The party organised by, Rotimi Akeredolu, the candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in the last governorship election in Ondo State to thank members of the party was almost marred by violence as aggrieved members attacked the Director of Planning and Mobilization of the party, Tayo Alasoadura.
Mr. Alasoadura narrowly escaped being lynched by irate party members over allegations that he collected but refused to distribute money and other gift-items, collected from the leadership of the party, meant for the members for the October 20 governorship election. The ACN members had converged at the party secretariat along Ilesha road, Akure, to witness the thank you party organized by Mr. Akeredolu. The members quietly discussed Mr. Alasoadura’s actions in groups before the arrival of the party chieftains and bigwigs. They condemned the actions of the former finance commissioner over his failure to distribute enough money to all the eighteen local government areas of the state. They also accused Mr. Alasoadura of keeping the money collected from ACN leaders, including a national leader and former Governor of Lagos, Bola Tinubu, for himself. The programme was about to start when the accused arrived the venue changing the mood at the event. As soon as Mr. Alasoadura alighted from his car, the atmosphere became tensed as some members rained insults at the party chieftain openly, blaming him for the party’s poor outing in the last October governorship election in the state. The ACN came third in the election, behind the winner, the Labour Party, and the runner-up, the Peoples Democratic Party. The development took a dramatic turn when some aggrieved youth started throwing pure water sachets to the direction of the famous politician while other chieftains who did not want to be insulted by the irate members hurriedly left their seats under the pretence of appealing to the angered members The members accused the party leader publicly that over seventy motorcycles given to him to deliver to all wards leaders for onward distribution to the party loyalists across the state were kept in his compound; while over N1 billion given to him by the party leadership meant for election mobilization was alleged to have been improperly managed. As the irate party members were throwing pure water sachets towards the direction of the leader, they were also marching towards him when Mr. Akeredolu, who was holding a brief discussion in one of the rooms at the secretariat, came out to appeal to the members. It took the governorship candidate over twenty minutes to appeal to the aggrieved party members, who came from all the 18 local governments in the state, before they let Mr. Alasoadura be. The embattled Director of Planning and Mobilization quietly sneaked out through the back door when the governorship candidate was busy addressing the party members.
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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