UNDERGROUND threats of disgraceful seizure of staff of office from any uncooperative traditional ruler in Osun State are factors responsible for the monarchs’ seeming support for the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola in the state, OSUN DEFENDER can now authoritatively reveal.
A prominent traditional ruler from Osun East Senatorial district, who was also in the public glare some years ago, did a psycho-analysis of the support of the state council of Obas and Chiefs and stated that the public would be agaped to hear that less than twenty percent of the traditional rulers in the state are truly pro-the ruling party.
The monarch who was addressing the conference of traditional and honourary chiefs in his domain, disclosed that the military countenance of Oyinlola, which he claimed is noted in the wickedness of late General Sani Abacha, Nigeria’s maxim dictator, daily conveys to the Obas in the state an omen of brutality that could be unleashed in the direction of open royal confrontation.
He stated that monarchs are concerned about the security of their tenure and dignity of their offices, adding that traditional rulers in the state under the present political dispensation feign loyalty to the ruling party and governor “to avoid harassment from the state political jobbers and eventual dethronement.
“If you are not pretending support for them, then know that you cannot move around freely without fear of sudden harassment and attack from the PDP official thugs and brigands. One or two traditional rulers that people know as anti-Oyinlola government have cultivated self-restriction to their jurisdiction and it is their subjects that erect a protective fort around them,” the monarch revealed.
The monarch noted that the pretension of the state’s Council of Obas and Chiefs has made over sixty percent of the council members willing collaborators in the perpetration of the official oppression and intimidation of the opposition political parties is the state.
He said the wanton political interference in the traditional affairs in the form of creation and upgrading of traditional rulers, control of chieftaincy affairs and resolution of chieftaincy disputes by Oyinlola, had reportedly made the monarchs in the state chicken-hearted, unable to insulate themselves from partisan political activities of the state.
– By ISAAC OLUSESI