Osun Election Petition: Gov. Oyinlola, Sen. Omisore Deploy N15 Billion Bribe For Appeal Court Judges
A massive bribery scheme to stall and thwart the cause of justice at the court of appeal sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital over the governorship election petition dispute in Osun state has already been perfected and a whooping sum of N15 billion deployed in three installments last week to bribe three members of the five man panel of the appeal court judges.
iReports-ng.com can authoritatively report that the executioner of the bribery scheme is an appeal court judge, Justice Jimi Olukayode Bada who hails from Ile-Ife, Osun state and works at the Abuja division of the appeal court. The sponsors of the scheme are none other than the Osun state governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and his prospective successor, Senator Iyiola Christopher Omisore.
According to investigations by iReports-ng.com, the bribery scheme was arrived at and perfected at a meeting attended by about nine persons in a secret location in Ile-Ife about three weeks ago. Some of those who attended the meeting include Governor Oyinlola, Senator Omisore, Justice Bada, South west national vice chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Tajudeen Oladipo and a former Chief Judge of Oyo and Osun states, retired Justice Adedotun Sijuwade.
At the meeting, Justice Bada of the Appeal court in Abuja was said to have been assigned the responsibility of reaching out to two of his colleagues who are members of the panel hearing the appeal petition of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN governorship candidate in the 2007 election in Osun state, Rauf Aregbesola against the incumbent Governor Oyinlola of the PDP.
The two members being targeted are Justice Garuba Mohammed Lawal and Justice Paul Galinge. The two judges were drafted into the Osun petition panel from the Abuja division of the appeal court where Justice Bada also works. While Justice Sijuwade was said to have provided guidance for the scheme as an old hand in the business, Omisore who is desperate to clinch the governorship seat of the state after Oyinlola is to liaise with Justice Bada in Abuja to ensure the smooth run of the scheme. On his part, Oyinlola who is fighting hard to complete his last four year tenure next May is to work hand in hand with Omisore to provide the princely sum of N15 billion to execute the scheme.
After the meeting, the PDP leader in the south west, Oladipo was said to have briefed the Ogun state governor, Gbenga Daniel who in turn sold a dummy to divert attention from the scheme by sponsoring a cover page story in his newspaper, Compass on Saturday, containing alleged moves by rival ACN to buy judgment from the appeal court panel. They also tried, albeit ignorantly to discredit the President of the court of appeal, Ayo Salami as well as two other members of the panel who they fear may not fall for their own scheme.
Unknown to all the actors in the bribery scheme, security agents were on their trail and had penetrated their Ile-Ife meeting, and worked on the details of the meeting. Efforts to trace the movement of the N15 billion packaged in dollars and deployed in three tranches led to the bugging of two of Justice Bada’s three GSM lines. Two of the Judge’s lines on which his conversations have been taped on the issue are: 08034073301 and 08057593476.
According to an interim security report, the bribery team was yet to get a third member of the appeal panel that will eventually give them a favourable majority judgment since they will need three members of the five member panel to achieve their sinister motive.