Sequel to the nullification of the December 15, 2007 local government polls in Osun State by the Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, last Thursday and the insistence of the 30 local government bosses and their councillors not to vacate their seats, opposition parties in the state have accused the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of promoting anarchy in the state.
Some of the sacked local government chairmen and their supporters were reported to have invaded their secretariats with dangerous weapons, attacking opposition members, members of transport unions and innocent citizens of the state.
Reacting to the actions of the sacked Peoples Democratic Party chairmen, the Action Congress (AC) in Osun State stated that the reaction of the PDP to the court judgment has exposed the party as one that has no respect for the rule of law.
The party’s Director of Research and Strategy, Mr Sunday Akere added that the court ruling was a clear warning to usurpers and interlopers in the state’s political landscape, adding that bad times await those believed to be cutting corners and buying justice.
Akere further condemned the position of the PDP in the state, claiming to have applied for a stay of execution of the judgment at the Supreme Court, describing it as “naïve and shallow’ since the litigation is between the opposition parties under the aegis of Alliance of Collaborating Political Parties (ACPP) and OSSIEC and not against the PDP.
He also argued that the sacked local government bosses and their councillors have no rights to remain at their various offices until the motion has been argued and approved by the apex court.
The AC chieftain further urged the former local government chairmen to handover officially to their Directors of Personnel Management, as anything contrary to this would amount to flouting the constitution of the land.
He also called on the state police command to identify and bring to justice those PDP thugs who unleashed terror on members of the public, which led to the hospitalization of one person at Ita-Olokan junction in the state capital recently.
Akere also charged the State House of Assembly to rise up to the defence of the nation’s nascent democracy, saying that the legislators should not be cowed to allow the PDP’s insubordination to the rule of law.
However, investigations revealed that the state government was working on constituting an impromptu OSSIEC, so as to enable it file a motion at the apex court, knowing full well that it is only the dissolved body that has the right to file such motion.
A source closed to the state legislature’s speaker’s office, disclosed to OSUN DEFENDER that some principal officers of the House are putting in all efforts to ensure that they cajole the Action Congress lawmakers into approving an all PDP-constituted OSSIEC immediately to rescue the party from political oblivion.
By SHINA ABUBAKAR