A former Osun state Deputy Governor and newly-elected national secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Iyiola Omisore has pointedly responded to Professor Wole Soyinka’s direct, unsubstantiated allegation linking him to the murder of Chief Bola Ige.
Omisore, in a statement by his media office, tells Soyinka to ask his cousin and former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who killed Chief Bola Ige.
In the statement, Omisore rebutted claims by Professor Soyinka against him on the unresolved murder made by the Nobel laureate on the heels of his (Omisore’s) emergence as All Progressives Congress, APC national secretary.
Responding to Soyinka that he should not have been elected APC scribe, the former Osun senator said: “As brilliant as Prof Soyinka is…he, no doubt, has no monopoly of wisdom.
“If the courts of the land have vindicated a man..it’s naive of him, after nearly a decade to link Senator Iyiola Omisore, to further search. Civil and criminal law knowledge should tell Prof to ask his cousin; OBJ for the murderer.
“The world is aware of the framing of Senator Iyiola Omisore and his travails and trials facing murder charges and his subsequent acquittal and discharge almost a decade ago by a competent Court of the land. So how come any man, can still refer to him as a possible suspect.
Recalling Soyinka’s adventures in his earlier days and recent political slips, he said: “It is part of history and we are not too young, when we read of him (Prof) too carried a gun into a Radio station- A criminal offence against the state; yet we continue to honour him.
“History has it that the Prof as an undergraduate along with colleagues laid the foundation (Pyrates Fraternity) for today’s cultism in our institutions of higher learning which today has become a cankerworm that is destroying our youths. Yet we still continue to honour him.
“Can we also forget that Prof was appointed the chairman of education summit that gave birth to single uniform for all secondary and primary schools and Opon Imon, during the tenure of Aregesola-Baba kabiru as Governor of Osun state. A failed Education Policy that history will not readily forget. Prof should be careful not to be seen to be trying to defend the interest of his benefactor ( baba kabiru) who appointed him as Chairman of the failed education summit.”
It would be recalled that Omisore and some other suspects were charged with the murder of the former Attorney General of the Federation but acquitted of the charges.
Bola Ige was murdered under the administration of Obasanjo in which he served as Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation.
As of the time he was murdered, Bola Ige was said to have contemplated resigning to throw his hat in the ring for the 2003 presidential election.
The implication, if he had seen the plan through, would have been to run against Obasanjo and deny him of the cervical Southwest votes which Obasanjo did not get in 1999.
Although he won the presidential poll without Southwest as a fresh candidate, losing the same zone as a sitting presudent in 2003 would have been a great political discount to Obasanjo.