Prominent chiefs in the Ede community of Osun state have accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola of trying to cause disaffection in the state.
The chiefs said Aregbesola is encouraging the people of Osogbo community to take part of the land that belongs to Ede.
Representatives of the community also accused the Osun Governor of harbouring a grudge against them.
According to Punch, the National Vice-President of the Federation Council of Ede Descendants Union, Chief Moshood Adeleke, said “This is the crux of the matter and this is why we are calling the attention of the general public to the decision of the Osun State government to ignite the suppressed tension in the state through its obnoxious and biased decision to annex a large part of Ede-North Local Government Area to Osogbo in disregard of the consequence of such a volatile policy.
“Therefore, Ede community views the directive as a slap on our collective integrity and an attempt to personally cause confusion and tension in the state. More so, such a draconian directive has never been implemented since 1991 when Osun was created. It does more harm than good.”
The people of Ede community also vowed to resist any attempt by the Governor to annex their land.
They also alleged that Aregbesola is trying to victimise, punish and frustrate the people of Ede community for no reason.
Adeleke also added that “It is also very unconstitutional for Mr. Governor to have attempted to annex part of Ede North Local Government to Osogbo Local Government. There is nowhere in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, which empowers Mr. Governor to arbitrarily put part of a local government to another. An attempt to do this is a total violation of the constitution and a breach of the law.”
Osun State lawmakers on Monday, August 8, 2016 said they are going through hell due to the financial challenges the state is facing.