be apolitical.

Ironically, the Speaker of the parliament affirmed that: “He who pays the piper dictates the tune”.

He said: “Why do you think His Excellency nominated these seven people? It is because they are loyal to PDP. When a person is having a goal he will put people that can help him to achieve that goal around him.”

Maintaining that the seven nominees were nominated by Oyinlola because of their loyalty to the PDP and the state government, an AC lawmaker from Obokun State Constituency, Hon Samson Fafiyebi, said members of the OSSIEC are supposed to be independent and not politically biased.

Fafiyebi stated that there could be no credible election in the state, as long as the ruling PDP still manages the affairs of the OSSIEC.

Deputy Speaker of the parliament, Honourable Ropo Oyewole replied that the political affair of the nominees was not a serious issue, adding that they (nominees) would drop every interest they have in politics as soon as they resume at the commission.

Basically, an AC legislator from Ife-North, Hon Ipoola Binuyo, criticized the nominees for not attaching their credentials to their CVs; questioning that on what grounds would the parliament approve the names of the nominees without their credentials.

Binuyo maintained that the nominees, who did not submit their credentials should not be pardoned, revealing that Ogunola, Alabi and Bamidele, were former members of OSSIEC.

But the Speaker, while using his discretionary power, said the lawmakers should not use the credential as a means to screen or stall the approval of the nominees, saying that he had used his power to shield the nominees on their credentials.

Not satisfied with the action of the Speaker, Binuyo further asked the three former members of the OSSIEC on what qualified them to be re-nominated, saying that the December 15, 2007 local government council election they conducted was still a subject of litigation.

The three former members, who were probating and reprobating on the question, were shielded by the Speaker, who said the OSSIEC members were not lawyers and only concerned withthe OSSIEC law on the last council election.

However, all the AC lawmakers in the House objected to the approval of the nominees, stressing that the nominees should be ordered to produce their credentials before the House could approve their names.

A PDP lawmaker from Ede South state constituency, Mrs. Idiat Babalola, also urged the Speaker of the House to order the nominees to produce their credentials before the house could approve their names.

Ironically, the Majority Leader in the parliament, Prince Akinolu Adeyemi, moved the motion for the approval of the nominees without their credentials, which was seconded by Honourable Kunle Omolola from Ayedire State Constituency.

However, the Minority Leader, Owoeye, also moved a motion to counter the approval of the nominees, which was seconded by Hon Ajibola Olaide.

The speaker turned down the two motions and conducted a voice vote in support or against the approval of the nominees.

He however, upheld the voice of the PDP lawmakers, who supported the approval of the nominees.

Immediately, all the 11 AC lawmakers in the parliament staged a walk-out from the floor of the House before the speaker gave an approval for the state governor to inaugurate the nominees.

The Minority Leader described the House approval of the nominees as a fraud, maintaining that “Osun State is yet to constitute new OSSIEC members.”

Stories By ismail usman

SSS Ejects Sacked Council Bosses From Office

The bid by the sacked 30 local government chairmen in Osun State to contravene the Court of Appeal order, which kicked them out of office, has been thwarted by the operatives of the State Security Services (SSS).

It would be recalled that the Court of Appeal, sitting in Ibadan had dissolved the ousted council bosses and ordered that a fresh council election should be conducted in the state.

The order was in pursuant to the appeal filed by the opposition political parties in the state against the state Independent Electoral Commission (OSSIEC) on the ground that they were not given the 150 days notice before the election as required by the Electoral Act 2006.

The appellate court turned down the verdict of the chief Judge of the state, Justice Fasaasi Ogunsola, who ordered the go-ahead of the poll on the basis that it was not necessary to give 150 days notice as required by the Electoral Act, since the state electoral body has given a mere notice to the parties in the election.

After the delivery of the judgment, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Niyi Owolade, the PDP and the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola through his press secretary, Mr. Lasisi Olagunju in different statements on both the electoral and print media said that the sacked council bosses would still continue to stay in office, despite the order of the court.

The statements gave the council bosses confidence, a situation that made them to be flexing muscle and defied court order, boasting that they would still remain in office despite the order.

However, it was gathered on Tuesday that operatives of the SSS have started disallowing the ousted chairmen from forcing their ways into the councils’ secretariats.

Reacting to the development, one of the Action Congress (AC) governorship candidates, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola’s media aides, Mr. Gbenga Fayemiwo commended the state command of the SSS for upholding the rule of law by later preventing the sacked chairmen and councillors from contravening the judgment.

He said: “In their desperate attempt to thwart the verdict and render the rule of law a nullify, the defunct chairman and councillors decided to obey the instruction of Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola that the status quo ante should be maintained.

“This bid was halted by the SSS which operatives took a patriotic position of disallowing the chairmen from forcing their ways into the 30 council secretariats.

