By Ola Ajayi
FORMER Governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Lamidi Adesina, has alleged that it was the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, that advised President Goodluck JonathanÂ not to pay homage to the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana during his visit, penultimate week.
Alhaji Adeshina told newsmen thatÂ ObasanjoÂ started the desecration of the traditional institution when in 2007, he stormed into the city without paying due regard to the monarch.
â€œInformation available to me has it that the President took to the advice of former President Obasanjo who was the first to carry our such affront against the first class ruler in 2007 and this was again repeated in active connivance with Governor Alao-Akala this time to desecrate the tradition of the land. This attitude, under whatever guise, must not repeat itself,â€ Adesina warned.
Asks IGP to probe Assembly’s crisis
The former governor called on the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ogbonna Onovo, to probe the recent crisis in the State House of Assembly where nine lawmakers plotting the removal of the Speaker, Mr. Moruf Atilola were attacked.
According to him, the call became necessary in view of the alleged role played by the members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers and the State police command in the heavily rigged 2007 election.
Alhaji Adesina said, â€œwe are all aware of the danger posed by the leadership of the Transport Workers Union led by Eleweomo and another notorious young man called â€˜Auxiliaryâ€™ to the peace of the State. They commit crime with impunity simply because the present administration patronize them for political mischief and violence during elections. For sanity to reign during the 2011 election, he asks the IG to bring them to book before more havoc could befall our society as a result of their alleged criminal tendencies which were replicated recently at the House of Assembly premises.â€
Wants Akala to give account of sales of govt propertes
Continuing, he challenged Governor Alao-Akala to furnish the public with the details of alleged illegal sales of government properties, particularly in Ibadan, by his administration with a view to allowing the public know the rationale behind the exercise done with utmost secrecy.
â€œAlthough, the present administration in Oyo State has destroyed virtually all the legacy it inherited from its predecessors in choice properties as these were sold to the governor himself or few of his political godfathers and friends at ridiculous price, we demand an explanation so that the public would know the justification for this action, if any.
This also leads us to a demand for the governor to explain how over N250billion he got from federal allocations since 2007 has been utilized in comparison with projects claimed to have been financed by the governmentâ€, he alleged.