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

Osun AC To PDP: Don’t Attempt To Rig Rerun Elections

Osun State Chapter of the Action Congress (AC) has advised the state wing of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against any move to rig the rerun election ordered by the Appeal Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State recently.

The appellate court had nullified the elections of Senator Iyiola Omisore and Honourable Akintunde Adegboye representing Osogbo State constituency and ordering a rerun.

AC in a statement signed by its state Director of Research and Strategy, Mr. Sunday Akere, warned the PDP not to seek the anger of the people by attempting to upturn their will.

It disclosed further that the party was aware of the plans by the PDP candidate for Osogbo state constituency, to cause violence during the rerun election especially in Wards 4 and 5 with a view to smuggling in a well-prepared result.

The party further alleged that the two PDP candidates in the rescheduled elections had already started assuring their supporters that there would not be any elections and they would be declared winners.

It added that the PDP candidate in the Osogbo state constituency rerun had been informing his supporters at different meetings that the party (PDP) was fully ready to ensure that the people’s votes did not count.

Furthermore, the statement disclosed that Senator Iyiola Omisore has been bragging about that the same number of votes that was allotted to him in 2007 would still be his score in the rerun election.

The statement chided the sacked senator for instructing his sponsored political thugs that his opponent in the election, Barrister Babajide Omoworare should be attacked or kidnapped if seen in Ifeland.

It also alleged that the embattled senator has recruited thugs, training them ahead of the rerun election in the senatorial zone.

AC further berated a serving commissioner in the Oyinlola-led administration over his altercations at the appeal court premises that the rerun would be a festival of violence for Omisore to return to the senate.

It reads: “The blood-thirsty commissioner and his ilks are warned to be prepared to pay the price, if they toy with the patience of the people.”

It further warned that the masses of the state were ready to adopt the rig and roast agenda if anyone takes them for a ride, as done in Ekiti State .

AC then called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the police and other security organizations to take notice of the PDP’s candidates’ threats.

It added that the PDP no longer has the interest of the masses and could do anything to cause violence, thereby causing chaos in the state.

It also called on all stakeholders in the state to call the PDP to order with a view to ensuring the continuous existence of peace in the state.

By shina abubakar

Plot To Kidnap Osun AC Leaders Uncovered

Anarchy looms in Osun State as a plot to kidnap some leaders of opposition parties in Ife/Ijesa Senatorial District has reached an advanced stage ahead of the forthcoming rerun senatorial election speculated for early December.

According to an investigation conducted by OSUN DEFENDER, some hoodlums on the payroll of a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state have been perfecting strategies that would be used, while deliberations were still on the locations where the victims would be kept.

Findings revealed that some loyalists of the sacked Senator Iyiola Omisore allegedly settled for the plan when it was clear to them that the return bid of the impeached deputy governor during Chief Bisi Akande led-administration was under threat as a result of multitudes of political intrigues within the PDP fold in the state.

It would be recalled that the Court of Appeal in Ibadan, Oyo State, late last month, asked Omisore to pack his personal effects out of the upper chamber of the National Assembly, before making use of the exit door of the senate, while at the same time ordering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct another election within 60 days in the senatorial district, describing the 2007 election that purportedly brought Omisore to the senate as a fraudulent one.

Meanwhile, a source close to the camp of Omisore confided in OSUN DEFENDER that some governorship aspirants on the platform of the PDP have vowed not to work for the return bid of the Ife-born politician, arguing that working for him would be a political suicide for their political future.

According to an investigation conducted by OSUN DEFENDER, some leaders of the opposition Action Congress (AC) in the state would be offered a lifeline to take huge sums of money and work against the interest of their party or risk the consequences of their remaining adamant.

It was gathered that if any politician is kidnapped, he would not be freed until the election is over; while the victim would either be blindfolded or stocked in the boot of a car until he is parceled to a yet-to-be-discovered locations that would be used.

It would be recalled that the main challenger of Omisore, Honourable Babajide Omoworare had been kidnapped by some faceless hoodlums before the 2007 general elections at Gbongan-Osogbo Junction while returning to Lagos from Osogbo, only to be dumped at a community very close to Oyo town, Oyo State 24 hours later.