“We are indeed pleased to receive this report from the field and use this medium to commend the leadership of the service in Osun State and Abuja for abiding by the law to discourage the lawless band of impostors” Fayemiwo said.

By kazeem mohammed

Group In Marathon Prayer For Aregbesola

prayers for AregbesolaIT was a marathon of prayer for Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate in Osun State, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola as a group of people under the umbrella of Emmanuel Bankole Laoye Forum (EBL) organized on inter-denominational prayer for the victory of the AC touch-bearer on his legal battle at the Court of Appeal in Ibadan, Oyo State.

EBL, a group under the ambit of the AC in Ede, area of Osun State, rekindled its hope on the victory of Aregbesola at the court, maintaining that, what happened in Ondo and Edo states would soon occur in Osun state.

Islamic clerics and pastors, who were party supporters and non-party supporters, were invited by the group to call for God’s intervention on the legal battle, basically for the retrieval of “Aregbesola’s stolen mandate.”
Led by an Islamic cleric, Imam Abdul-Rauf Adenle (Jebe) both members, and non-members of the EBL, who gathered at Ede Town Hall to form a congregation, unanimously prayed for the protection of Aregbesola and members of the party throughout the state.

Reciting different verses of the Holy Bible, the two pastors that graced the event, Pastors Kolawole Laoye and Awoniyi, reiterated their belief in God on the victory of the AC flag-bearer at the appellate court, describing him (Aregbesola) as the Messiah for the people of the state.

The founder of the Forum (EBL), Chief Emmanuel Bankole Laoye, who is a member of the AC, saluted the courage of the party members for remaining steadfast despite the victimization from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

Laoye encouraged the party members and supporters to be their brother’s keepers, adding that prayer for Aregbesola’s victory should be the priority of every opposition party members in the state.

According to Laoye: “The Forum was formed to reach out and encourage those people who are jobless and helpless, not to give up because we believe there is a brighter future for Nigeria and our youths are our future. That is why we need to encourage them that things would be better,” said Laoye.

He lamented the PDP-led administration in the state, describing it as a disaster to the masses. “I am not happy with the administration of the PDP because I know they can do better. It is an opportunity for everybody to serve as a leader and when you are called to serve, you have to serve with the fear of God.
“I have not seen anything that shows the present administration has the fear of the lord.

“When someone becomes governor, he is a not governor of the party that produced him as a candidate. He is a governor of the whole people in the state, the father of all, irrespective of political affiliations.

“I am not happy with the way the PDP is managing the affairs of the state, because all they know is the self-interest of their party members to the detriment of the masses” he lamented.

Speaking after the prayer session, the state Coordinator of Ultimate Group, Pharmacist Israel Oyagbile, enjoined the people not to be deceived by the PDP, whom he (Oyagbile) said misinform the public on the outcome of the last proceedings of the Court of Appeal.

According to Oyagbile, Aregbesola’s case remained intact and valid, revealing that all the needed evidences to prove the claimed irregularities in the last governorship election had been admitted by the appellate court as against the lies of the PDP.

By ISMAIL USMAN

Oyinlola’s Tenure: An Evaluation

Governor OyinlolaBY May 29,2009,Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the Governor of Osun State would have been in office for six continous years. Except the Court of Appeal rules otherwise in the case on the 2007 Gubernatorial election before then.

Having been in office for so long, one can now attempt to evaluate his performance in office since he was sworn in as Governor of Osun State on May 29, .2003. I want to declare straightaway that, to me, his administration has been one of, much “sound and fury but signifying nothing”. His administration has been generally characterized by the execution of some scattered white-elephant projects on which much more money had been expended on their publicity in various publications, pamphlets and paid adverts than were actually expended in executing the projects.

Before I go on, I want to concede that Prince Oyinlola’s administration made an appreciable impact on the construction of primary school buildings. In taking this position, one is taking a holistic view of his administration’s performance as most, if, not all, the primary school buildings were contracted by Honourable members of State House of Assembly as Constituency Projects as well as various Local Governments in the State. However, the cost of erecting these structures, the quality of the materials used in the construction and the design of the structures are an entirely different ball game. Investigations have shown that most of the structures were put up at ridiculously exorbitant costs while the quality of the materials used in the construction were of the lowest quality and hence many of the structure are failing already.

More importantly, the design of most of the structures is out of place as they look more like residential bungalows, rather than classrooms. One can then safely conclude that most of the primary school buildings constructed by Governor Oyinlola’s administration are wasteful and not really functional. In any case, they have succeeded in massaging his ego and portraying the depth of his vanity as most of them carry the inscription “Oyin ni 0”.

