IF not for determination to damn the consequence, the security report, as touching the presence of the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola at the 70th birthday of the Action Congress (AC) national chairman, Chief Bisi Akande was not favourable.
OSUN DEFENDER learnt that the organizer of the programme did not even extend an invitation to the state helmsman, because he might not be comfortable at a birthday that would later turn to an AC carnival, but the governor, who was hell-bent in making a statement reportedly bullied his way through the helpless celebrant.
Findings revealed that when it was clear that the former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the Osun State AC torch bearer in the 2007 election, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola would be there, the organizer, mainly from the Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) arrived at a conclusion that Oyinlola’s presence did not worth it.
But with a rugged determination to be there, Oyinlola put a call through to the celebrant, seeking to have invitation, for he has it in mind to be present at the occasion, in honour of the former governor.
Initially, the septuagenarian politician referred him (governor) to the organizers, saying that he was not in the know on how they (organizers) were arranging the whole thing; but later changed his mind (Akande) when Oyinlola reported his frustration to get through to the organizers.
It was learnt that it was Akande himself on a compassionate ground that secured an invitation card for the determined Oyinlola.
According to an investigation conducted by OSUN DEFENDER, Oyinlola’s desperation to attend the birthday programme was that the embattled governor wanted a photograph where himself, Tinubu and Aregbesola would embrace one another, so as to fly the kite in the media for the attention of the Court of Appeal that they (feuding parties) have found a political solution to the petition before the court subconsciously.
However, the governor’s antic nearly failed him, when he came to the reception and the AC supporters started shouting ‘Oyin o, ebi O’ (meaning Oyinlola, we are hungry), but it was Chief Akande and Tinubu that saved the day, as some people were about to unleash their anger against the embattled state helmsman.
Another uncontrollable humiliation for the governor was when the fuji maestro, Alhaji Wasiu Ayinde was singing praises of Aregbesola, a situation that brought some lashes to the spiral body of Oyinlola.
Before Oyinlola left, he, in company of the Lagos State Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) went to Tinubu, but as the Asiwaju of Lagos was raising his hands to stop him, Oyinlola quickly hugged him and made the photographs to appear in some newspapers the following day.
Besides, an impeccable source had earlier confided in OSUN DEFENDER that, Oyinlola managed to swallow his pride, when he called Tinubu to enquire when he might arrive at Osogbo, Osun State capital, saying that he wanted to host him before leaving for the birthday ceremony.
Information has it that Tinubu unequivocally rebuffed the gesture, saying that Oyinlola could not host him because he was not a sitting governor.
By GOKE BUTIKA