Reacting on the development, the AC senatorial candidate, Omoworare said as a prince in Ile-Ife, a bonafide citizen of Nigeria , he was not afraid of his opponent, arguing that he was not unaware that the PDP would be planning a serious evil for him and some leaders of his party, contending that “God’s security is the best.

“I know that there must be a plan to distract my attention from the consultations that are going on in the senatorial district. I also know that the PDP and my opponent are up to a game, but I am cock-sure that our people would not rest on their oars”, Omoworare asserted.

In his reaction, the state Publicity Director of the PDP, Mr. Adeolu Adeyemo said that his party was very strong in the senatorial district, reiterating that there was no need to kidnap anyone, for the party would win the district anytime.

Countering his argument, the state AC Director of Strategies and Research, Mr. Sunday Akere said that the PDP has never won any election in the state, saying that the party only relied on rigging and violence to achieve its aim.

“We knew right from time that the PDP has no base, but violence and rigging machine and the most unfortunate thing is that the party has a wicked partnership with the electoral body. We shall neither relent nor rest on our oars as touching the forthcoming rerun election”, Akere said.

By goke butika

Students Berate Oyinlola, Lament Hike In School Fees

Students in Osun State-owned tertiary institutions have berated Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led government for using education to exploit the students and their poor parents.

According to the students in a survey conducted by OSUN DEFENDER on Monday, Oyinlola had, since 2007 commercialized and turned education to a privilege for the masses.

The students lamented the current hike in the state-owned institutions’ fees, saying that the fees were too outrageous to bear in a poor and civil servants state like Osun.

Maintaining that the increment in the tuition fees had not improved the standard of infrastructural facilities on their various campuses, the students said the state government should look elsewhere to generate income rather than exploiting the masses through tertiary education.

The students, who spoke to the medium at Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke, Osun State Colleges of Education, Ilesa, and Ila-Orangun, decried what they called annual increment in the state owned institutions’ fees.

It would be recalled that last year, students and their parents witnessed a steep increment in the tuition fees, ranging from N8,000 to N45,000 for polytechnics, and N6000 to N30,000 for the state-owned colleges of education.

The increment, according to findings of the medium, resulted to mass dropout as most of the students and their parents could not afford the fees.

The state government has again increased the tuition fees this year, a development that has generated ripples and criticism in the state.

OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the management of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, in Boripe Local Government Council Area of the state has been enforcing students of the institution to pay the outrageous fees, by giving the newly-admitted students a two-week ultimatum or their admission would be forfeited.

An HND student of the institution is expected to pay N42,600, while each ND I student pays N37,600. Each of the HND II and ND II students pays N27,500 and N22,000 respectively.

By Ismail Usman

Ifelodun Council Boss Diverts Allocation Again

•Involves Career Officers In Shady Deals

The canker worm of corruption and diversion of public funds into personal pockets of some political office holders in Osun State has moved to Ifelodun Local Government Council Area of the state, as the chairman of the council area, Mr Sarafadeen Awotunde was alleged to have involved some career officers in the council area to perfect his corrupt acts.

OSUN DEFENDER gathered that before the disbursement of the October 2009 allocation from the federation account to the council area, the council boss and his cohorts had allegedly obtained an overdraft to the tune of N20 million from the council’s banker (name withheld).

It was gathered that when the allocation arrived, the authority of the bank where the council boss obtained the overdraft quickly deducted its N20 million that had been received in advance through overdraft by the council boss and left the rest of the allocation for the council to battle with, a situation that grossly affected the payment of salaries of workers among other things.

As at the time of filing this report on Monday, findings showed that the July, 2009 salaries of the health workers had not been paid, while the October, 2009 salaries of the workers in all the nine departments of the council were also yet to be paid.

Meanwhile, the council boss and his cohorts had allegedly returned to the same bank to obtain another overdraft in anticipation that the November, 2009 allocation and salaries of workers would suffer for it.

It was learnt that the bank reportedly turned down the request of the council boss and his cohorts, a situation that had allegedly forced them to run to another bank, with a view to securing another loan.