Some other constituency projects by the Honourable members of the State House of Assembly are: equally of the lowest quality and at most exorbitant prices. No wonder, many of them collapsed immediately or very soon after they were commissioned. One can also talk of the much-orchestrated mini-water projects scattered over the state about which so much noise had been made. As at present, most of them have either not taken off or have failed while the few functioning ones are being maintained with funds of the Local Governments where they are sited. One can also point to a few roads that were claimed to have been constructed, most of which, however, have failed soon after commissioning.

A disturbing and noticeable trait of Governor Oyinlola’s administration is its penchant for expanding the state’s scarce resources on that are not the responsibility of the State Government. It has been insinuated that such a development is in furtherance of the ­Governor’s love in spending money recklessly at all cost, possibly for personal aggrandizement and/or financial benefits.

This contention can be justified by a few instances. One instance is giving assistance to Federal Agencies in the State in the form of office building, vehicles, and others. If the Federal Government., decides to set up any of its agencies in the state, it is only reasonable to expect it to adequately fund such agencies. While there are other such unnecessary, if not unreasonable expenditures by Oyinlola’ administration, the most conspicuous is the dualisation of Osogbo-Ede Road. This is a Federal Government Road on which a thinking State Governments should not have committed its resources.

Such expenditures on areas which are not the responsibility of the State Government, especially those relating to the Federal Government, are like “throwing spittle into the ocean”. Only a profligate, irresponsible and uncaring Government can engage in this type of financial recklessness.Incidentally, and, most unfortunately for Osun. State, this dualisation of Osogbo-Ede Road along the Osogbo-Gbongan Road has become a monumental failure. In fact, the dualisation of the road has done much harm to the State Capital and has since become a nuisance and a disgrace to the State. Apart from the fact that it is taking tool long to construct the road which is less than 20 kilometres in length, the cost of construction is very prohibitive while most areas along the road are failing and collapsing as soon as they are constructed.

The greatest source of worry and most disturbing embarrassment to the indigenes of Osogbo and Osun State in general is the inconvenience which they haveto contend with as they ply this road. Osogbo, the State Capital, which since the advent of. Oyinlola’s administration has, virtually gone to sleep economically, is now experiencing artificial traffic hold-ups and go-slows. The approaches to the bridge being constructed near the Old Secretariat along the route and to Ola-Iya junction are the worst focal points. Motorist and commuters alike are now subjected to a most-harrowing inconvenience on this route and this phenomenon has only exacerbated the already parlous state of the economy in the State. As at present, economic activities in the State are at the lowest level, possible and the people are groaning and finding it extremely difficult to make ends meet.

In the face of this economic downturn in the State, Governor Oyinlola and his team feel most unconcerned as they continue to engage in their well-known pastime of merry-making, partying and expensive participation in recreational, games. Nowadays, the State’s resources are being recklessly expended on massaging the sporting ego of the Governor and his team and in celebrating or marking various anniversaries – weddings, birthdays, burial ceremonies of the Governor and his close aides.

The Governor and indeed the administration of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola has become that of “OWANBE”. The state is wallowing in abject poverty and neglect while .the Governor IS busy gallivanting all over the place, serving as peace-maker or interventionist of one type or the other in matters which are purely outside his responsibility as Governor of Osun State.

As at present, it will not be uncharitable to declare Governor Oyinlola’s administration in Osun State a “monumental failure”. If the present style of governance persists, Osun State will definitely qualify to be declared a disaster zone at the end of his tenure.

By ADETUNJI ADEMOLA

Oyinlola Tackles Teacher Corp Members To Take Over Public Schools

Protesting TeachersTHE lingering crisis between the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led administration has got to a level that the state government is hell-bent at ensuring that the striking teachers pay dearly for their insubordination to the state government.

In its recent effort to undermine the threat of the teachers, holding it to ransom over their resolve to abandon the classroom until the new salary issue is resolved, the government has written to the state directorate of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to assign over 90 percent of the corps members to its schools.

Investigations revealed that the state government believed that another way to defeat the stubborn teachers is to flood the schools with corps members, providing them with adequate securities to enable them open the school doors again, thereby forcing the teachers to negotiate based on whatever the government is willing to offer.

OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the Peoples Democratic Party-led government in the state resolved on the move, after its several attempts to bring back the striking members of the NUT failed.

The government had directed the Teaching Service Commission to open an attendance register for the teachers, a move described as an empty threat by the leadership of the NUT, while the government also threatens to deduct the salary of the members based on no work, no pay policy.

The state NUT had shunned a High Court order in the state restraining it from embarking on industrial action to join its counterparts from four other South-West states protesting the non-implementation of the new salary scale promised them by the government.

Reacting on the issue, an executive member of the state NUT, who preferred anonymity, told OSUN DEFENDER that the union is aware of the government’s plan, saying the union is battle-ready against all plans of the Oyinlola-led government.

The executive member, however, blamed its leadership at the state for the present travails the union has found itself, adding that if they had not been involved in a romance with the state government, their position would have been given prompt attention before getting to this stage.

