OSUN: GROUPS PROTEST AGAINST AREGBESOLA'S ALLEGED IMPEACHMENT PLOT
By Gbenga Olarinoye
OSOGBO—Thousands of activists led by the United Action for Democracy, UAD, Justice Now Foundation, JNF, Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, and Youth Solidarity, YS, yesterday marched through the major streets of Osogbo, the Osun State capital protesting the alleged plans by the Senate President David Mark and Senator Iyiola Omisore to instigate members of the State House of Assembly to impeach Governor Rauf Aregbesola who is barely one month old in office.
The protest which began at the Oke-Fia roundabout near the Government House Annexe at about 8.30 a.m. was led by Comrades Waheed Lawal and Wale Balogun passed through Alekuwodo area to Olaiya Roundabout to the Aregbesola campaign office where they delivered their addresses and denounced the alleged plan to impeach the new Governor.
As they moved round the state capital, they chanted anti-Mark, Omisore and other chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, songs for conceiving the plan.
One of the fliers titled 'PDP, Omisore are enemies of Osun', alleged that Omisore and PDP 'have started mobilising and recruiting our youths to make Osun State ungovernable for the people's Governor, Aregbesola. We must and should collectively say an everlasting bye-bye to power marauders which PDP, Omisore, Oyinlola, Oyedokun and others represent'.
The fliers produced by UAD also alleged that enemies of good governance had 'hatched an evil plan to destabilise our state in 2011 just because the court returned power to Aregbesola whom we voted for.'
The pamphlets circulated by the Justice Now Foundation, JNF, and the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, titled 'Enough is Enough' warned Senator Omisore 'to stop insulting our collective sense of responsibility, fairness, decency, morality and justice'.
'We have read and watched with deep consternation how the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Otunba Iyiola Omisore has been making uncomplimentary remarks against the Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola in an uncouth manner while also disparaging the Nigeria's Temple of Justice over the landmark judgment that restored the mandate of April 14, 2007 gubernatorial poll to the rightful winner'. the protesters added