By Akeeb Alarape, Osogbo
A group, the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS) has dragged Governor Rauf Aregbesola before the United Nations (UN), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), United Kingdom (UK) and the United State of America (USA).
Specifically, they alleged a move by the state government to repeal laws relating to democratic system in local government areas of the state as well as what it considers as illegal diversion of local government funds.
The group had earlier written a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly on the anti-democratic posture of Aregbesola which has seriously had negative impact on the lives of the people of the State.
Chairman of the group, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman signed the letter titled, â€œReport of repeal of democratic system in the third tier of government and illegal diversion of 30 local governments monthly funds by Osun State governor, Mr. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola.
In it, CSCEOS stated that the action of the governor portends grave danger for sustainability of the hard earned democracy not only in the state but also in the country.
â€œWe are constrained to write your good office as one of the federating unit of Nigeria that belongs to the United Nations (UN) for urgent intervention in our democratic life as universally acceptable system of government because the office of the Executive President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Muhamamdu Buhari (rtd) and the anti-graft agencies had yet to bring out their report on the illegality of our State Governor,Mr. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola in the suspension of democratic system in the 30 local government areas of the State as well as illegal diversion of monthly Local Government funds of the affected council areas, upon receiving our protest letters on the subject matter since all this while.
â€œHaving understood the effort of the member countries of the United Nations (UN) to ensure that democracy as the best form of government is adopted by the membersâ€™ country in all their federating units in consonance with the General Provisions part 1(2) of the Nigeria 1999 Constitution as amended and United Nations Charterâ€.
The letter further reads thus: â€œOsun people, in respect of their political and religious affiliations, totally rejected the illegal suspension of democratic structure and continuing diversion of the funds accruable to the Local Government areas of the State from Federation Account, which is seriously affecting the even development of the local masses of the State. Our concern is that the amended 1999
Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria must be seen as supreme and obey by all and sundry Â and any action that is inconsistent with the Constitutional Provisions must be declared null and void in line with the section 14 of the General Provision of part1(3)â€.
Comrade Sulaiman who alleged Aregbesola of refusing to conduct the local government election which was contrary to the Section 7 of the amended 1999 Constitution, since almost six (6) years of the present administration in the State without any tangible genuine reason, which according to the law of the land, should be held in three (3) years interval, adding that this development was an affront of democratic ethos as being preached by the United Nations Charter.
â€œLastly, it is our humble request from the United Nations and International Community to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari and other appropriate authorities to stop the monthly allocations to the Local Government areas of Osun State until Governor Rauf Aregbesola returns the democratic structure to the third tiers of government in the State without further delayed in line with the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and United Nations Charter on democracyâ€, it submitted.
It will be recalled that the State government under Aregbesolaâ€™s watch had been under investigation of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and (ICPC) over an alleged diversion of Local Government funds since November 2010 to March, 2016 as a result of Petition Letter authored by the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS) to the anti-graft bodies.