According to the source, the government is taking the union for a ride, even when it is responsible for its being in power in the first place, the source however, added that the selfish and greedy attitudes of its leadership is responsible for the trouble the government is putting it through.

Then, the source revealed that the NUT leadership would do everything to ensure that the welfare of its members is adequately protected.

Also speaking on the issue, Pa Wale Azeez, a retired public school principal disclosed that the present travail would teach the union leadership a good lesson that no government is worth to be trusted whole-heartedly.

He however, warned the government on the consequences of flooding schools with graduates that are not properly trained to teach in our public schools, saying it should rather go to the roundtable with the teachers.

Speaking further, he stated that the way and manner the Governor spoke on a public television and radio programme about the crisis between the government and the NUT was not helping matters.

Pa Azeez, added that with about two or three weeks to the Senior Secondary Schools Leaving Certificate examinations, the government ought to have been involved in critical discussion with the union like it was done in Lagos and Ogun States rather than resolving to media war and recruiting corps members into its public schools.

Ondo PDP Invades LG Councils

POLITICAL thuggery and violence, which are common features within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) fold are about to rear their ugly heads in Ondo state again.

The Ondo State governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko alerted the people of the state in a state- wide broadcast on both state-owned Television and Radio stations of a planned armed- invasion of all the Local government councils by former PDP Council chairmen in the state.

“I wish to bring to your urgent attention that the peace you have cherished is now being threatened by the former PDP chairmen of Local Government councils” the governor revealed.

According to the governor, the 18 ousted council chairmen filed an action at Akure High Court on 14 March 2009 to invalidate their removal and reinstate them.

He said it was sad to note that the erstwhile chairmen without waiting for the outcome of the court action, which they filed, brow-beat the relevant authorities to mobilize fully armed security personnel to invade the Local Government Secretariat with a view to forcefully taking over the affairs of the councils.

Dr Olusegun Mimiko also disclosed in the broadcast that some Council Secretariats have been looted, while official documents have been either distorted or destroyed.

He stated further that the situation was being deliberately manipulated by elements in the state PDP, who are yet to come to terms with their loss of power in the state, in order to create an impression of instability and a sense that the state is ungovernable.

The governor also revealed that the goal of the PDP was to create a state of anarchy and lawlessness with a view to persuading President Umaru Yar’Adua to declare a state of emergency in the state.

It will be recalled that on November 1, 2007 an Akure High Court presided over by Justice Lanre Akerdolu gave an order in a case filed by the Minority Leader in the Ondo State House of Assembly, Honourable Ifedayo Akinsoyinu and others restraining the defendants, their agents and privies from conducting the Local Government elections slated for December 2007, until the substantive issue raised by the plaintiffs had been resolved.

The government then filed an appeal against this court order, despite the court order, and while the appeal was still pending; Dr Olusegun Agagu’s government went ahead to conduct the purported elections, which were rightly boycotted by the people of Ondo State.

The governor said that the dissolved PDP Local Government executives and legislatures, who usurped office between December 2007 to March 2009 were product of illegal elections adding that as a responsible government, they have no other choice than to dissolve such illegal contraption that the last administration hurriedly put in place

He explained further that the dissolved executive and legislative arms of the 18 councils did not constitute the elected Local Government envisaged in section 7 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Local Government laws of Ondo State.

“It is significant to note that the dissolution of the Local Government operatives was widely-applauded by the generality of the people of the state as not a single incident of crisis or violence was recorded across the state” he concluded.

The governor therefore appealed to the people of the state not to allowed themselves to be provoked to do anything that can impair the peace and stability of the state.

He then enjoined them to remain calm and avoid any form of violence and physical confrontation.

– By OJO FUNSO, Akure

10 Million Naira Scandal Rocks Osun Farmers Association

FINANCIAL crisis has hit the Association of Cassava Farmers in Osun State as the Local Governments executives of the association recently accused the state executive of allegedly misappropriating about N10 million, belonging to the association.

The Association Local Government executive stated that since the chairman of the state executive, Chief David Ogunsakin came on board, he has not been able to account for about N10 million accruable to the association.

Chairman of the association local government executives, Mallam Sodiq Osuolale told newsmen during the week that Chief Ogunsakin’s style of leadership negates the principle of accountability.

Investigations conducted by OSUN DEFENDER however, revealed that some cassava farmers in the state are nursing grudges against the chairman over what they described as preferential treatment especially in the issue of disbursement of loans.

A farmer in Olorunda Local Government Council Area told the medium that the actions of the chairman are highly frustrating, but no one dare confront him as he is believed to be enjoying tremendous support from some powerful individuals in authority.

However, the local council’s executive last Tuesday passed a vote of no-confidence on the state chairman, citing financial recklessness, and also alleged that it had overstayed its legal term.