Instead of the senior career officers, who had allegedly been involved in the shady deal to come to the aid of other workers, they reportedly shunned the consequences and stuck to the council boss.

It was further learnt that the career officers were receiving their salaries as and when due, apart from their shares from the illegal money from the council allocations to the detriment of other staffers.

A source told this medium that the administration of the council area had tactically been moved to the local government staff quarters, where the council boss and the career officers were perfecting their shady deals.

It would be recalled that it was reported in one of the previous editions of this medium that the council boss recently issued dud cheques to staff members of the health workers department of the council, after which they were returned by the bank, where the staff members had gone to receive their salaries.

It was also reported in one of the subsequent editions that the council boss deliberately refused to pay workers’ salaries, a situation that forced the employees to be running helter-skelter to feed their families.

It was however learnt that the council boss was nursing an ambition of securing a seat in the state House of Assembly, a situation that had reportedly forced him to be desperately looking for money whether legal or illegal to pursue his election.

By kazeem mohammed

Osun Adamant On Judicial Workers’ Demand

•Aims To Frustrate Tribunal Sittings

FOR those awaiting different courts’ pronouncements on their cases, especially those remanded in prison custody for one offence or the other, the road to getting justice to put an end to their ordeal seems to be getting farther with the on-going strike embarked upon by the judicial workers in the state.

In its usual tradition of playing politics with everything, including issues that are paramount to the welfare of the citizenry, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led administration under Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola in Osun State had decided not to succumb to the demands of the striking workers of the judiciary arm of government in the state.

Recent findings of series of investigations conducted by OSUN DEFENDER have revealed that chieftains of the ruling party in the state recently met at the party secretariat in Osogbo, the state capital on the need to prevail on the state governor, who is also the party leader, not to yield to any of the striking workers’ demands.

According to a source at the meeting, the PDP chieftains had premised their reasons on the need to utilize the strike as an instrument of ensuring the indefinite postponement of the retrial tribunal sittings.

The source revealed that it was in the opinion of the party chieftains that should the governor turns down the demands of the striking judicial workers, the tribunal would be left with no other choice than to adjourn its sittings indefinitely till when the strike action would be called off.

To this end, a delegation comprising party leaders was dispatched to meet with Oyinlola with a view to prevailing on the governor not to yield to the striking workers’ demands until such a time the morale of members and supporters of opposition political parties would be waning.

The ruling party chieftains were also gathered to have reasoned that should the plans to delay the governor’s approval of the striking workers’ demands work out, the party’s plan to hold on to power indefinitely would have been achieved to a greater extent.

At the meeting with the governor, the party leaders in the state were reported to have stated their mission fully with Oyinlola reportedly supporting the idea fully and promising to hold the striking workers on a tight-leash by not acceding to their demands with a view to ensuring indefinite suspension of the tribunal sittings.

It would be recalled that the state judicial workers, like their counterparts across the country, have embarked on the on-going industrial action to press home their demands for improved condition of service, while the Federal Government had mandated each of the states across the country to individually negotiate with their workers.

The refusal of the state judicial workers to resume for work as a result of Osun State government refusal to yield to their demands had resulted into untold hardship for many whose cases are pending in various courts in the state in addition to the inability of the retrial tribunal to sit on its adjourned date.

By SOLA JACOBS

Letter to the editor

letter to the editorI salute the courage of the entire members of editorial team of your medium for the works you are doing, may the Almighty God protect you from the evil plans of the oppressors of the masses in Osun State .

I write to remind the lords of our time of the law of Karma, which usually catches up with those that wield their over-bearing influence to the detriment of the weak ones.

I sincerely give all due respect to the judiciary, which today happens to be the only arm of government, the masses look up to for their liberation from the shackles of the bourgeoisies of our nation. At least, the powerful Prisoner Bode George is now a star prisoner in this same country, where he wielded enomours power that even Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the then president could not call him to order.

Karma has finally caught up with the garrulous Lagos Boy, whose dream of delivering the nation’s mega city to the occultic PDP could only materialize in kirikiri maximum prison.

