The Osun State Progressive Forum (OSPF) urges Osun State Governor Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola to devote more of his energies and efforts at developing the state rather dissipating energies meddling and interfering in political conflicts outside Osun state.
The group in a statement signed by its Convener, Babatope Babalobi says that it is hypocritical and sheer paradox that Governor Oyinlola facilitated a peace meeting between former President Olusegun Obasanjo of the Peoples Democratic Party and his estranged former President Atiku Abubakar of the Action Congress, as well as between former Governor of Ekiti state, Dr Segun Oni, recently sacked by an election petition tribunal and Dr Ayodele Fayose, a former Governor of Ekiti state.
These peace efforts as commendable as they seemed to be are happening at a time when members of the opposition party in Osun state, the Action Congress are alleging political oppression by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, and complaining that Osun State has been turned into a police state.
Osun State Progressive Forum (OSPF) recall specifically that 24 civil activists recently spent several weeks in detention at Ilesha Maximum security prison for protesting the alleged bias of the Justice Thomas Damar Naron led Election petition tribunal that tried the petition brought by the opposition party on the 2007 Governorship elections in the state.
Osun state would have derived more benefits if the State Governor, Prince Oyinlola facilitates such peace initiatives between the opposition parties and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party. We call on the state Governor to peace building and conflict resolution at home before exporting peace to other states.
The Osun State Progressive Forum (OSPF) is also worried that the name of the Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola who facilitated a failed rapprochement between former Governors Segun Oni and Ayodele Fayose is now being mentioned with alleged plans to infiltrate Ekiti state with arms to disrupt and rig forthcoming re run elections in Ekiti state in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party.
These reports are embarrassing to the people of Osun state as they bring the office of the state Governor to disrepute
We believe that the Osun State Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola would not have been associated with this incidence if he has not shown unusual interest in the forthcoming Governorship re run in Ekiti state.
Osun state is one of the most underdeveloped states in Nigeria and we expect its political leaders to devote all its efforts towards transforming the potentialities of the predominantly agrarian state
The group therefore call on the helmsman of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola to be more focussed on programmes to build and develop the state and rather than dissipating energies fence mending political conflicts in other states.