Though in a swift reaction, Chief David Ogunsakin debunked the claim of the local executives that he had over-stayed his tenure, saying the association had already amended its constitution to accommodate tenure elongation, even at the national level of the association.

He also dismissed the vote of no-confidence passed on him by them; saying they had no right to do so, but, such action could only be carried out by the General Meeting conveyed by the state executives.

He also announced the suspension of some members of the local executive; Sodiq Osuolale, Musafiu Ganiyu and Ganiyu Adeleke, adding that the attempt to soil his integrity is orchestrated by some members who did not want to return the association’s loans.

The source further stated that the state chairman is becoming untouchable as he has the overwhelming support of the authority in the state.

Also, the local executive maintained that their position stands, saying that the chairman should go public with the financial records of the association, since he came on board.

By SHINA ABUBAKAR

Forensic Evidence And Politics Of Misinformation

Omo Osun with Kola Olabisi

IN any organization, marketers the set of people bedeviled with problems associated with products such companies are identified with. What is applicable to products is also applicable to services. If a product or service is flawless, marketers are known to have less work to do. But if a product is a bundle of difficulties, marketers who are unfortunate to be saddled with the responsibility of packaging such products are faced with arduous task of extracting water from stone. No matter what the effort of a marketer is, a bad product does not have any other name other than something associated with negativism.

In Osun State today, one needs not be a professional marketer to know that both Engr Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, the indomitable Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate and the embattled incumbent Governor Olagunsoye Ashola Oyinlola, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate are the two prominent politicians in the state of the Living Spring. It is however known to all and sundry that Aregbesola, any time, any day, is a marketer’s delight as little or no effort is required for further packaging of the AC candidate, while it is pungently obvious that for any marketer to get Oyinlola sold, there is need for admixture of ingenuity and unorthodox means of making things happen.

The kernel of this piece is that while Oyinlola is a difficult product, Aregbesola only needs marketing to sustain his enviable political attainment not only in Osun State but in the South-West. Events in the state of the Living Spring since Aregbesola showed his intention to upstage the embattled Governor Oyinlola have shown that though the Okuku prince is a retired Army General but he is a political neophyte who needs tutelage under the younger mechanical engineer whom he once derisively referred to as a refrigerator repairer.

Oyinlola knows where the shoe pinches him because the name ‘Rauf’ haunts him like a plague. Having highlighted the above points, I sympathize with collegue gentleman whose duty it is to package Oyinlola. I will never, just like the other people, join issues with my friend, Mr Lasisi Olagunju, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS) for protecting his source of livelihood by defending his boss. My area of concern was when the contemporary developments in the Court of Appeal, sitting in Ibadan were misrepresented by my friend to satisfy the whims and caprices of the Okuku prince.

The purpose of his resorting to journalese, semantics and mere chicanery to confuse the good people of Osun State is the reason I feel obliged to straighten the record as an hyper-active member of the public whose duty is to gather, process, and disseminate news on the issue at stake. Olagunju can not tell me we were not together at the press gallery.

I am surprised that the CPS could join in spreading the falsehood that the Court of Appeal did not admit any forensic evidence on Wednesday. It was the same Olagunju who has been spreading this fallacy who said that: “The court, on Wednesday, only consolidated with the main appeal, four interlocutory appeals arising from the decision of the trial tribunal rejecting applications by Aregbesola to introduce Adrian Forty and Tunde Yadeka as additional witnesses as well as an application to re-open his case so as to tender election results. With the consolidation of the appeals on Adrian Forty and others with the main appeal, the decisions of the appeal court on the matters would come with the final judgment”.

With the above statement, it is pungent clear that the CPS is a marker of a difficult product in the person of Oyinlola. And that is why my friend is approbating and reprobating at the same time. The kernel of Olagunju’s propaganda in this regard is at variance with what transpired in the appeal court of that Wednesday. One wonders if the forensic evidence was not admitted, how then, did the CPS agree that “the decisions of the appellate court on the matters would come with the final judgment?” This goes a long way to show that the Oyinlola mouthpiece is all out to confuse unsuspecting members of the public; a development which has failed to achieve the ulterior motive it was intended for because of the awareness level of the people who have unfortunately fallen victims of deceit in the past six years of Oyinlola’s administration in the state.

If Olagunju had wanted to be an unbiased umpire, he would have told members of the public the drama witnessed over the attempt by Oyinlola’s counsel, Mallam Yusuf Ali (SAN), to thwart efforts by Aregbesola’s counsel, Chief Kola Awodein (SAN), to make the court admit as exhibit the document containing the report on the forensic expert. It is on record that Ali, in an attempt to stop the document from being incorporated into Aregbesola’s four other appeals, told the five-man panel-led Justice Victor Aimupomo Omage, to discountenance the application containing the report, adding that he had no knowledge of such a document in his file.