Also, the law of karma appears to be circling round our own prodigal and pro Abacha Senator Iyiola Omisore, whose election had just been nullified by the Court of Appeal. I believe by now, his camp and the PDP in Osun State would have started outlining plans on how to launch another series of attacks on the people, rather than campaigning their way into the chamber of the senate.

Someone should inform the blood-thirsty Omisore and the PDP that if the people seem to have surrendered their hope, due to their weakness, karma knows no one, neither will it inform anyone of its visitation just like it happened to Tafa Balogun (former IGP) and his godfather, Prisoner George.

I seriously beckoned on Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola to x-tray his activities since 2005 to date and look ahead where he would be when the law of karma come calling, especially with the election petitions retrial tribunal in Osun State moving closer to concluding the case before it.

The question is, would Oyinlola be bold enough to continue to live in Osun State should Engineer Rauf Aregbesola be declared the rightful winner of the election?

If the almighty Bode George could become a prisoner in Nigeria , the Bragging Senator Omisore, sacked from the senate, I think Oyinlola and his allies should be on their heels, because karma is on the loose and no one would be spared in the new war against the oppressors of the masses.

I finally beckon on the non-repenting PDP chieftains in the country to always look-over their shoulders for karma is on the loose!

•Ibikunle Isiaka, Oke-Ayo Area, Osogbo, Osun State.

Innocent Blood To Wet The Ground No More

The need has arisen to avoid and avert one universal doom which neither the rich nor the poor can escape. The learned, the-not-so-learned and the illiterate must work assiduously to avoid yet another bloodshed. Our society is not lacking in the stock of the admired and the abhorred, the old and the vibrant young who are to ensure all important racial continuity: all must not be allowed to sink in one common ruin that may calamitously consume, if sitting on the fence is considered as an option. Dugbe dugbe to n bo loke, to ba lo jabo, kii se oro enikan. Nitorinaa, e je ka fura.

Two events had followed themselves in quick succession that really require that we stand alert with all being all eyes. Slackness may turn a mission of suicide, if those events are responded to with levity as it happened in the past.That is the reason I feel obliged to set everybody with the feeling of urgency. Actually, this is not a time when silence can put on a golden toga because people may suffer deadly blows from our adversaries who pose as political leaders in the contemporary dispensation.

It is no longer news that the appeal court that adjudicated on the case taken before it by the Action Congress (AC) senatorial candidate for Ife/Ijesa zone has sacked the erstwhile Senator Iyiola Omisore from the position he fraudulent snatched from the real winner of the election, Barrister Babajide Omoworare. What is of importance to the people of Osun now is the likely fall-out of the verdict, which was a little below expectation.

No doubt, the legal team of the candidate (Omoworare) did real yeoman’s job in convincing the appeal court judges that their client was wrongly denied the mandate given to him by the people of his senatorial district through perfect connivance with the Independent National Electoral Commission which announced Omisore as the winner, the verdict fell shot of expectation by the order of a rerun instead of an outright declaration of the petitioner as the winner. All the same, we have God to thank for not allowing the verdict to go hundred per cent the way of Iyiola Omisore, which would have prompted the people to once again say “God go judge”. As we know God’s judgment does not always come handy, and nobody dare question Him for doing things His own way.

From the look of things, it is obvious that Iyiola Omisore has something up his sleeve, and from all indications, it may not be so palatable for the people he claimed to be leading or that he desires to lead. We all saw what happened in Ile-Ife during the April 2007 elections which led to the termination of at least one life. Omisore is quite aware that people are not oblivious of his bulldozing prowess when it comes to achieving a goal. The dust is yet unclear about the circumstances surrounding the death of our own uncle Bola Ige who meritoriously stepped into the shoes of the late Sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo in continuation of the emancipation project which most Awoists have lived for, except those who disguise as such, whose true colours have shown to the glares of keen watchers of events in our midst.

It is on record that Iyiola Omisore has the flare to portray himself in a larger than life posture, worse than the renowned SERUBAWON of the third republic. He considers himself as being above the law, and someone who cannot be restricted through man made laws and rules that often guide human conducts and principles. It is evergreen event in people’s memory that when Iyiola Omisore was the Deputy Governor to the former action Governor Bisi akande, he dared his boss by converting his personal cars into official use, carrying official number plates on them. Of course those personal cars turned official were more expensive and were objects of intimidation as if they were designed to force words out of Chief Bisi Akande who was always busy with the thought of turning the foturnes of Osun State around.

