By GBENGA ARIYIBI
Ado-Ekiti— GOVERNORS of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN- controlled states in the South-West, yesterday, rose in defence of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State over the allegation of planning to islamise the state and secede from Nigeria.
They declared that Gov. Aregbesola breached no portion of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The ACN governors argued that Aregbesola should not be crucified for his peculiar administrative style of conducting the affairs of the state.
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the South-West has been at the forefront against Gov. Aregbesola over the alleged islamisation and secession agenda.
Speaking through Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, ACN governors claimed PDP had chosen to demonise Aregbesola to cripple his government and foment crisis in Osun State in particular and the South- West Zone in general.
Fayemi, in the statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olayinka Oyebode, said ACN governors had observed with concern the highly-orchestrated campaign of calumny by the opposition against Aregbesola.
According to the statement, “The crudity of the various allegations against the Osun State governor has become quite worrisome, especially with the tendency for unsuspecting members of the public to believe the falsehood that is being peddled by PDP in the bid to foment crisis in Osun State, in particular and the South-West geo-political zone in general.
“Thus, we can no longer keep quiet and watch as these court jesters destroy the peace and progress that is fast taking root in the region. It is important to state with every sense of responsibility that the allegations against Gov. Aregbesola are not only spurious, they smack of a poorly scripted plot aimed at painting him in a scurrilous light and then cripple his government.
”At best, those allegations are unwarranted and constitute an avoidable distraction to the governor’s efforts at taking the state out of the doldrums which they plunged the state in the first place.
“It is rather unfortunate that at this critical stage of our democratic development when all hands should be on deck for the social-economic, industrial and infrastructural development of the country, all that interest these charlatans is childish witch-hunting of Gov. Aregbesola, a development that has consistently heated up the polity in the past few weeks.
‘Stop persecuting Aregbesola’
“Gov. Aregbesola, no doubt, is entitled to his own style of relating to nemesis of the opposition in the state and the South West. He does not have to be friendly with those he regards as destroyers of the culture of decency and honour to which Yorubaland has long been associated.
”We say no to this pull him down syndrome and the idea of battling with bull shit, those we could not dazzle with brilliance, or those whose brilliance we cannot match. This must stop.
”We are guided by the constitution of the country and Gov. Aregebsola has not breached any provision of this constitution. We will not take kindly to unwarranted and unjust persecution of the governor or any citizen of the country for that matter, including the traducers who cannot lay claim to any positive development in the states they illegally administered in comparison to the positive development Osun State is currently witnessing.”