Ali’s words: “On the face of the motion, there are four appeals listed. The one listed as 1.5 of the motion, we don’t have any knowledge of it. There are three interlocutory and one substantive appeal”. I hope Olagunju could remember that there was confusion in the court sequel to the insistence of Awodein that he filed the document on December 31, 2008 and that there was a reply from the Oyinlola counsel acknowledging the receipt of the document; a development which made the court to announce a stand-down for five minutes which later dragged to about thirty minutes to enable the counsel and the registry sort out themselves.

During the stand-down, the trial justices sent for the leading interested counsel in their chambers but Ali refused to go and it was the embattled partner of his, Kunle Kalejaiye and Nathaniel Oke (SANs) who went into the justices’ chambers.

The document containing the forensic report was later found in the court’s registry and incorporated by the court into the four briefs of argument. And it was indeed a season of apologies as Oyinlola’s counsel, Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) counsel, Mr Joe Gadzama, and the police counsel, Mr Niyi Owolade, Osun State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General apologized ceaselessly in turns for having told lies before the court, telling the same court that they were aware of the document. What an embarrassment to the court!

WITH the confusion over the document resolved, Awodein moved a motion to include the forensic report in the four appeals filed by Aregbesola. Ali, Gadzama and Owolade did not object. Awodein urged the court to declare Aregbesola winner of the April 14, 2007 governorship election, adding that the Election Petitions Tribunal that heard the case was wrong in rejecting the police security report and Forms EC8D and EC8E tendered before it. The Aregbesola counsel told the court that it was necessary to consider the police security report contained in an envelope marked Exhibit 161 to 171 – Certified True Copy – to assist the court to verify the claims of the appellant that the election was characterized by malpractices and violence.

And that it did not also comply with the Electoral Act. Awodein emphasized that the lower tribunal was wrong in rejecting the police security report and should declare the first appellant winner of the April 14, 2007 governorship election. The Aregbesola lawyer maintained that the failure of INEC to call any witness at the lower tribunal “… is fatal to their case and supports the appellants’ case that there were no counting of votes in the disputed 10 local governments as pleaded and established by evidence. On a clear basis, if your lordships are to deduct or nullify the disputed votes in the affected ten local governments, it will be clear that the appellant would be scoring majority of the votes cast on April 14, 2007 governorship election. We should be declared winner, this is the fulcrum of my submission”.

The failure to submit Form EC8A in seven local governments, particularly in Ife East Local Government by INEC, he added, had established the proof that there were no elections in the area. Awodein, therefore, urged the court to declare Aregbesola winner as contained in paragraphs 158.2 and 158.4 of the petition and as set out on page 77 of volume 1 of the record. According to him, if the valid votes were considered, his client would get the majority and win one-quarter of the votes in two-third of the 30 local government councils making up the state.

Ali prayed the court to dismiss all Aregbesola’s appeals on the grounds that they lack merit and substance, adding that all the appeals were not relevant to the case, citing the cases of Agagu Vs Mimiko and Oshiomhole Vs Osunbor. According to Ali, in the two cases, there were sufficient pleadings and witnesses called to give evidence. He said besides, particular votes were counted units by units and the tribunal made its findings before declaring the petitioners winners, adding that that was not the case in the Osun matter.

The Oyinlola counsel said the appellant had not shown in the interlocutory appeals that the tribunal did not exercise its discretion judiciously. After hearing the arguments of the counsel, Justice Omagie reserved judgement until a date to be communicated to the parties.

When it was Gadzama’s turn, he said it was the duty of the appellants/petitioners to prove their case. In his response to INEC’s failure to call witnesses, Gadzama said it was a deliberate decision because the appellants/petitioners “had wanted our witnesses to do their bidding. The report alluded to by the appellants’ counsel was not frontloaded . And there was substantial compliance with the Electoral Act. There can never be perfect elections. I adopted the submission of my learned respondents’ counsel that the appeal should be rejected”.

BEFORE it was the turn of Owolade to address the court, Justice Omagie took up the INEC counsel, accusing him of malapropism with reference to the use of the word ‘frontloaded’, cautioning that it was used inappropriately. Gadzama however, ate a humble pie for this. Owolade did not even waste the precious time of the court as he turned out to have made one of the shortest addresses in the history of litigation at the appeal court level in this country. After introducing himself, he said: “I seek your indulgence to dismiss the appeals in its entirety”.

Any spiritually gifted mortal who witnessed the proceedings would not believe less that there was more to some of the happenings on the occasion than meets the eyes, as some of the developments and their subsequent solutions were obviously beyond the comprehension of human beings. While a party, through reliance on principalities and power was trying to make things difficult at the proceedings, marathon prayers by the other party were used to counter the power of the devil. Who says there is no power in prayers? There is hardly a place or a day when prayer warriors are not making case for Aregbesola. True to type, the prayers have a place in the success story of the Aregbesola struggle to bail out the people of the State of the Living Spring from the chains of oppression and suppression which is the stock in trade of the reactionary group.

