The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State has again demonstrated its crass unpopularity and unacceptability through a petition it sent to the Osun State Commissioner of Police, Mr. John Moronike attempting to stop Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, the Governorship Candidate of the Actiion Congress (AC) in Osun State from appearing at the 2008 Press Week of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Osun State.
The petition dated November 17, 2008 and signed by the State Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Yinka Adeojo alleged that Aregbesola had given money to motorcycle riders and a multi-media agency to station a viewing centre at Olaiya Junction, Osogbo.
It is clear that the PDP is jittery anytime Aregbesola makes public appearances in Osun State because of the run away popularity he enjoys among the populace.
Merely alleging that his visit constituted a threat to the peace of Osun State has exposed the regime of retired Brigadier-General Olagunsoye Oyinlola as massively unpopular, unacceptable, unsung, uncelebrated and unwanted by the electorate whose mandate the PDP stole to remain in power till Oow. We recall that it was immediately after his triumphant entrance into Osogbo last January that the attempt to rope him into the phoney bomb blast was coined and stage-managed.
Why should the PDP resort to raising false alarm and making false claims anytime Aregbesola is visiting Osun State? We have also noticed that as soon as the PDP makes these false claims, the Police swing into action and violate the provisions of the Constitution by advising Aregbesola to stay away from Osun State.
In Ondo. Ekiti, Oyo, Ogun and Delta States where the PDP is in control, opposition figures are not repressed this way neither is the ruling party in the habit of inciting the security against those who are not members of the ruling party. In spite of their political differences, Dr. Kayode Fayemi’s movement has not been curtailed in any way by Governor Segun Oni while Dr. Segun Agagu has not done anything to deliberately curtail the movement of his arch-rival, Dr. Segun Mimiko. The situation is the same across the other PDP-controlled states. Why is it a different story in Osun State?
While he was aspiring for the office of the Governor, Chief Adebisi Akande did not do anything to obstruct the movement of Brigadier-General Oyinlola. It is unthinkable that the PDP and its government in Osun State are deliberately violating the Constitution for narrow political purposes.
We are waiting to see whether the Osun State Police Commissioner, Mr. John Moronike will allow partisanship to dictate his actions or he will rise up to the occasion as an officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with prompt and unbiased implementation of the law.
We however, want to make it clear that any attempt to unlawfully curtail the rights of Aregbesola and other leaders of the opposition in Osun State will be henceforth be discouraged.
By Gbenga Fayemiwo
Media Director to Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, Gubernatorial Candidate of the Action Congress (AC) in Osun State