By Omisroe’s nature, he does not let go easily. The moment he sees anybody competing with him or trying to cross his path, he goes extra mile to show that rare ingenuity he possesses. This is the best considered asset of Omisore that the People’s Democratic Party found handy before he was wooed into their fold. They invested heavily on him by way of subjugating popular will that eventually earned him a senatorial seat in the upper chamber of the National Assembly. People in Ile Ife turned this to a slogan that the fear of Omisore is the beginning of wisdom. He sees the no evil in all he does to ensure inordinate ascendancy, yet he experimentally flies like moths into its blaze without shuddering, irrespective of what divine arrangement is violated, or what pillars of commonwealth are pulled down. What horrifies a compassionate mind is a delight as a game as if everything ends here on the planet earth.

The people in the Peoples Democratic Party derive great joy and delight as they laugh at evil’s fooleries, not regarding the direful doom it may bring or contemplate the punishment in eternal reprisal. He who kills by the sword shall surely die by the sword: this reality will soon dawn on those who regard killing, maiming and raping as pastime. It is in their midst that the unseemly principle whereby the servant, who is supposed to serve his people is exalted above his master holds sway.

The residents of Osogbo, Osun State capital and the passers-by will not forget in a hurry the experience they had as a result of the deviant behaviour displayed by a man whose height betrayed him in an attempt to stand like a colossus. The veracity of the usual saying that a short fellow always seek for identity by being talkative expressly came to the fore.

There is no doubt that the sacked Senator Iyiola Omisore is physically the shortest man amongst those who have already picked the intent form for gubernatorial ambition in Osun State within the infamous P.D.P. He has equally caused negative stirs than any of his co-contestants for the coveted seat of the governor in Osun State . He announced his arrival in Osogbo, the state capital that penultimate week with serious traffic pains that he inflicted on the populace. I had forgotten a very important article at home that fateful day that I had to rush home to fetch it when, on returning to my office I found myself in a serious traffic jam. I initially mistook the scene for accident’s because everything was at a stand still. I managed to pack my vehicle in a nearby compound so that I could alight to get the true picture of what was amiss. I was greeted with complaints from those who either wanted to travel out of town or were embarking on intra-city routes. I was told that it was the then senator Iyiola Omisore that caused the traffic hold-up. Many people were affected in so many ways and the extent of each person’s portion of the nuisance that was constituted determined the intensity of grievance expression. One man was so bitter that he started raining curses on those responsible for his plight: he was rushing to get the next commercial vehicle going to Ile-Ife from Osogbo to enable him attend an important interview. The situation was so tensed that the cyclists could not be allowed easy operations. Many people who could not afford the delay got down from their different vehicles (especially the commercial vehicle commuters) and started bargaining with their feet.

Conservatively, more than five hundred vehicles (commercial and party’s) were involved in the entourage of the embattled sacked senator; all filled with individuals with ASO EBI which, I believe, must have been bought for them by the man who had only come to Osogbo to merely show his intention to pick a form that will allow him to contest for the party ticket before facing other contestants from the opposition parties at a later date which is known only to God who enthrones and dethrones, with His whims as the yardstick which no man can have any iota of determination over.

That day, I was seriously bothered. My concern was not as a result of my being unable to take my car right to the office. It is not even because so many people were demobilized by reason of naked display of absolute insensitivity. I was concerned about what confidence was at play that prompted the hire of that large number of vehicles. As a senator of the federal republic representing Ife/Ijesa federal constituency, how many constituency projects has he executed? What democracy dividends has he bequeathed that really brought joy into homes and families? How many bills has he initiated in the senate of the Federal Republic that have impacted positively on the nation as a whole and Osun State in particular and that had gladdened the people he was then representing? How has he aided the economic revolution of the state that is already comatose under the impostor Governor Oyinlola? Many other questions are begging for answers that time and space may not permit in this piece. It is however clear that since 2007 when Omisore wangled his way into the senate; no federal presence has been felt at any level.Not even when the state has been dragged fraudulently into their mainstream calculation.