What Olagunju had intended to achieve through his fallacious publication in the media had failed woefully. Thank God, the state-owned electronic media which has largely been a channel of dishing out the falsehood does not have a monopoly of operation. The same is applicable to some of the print media being used for the ulterior motive. The problem with the CPS is that he is having a difficult product to sell. He has to resort to less than dignifying method to show his master that he is working.

The knowledge of forensic document that was initially denied by the respondents’ counsel which could not be found at the onset was not accidental; the whole thing appeared pre-arranged but which boomeranged because it pungently portrayed the respondents’ counsel as a set of professionals having something to hide. Whatever the intention of the masterminds and their accomplices might be, the plan failed to achieve the desired result and earned for their principal a monumental minus. I rest my case here.

This Ile Awiye Stinks

bACK UP WITH AJANI SAMUEL

One component of the heritage that the late sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo bequeathed was press freedom. The hero of Yoruba emancipation once said: “Any breathing mortal that is deprived of freedom of expression is already a carcass in the graveyard”. He matched words with action as he established the first television station in black Africa which today is known as Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Ibadan.

This shows that the Yoruba are forerunners in civilization. The Yoruba are the pacesetters. This feat is derivable from our scholastic prowess which no other race in Nigeria can equally boast of till date. It is from this that we fashion out our boldness; and when we open up a course, others look on to learn from our God-given ingenuity. It is not today that we earn this. It is not even yesterday because it is a gradual evolutionary process which orientation we have imbibed over a long period of time. If anybody tries to strip us of this enviable quality, I think the person may relish time wastage as a hobby.

When Osun State was carved out of the old Oyo State in 1991, all the workers were asked to go to their individual states. The Ijesas, Iwos, Ifes, Ikires, the Igbominas that fell within the new state and the Osogbos, Ikiruns and Edes, all were asked to pack their personal effects and go to their new state (Osun). I remember vividly how the then military governor of the old Oyo State lamented the crop of seasoned administrators that the new Osun State was taking off with; leaving the new Oyo State with depleted civil service structure. He ran to General Ibrahim Babangida to formally lodge an appeal which almost cost him his job as a military administrator. He quickly elevated officers to fill the vacuum created, with some in acting capacity.

Radio OYO and TSOS were no exceptions. It can even be insinuated that the twin media outfits were the worst heat. About 90 per cent of the management staff and professionals left for Osun because they are either indigenes or they derived matrimonial affinity therefrom. The outfits were grossly depleted and it was as if they would not survive the depletion onslaught.

The indigenes of the new state (Osun) that left were not without their challenges. The satellite radio station at Ile-Ife was not originally designed for independent broadcast. It was just a booster station, magnifying the output from Ibadan to Ile-Ife and its environs. So, the challenge was to perform the magic that would enhance the capacity of an electronic device to go round the whole of Osun State for adequate information dissemination. The same goes with the then TSOS channel 22 UHF Ibokun. A booster station that was positioned to assuage the Ijesas for their complaint of neglect was to become the mega-station that would serve the whole state of The Living Spring, when all the segments of the state were to make do with the N3,000,000 naira that was released to Col. Leo Ajiborisa as a take-off grant. It was indeed herculean.

Trust their ingenuity; the crop of seasoned administrators and professionals quickly took up the challenges. They put heads together to prevent any blackout: The people of the new state must not be kept in the dark about the policies and the programmes of the new administration and there must be no communication gap. The magic wand became kinetic. The miracle was performed and within the shortest time possible, the cock began to crow from radio Osun at Ile-Ife. Not long after this, the television station in Ibokun followed suit and as it appeared, no negative impact has been felt because the consternation that the people of the new state would be cut off from the rest of the world was quickly averted. That prompted Col Leo Ajiborisha to conclude that he was the luckiest of all the MILADS that had just been posted to the newly-created states.

While it was a success story for Osun and its people, the people that were left in the remaining part of the old Oyo State were not so lucky. Truly, the equipments were on ground, and highly sophisticated too. The problem arose with their operations. All the people with competent technical know-how had been moved to the new state that was carved out of it. The animosity that was shown to the people earlier, removed the freedom to interact with the gurus who had departed and they grappled with this problem for a very long time before they could have a headway. At a time, they lured some of their erstwhile colleagues that were partially based in Ibadan to perform in freelance capacity until they got the mastery of the state of heart gadgets in the studios.

