By Lere Olayinka

A Yoruba Socio-Cultural organisation, the Omoluabi Group has described President Goodluck Jonathan's comment that the Southwest was too important to be ruled by rascals as appropriate, saying; “Even though the president did not specifically mention anyone in his comment, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and its leaders have demonstrated through their foul-mouthed reactions that they are indeed rascals.”

President Jonathan had said while addressing crowd of supporters at the campaign ground of Mapo Hall in Ibadan that; “I can assure you that we will take back Lagos, Ekiti and Osun; we will control the entire South-West. The entire South-West is too important too sophisticated and educated to be in the hands of rascals.”

While throwing its weight behind the president, the Omoluabi Group, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye said; “There is no other words with which people who emerged as governors through fraudulent means can be described other than rascals.”

He said with their uncouth reactions to the president's statement, the ACN people have further justified that they are born propagandists and men of low integrity, adding that; “Mr. President cannot be blamed for saying the obvious about a party that parades serial document forgers and governors who got into office through black market judicial victories.”

His words; “In Yorubaland, the concept of Omoluabi is well defined. An Omoluabi is an honest, upright and hardworking person, who is always conscious of his father's name and won't for any reason seek to achieve anything through dubious means. But can this be said of the so-called ACN governors in Ekiti and Osun States? Definitely no!

“It is on record that Fayemi, through his legal counsel forged an affidavit in the name of Late Adrian Forty while Aregbesola forged the Police Report with which he obtained favourable judgment in his case against Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola. He (Aregbesola) was only saved from going to jail by the controversial Appeal Court judgment that used votes of 20 out of 30 Local Councils to make him governor.

“Again, can a group of people, who tricked aspirants into parting with their hard earned money as nomination fees only for them to be told that the party tickets had been handed to wives, children, in-laws, friends and concubines of some of the party leaders be regarded as Omoluabi?

“It is even more laughable that the ACN Spokesperson, Mr Lai Mohammed in demonstrating his crass hypocrisy about happenings in Ekiti and Osun States since the ACN's fraudulent take-over of government said Governors Kayode Fayemi and Rauf Aregbesola were already restoring hope to the people.

“Perhaps, he (Mohammed) chose to close his eyes and mind to the blood-letting, deceit, fraud, executive rascality, thuggery and other anti-democratic acts that had been perpetrated in Ekiti since Fayemi bought his way to the government house.

“In Ekiti, Chief Adeleye Awolumate and Makanju Omoniyi were murdered in broad daylight while a pregnant civil servant, Adeola Akanni was slaughtered like a goat before she was rescued half-dead.

“Chairman of the ACN, Mr. Jide Awe was not even spared in their display of rascality in Ekiti. He was assaulted right inside the party secretariat by the party thugs.

“Yet, these low-minded people are assaulting our president for telling them exactly what they are.”

While urging President Jonathan not to be deterred by the outbursts of the ACN, Adeyeye said; “Mr. President has said the obvious, it is left for the ACN people to retrace their steps and begin to seek penitence with a view to getting back into the Omoluabi's fold.”