There was a reported case of display of insanity in front of Aregbesola campaign office. Accordingly, Shittu Okanjua as he is fondly called actually displayed the stuff he is made of as he led some miscreants to stand still before Aregbesola campaign office, throwing up sachet water ostensibly to cause chaos if there was any spontaneous reaction from the people in the office in response to the abusive songs they were chanting.

It is certain that with the condemnation that is daily heralding Oyinlola into his Abere office at Bola Ige house due to non-performance, that of Omisore is bound to be worse if Osun people will open their eyes and see Omisore (or any PDP person for that matter) have his way into the seat of power again even after Aregbesola must have completed his terms in office. If the wanton profligacy of Omisore has been reduced by half while in office as a senator, the people of Ife/Ijesa zone would have been better off remarkably.

I am sure that the embattled Iyiola Omisore is a wounded individual now. His ego is surely at stake just as his finances and political pedigree have been seriously battered. Hence, he will be bottling some evil desires and intentions up within at the moment. I am also sure that INEC will also be hasty in their decision to have a rerun because the person involved is their partner in oddity whom they will want to aid back into the office at all cost.

I feel concerned because this is my state. I am more concerned because the ground of contest is my constituency which must not be turned into a battle ground. The bloods of innocent people have been shed in the past because PDP wanted to win elections at all cost. The mother earth of Ife/Ijesa requires blood no more- not of those who want to exercise their rights of franchise. The PDP chairman in Osun State has adjudged the Egbedore rerun election as free and fair and so they will want to have a repeat of such. A repeat of such is a call to chaos and upheaval. It is a call to insurrectionary response from the majority who are thirsty for a change in the present form and structure.

People’s dominant will must prevail for there to be peace in our land. Enough of foisted hegemony, enough of a rule by default. Those who make peaceful change impossible are definitely calling for inevitable violent change which embers may sweep away those who are hell bent in perpetrating minority rule in our land. He that has ears, let him hear what warning is doled out to the recalcitrant.

Ade Olugbotemi

AC Berates PDP Over Destruction Of Aregbe’s Billboard

AFTEROsun State Chapter of Action Congress (AC) has said that the destruction of Aregbesola’s billboard s was a manifestation and attestation of the political intolerance of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

A statement signed by the AC’s Director of Research and Strategy, Honourable Sunday Akere, stated that the destruction of Aregbesola’s billboards showed the desperation of the PDP to attack the AC touchbearer whenever he physically appears in the state.

The statement, which was made available to OSUN DEFENDER in Osogbo on Thursday also condemned the statement of the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Mr Lasisi Olagunju, which said Aregbesola was using the billboard to campaign for 2011 governorship election.

According to the statement, Olagunju’s statement was a delusion, saying that the message on the billboards was clear and not a campaign message.

It would be recalled that two bill boards bearing the picture of Aregbesola, which were erected at Oja-Oba and Ola-Iya junction, were destroyed by some political hoodlums, who were said to be loyalists of the PDP, last Wednesday.

The destruction of the billboard had generated ripples and controversies among members of the two parties, just as loyalists of the AC rained curses on those who destroyed the billboards.

Maintaining that the conduct of the PDP was not unexpected, the statement described the party as the party of intolerant souls.

It said: “Prior to 2007 election, the PDP had been showing its intolerance by defacing and tearing Aregbesola’s billboards. We expected them to have mature, but they have refused to change”.

The statement refuted the claim of the Commissioner for Environment, Mr Sule Adio, who said that Aregbesola and his party did not pay and follow due process before erecting the billboards.

According to the statement, a chieftain of the party visited the office of the commissioner five times but was not given audience.

It also revealed how the representative of the party, who was at the office of the commissioner, was told that the state government has nothing to do with their money and that they should go and remove the billboards.

In the statement, Akere said: “The love and adoration the people of Osun State have for Aregbesola will never die, no matter what the PDP does to his image or himself.

“Osun people are waiting for actualization and restoration of Aregbesola’s mandate and they remain undaunted in agitating for good governance”.