Back in Osun, there was unalloyed honesty to perform. It was in an atmosphere of freedom and neutrality that they were operating and this gave rise to magnificent output, and it was professionalism at its best. There was no interference of any sort because their operations were distinctly separated from politics. Between 1991 and 2003, everybody was free to operate in the overall interest of the media outfits even after befitting studios at Oke Baale, Ibokun road which later became “Ile Awiye” (courtesy of retired Olatide Ojo of Majiyagbe fame) has been put in place. The efficiency was soaring.

There was no distinction between the permanent staff and those who worked freelance because things were done with decorum and issues were handled painstakingly. Everybody had tender conscience with serious abhorrence for errors. Information would be authenticated before they became news that would be disseminated to the public. All these must have been responsible for the non-interference that they enjoyed over the years. And they were better off for it.

I am an advocate of change constancy. I believe that it is dysfunctional to remain stationary like a stagnant water that deprives systematic ebullience and ecstasy. That change, however, must be progressive.

It must be likeable from the perspective of positivism, because of a necessity; it adds value to the system and adds to the survival of the system. It is distasteful to me if we have it otherwise because that will definitely cause the system to collapse as we are having it in ILE AWIYE today, where caution has been thrown to the wind and ethos are flagrantly desecrated.

It all started in 2003 when Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola got to power (people say by default and I think I have enough reasons to agree with them). The functionaries were still the same and in fact not the change of political party hegemony was to change the leadership because the man at the helm of affairs is a strong PDP stalwart who was graciously appointed by Chief Bisi Akande during his tenure, due to his belief that sentiments have no place in governance and square pegs best suit square holes.

Immediately Governor Oyinlola got to power, he sent stern warning to Ile Awiye that of a necessity, they must be partisan. Of course, he was aware that the minority party had wangled its way to power by default and so nothing should be spared to make it look otherwise. He turned the outfits to personal estate that should be pocketed and controlled; even if inordinately.

I am only disappointed in Chief Yemi Farounbi whom I regard as a man that knows his onions. I am of the opinion that he ought to have courteously told his boss (Oyinlola), who is lay in the ethics of pen profession. He ought to have told Oyinlola that information dissemination has a twin brother of neutrality toga, which I believe were maintained by his benefactor (Chief Bisi Akande) to the extent that he (Chief Yemi Faroumbi) literally coerced Chief Bisi Akande before introducing that popular programme – ‘LABE ODAN’, because of the belief by the latter that action speaks louder than voice.

Today, freedom has been muzzled: The operators in ILE AWIYE cannot freely report point blank and every voice of opposition has been stifled, however rational it appears. The time bloom upon the first “ripe fruits” has been removed by the rough handling of the media house surrounding. The sensitive plant of piety has turned into a willow in the hand of Oyinlola; that it appears now too pliant and too easily yielding.

It is sadly true that a one-time enviable media outfit has grown by degrees so callous, that those professional aberrations that once appeared disdainful no long alarm them in the least. By degrees, they get familiar with defiant clog, because the ear in which the cannon has been booming will not notice slight sounds anymore. Great professional assaults are regarded as a little ill and presumption has assumed a debilitating dimension.

ILE AWIYE has gone so partisan that names are denied the right prefix; or how can one explain a situation where an engineer has become mere “Mr.” (mister) considering how passionate we are about titles in our society (where as the title in this instance was toiled and sweated for). They palliate falsehood and throw a cloak over it, but end up calling this act by dainty names. In news and documentary, you only hear Mr. Aregbesola as against Engineer Aregbesola that our society adores; having come from a dint of hard work.

This is because that is what suits the ears of the autocratic governor that has been foisted on us. By and by, little foxes are spoiling the vine of vibrancy that ILE AWIYE is known for.

This aberration is retrogressive, dangerous, and deadly. What looks inconsequential has started having its toll on the outfits of late. They have been caught in the web of their deviant behaviour. Governor Oyinlola has bastardized them that he, personally, has lost confidence in their potency. Oyinlola preferred to commit functions of image laundering into the care of personalities other than those in ILE AWIYE because he felt he has turned them to a bully where nothing good can originate anymore.

He recently decided to make use of Adeyemi Omojola of NTA Osogbo (who has become an unholy tool in the hand of Oyinlola) through the office of the Press Secretary to the Governor, and in conjunction with BEN TV.; a media outfit based in London to sell OSUN to the outside world, by-passing his brides of mass destruction in ILE AWIYE. Can you see how nemesis can catch up with a traitor?: And the general manager is a professional too.

It is needful to remind the professionals in ILE AWIYE that they have waned seriously in popularity that majority of the people in Osun have no penchant for their programmes any longer; not even for the news because people know that they are nothing but mere concoction of falsehood and embellishment. It is time for ILE AWIYE to know that as the tiny coral insect can build a rock that can wreck a navy, little strokes can fell oaks, and continual droppings can wear stones as well. Retraction is needful now; because their commissions and omissions will be weighed in the scales of eternity.