By ismail usman

Council Boss Seizes Workers’ Salaries

ILLEGAL diversion of public funds into personal pockets, which had allegedly been the trends in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led administration of Osun State seems to be having continuous trickle down effect on the workers of Ifelodun Local Government Council Area of the state, as the sacked chairman of the council area, Mr Sarafadeen Awotunde was reported to have refused to pay the last two months’ salaries of health and medical workers in the council area and the new health workers’ allowances.

It would be recalled that it was reported in one of the previous editions of this medium that the council boss allegedly issued dud cheques to the workers for the month of June, 2009, a situation that forced the bank, which the council workers were directed to, to dishonour the cheques and wrote ‘caution notes’ on each of them.
It was learnt that the authority of the concerned bank (name withheld) subsequently went to the chairman and informed him that there was no money in the council’s account, a situation that took the workers a longer period of time before they were able to receive their salaries for the month of June.
Meanwhile, earlier, the state governor was reported to have, through a circular letter, dated April 16, 2009, with reference number AD609/Vol 11/5 directed the council boss to look into the matters, with a view to clearing the outstanding salaries of the workers.

Despite the late payment of salaries of the workers for the month of June, it was learnt that the workers had run into another trouble with the council boss, as their salaries for the month of July and August were also not paid.

OSUN DEFENDEER further gathered that when the Excess Crude Oil funds for the council was released for the month of July and August respectively, the council made a request to the state Ministry of Establishment to clear the outstanding salary of the workers for the two months and other debts and the request was granted.
Despite the approval from the state government, it was further gathered that the council boss only released the salary of the workers for the month of July, while that of August was reportedly still hanging in the hand of the council boss.

When the workers could no longer stand the rigour of the non-payment of their salaries, they made a move to appeal to the council boss to fast-track the payment of their salaries, a situation that forced them to approach some political and opinion leaders in the council area to appeal to the council boss.

It was then gathered that all the appeals made to the council boss by the leaders fell on his deaf ears, leading to suspicions that the salaries in dispute might have been diverted into the personal pocket of the sacked council boss.

When the first move made by the workers could not yield any result, they adopted their second option by sending delegates to the family house of the council boss on October 5, 2009 with a view to prevailing on him to pay their outstanding salaries.

The following day, it was gathered that the council boss summoned the Head of the Department and started lambasting him for sending delegates to his family house to prevail on him.

As at the time of filing this report on Friday, it was learnt that the August salaries of the health and medical workers in the council area, were yet to be paid.

One of the concerned workers, who spoke to OSUN DEFENDER under the condition of anonymity, alleged that the failure of the council boss to pay their salaries was a way of indirectly punishing the workers; he therefore, appealed to concerned citizens and the governor of the state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola to intervene.

By KAZEEM MOHAMMED

Osun Political Struggle Is For Liberation – AC Chieftain

THE current political struggle in Osun State has been described as an effort by the Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate, Engr Rauf Aregbesola to liberate the state from a civilian dictators.

This was stated by an AC chieftain, Chief Solomon Ogundola in Osogbo, the state capital during a chat with OSUN DEFENDER on Thursday.

According to him, the insinuation being made by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the AC and its candidate were desperate to rule the state, only showed that it (PDP) wants to continue its sit- tight in the state against the people’s will.

He added that Aregbesola’s, who in he described as the symbol of the struggle, was only interested in improving the economy of the state.

Speaking on the election petition at the tribunal, Chief Ogundola disclosed that the startling revelations, especially with regards to numbers of ballot papers from units in Ile-Ife, were astonishing.

He further stated that with the way things were being exposed daily at the tribunal, coupled with the commitment of the members of the panel, the party was optimistic that justice would be done.

Advising politicians, the elderly party chief urged them to always strive to have a good legacy rather than seeking material gains to the determent of the electorate.

He also charged young politicians to emulate Aregbesola who he described as highly principled, God-fearing and hard working, who always discourages greed.

Furthermore, he urged the masses to always be wary of politicians and political parties they vote for in future elections.

He then called on the masses to continue to pray for the success of Aregbesola’s petition, as well as divine guidance for the members of the tribunal.

By SHINA ABUBAKAR