Monarch Wades Into PDP Crisis In Ede

THE traditional ruler of Ede, Oba Muniru Adesola Lawal has intervened in the recent face-off between the members of rival factions within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ede which led to the arrest of three chieftains of the party recently. The three PDP chieftains were arrested by the police and later arraigned before an…”
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October 6, 2008 7:57 am
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THE traditional ruler of Ede, Oba Muniru Adesola Lawal has intervened in the recent face-off between
the members of rival factions within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ede which led to the arrest of three chieftains of the party recently.

The three PDP chieftains were arrested by the police and later arraigned before an Ede Magistrate’s Court for allegedly beating some members of the other faction at Olusokun Compound of Ede after a usual party meeting.

OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the arrested three PDP chieftains are loyalists of the first executive governor of Osun State, Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke, who was said to be out of the country on a national assignment.

It was also gathered that those assaulted at the party meeting in Olusokun compound were loyalists of the speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Honourable Adejare Bello, who immediately ordered their arrest.

Information revealed that trouble started when the speaker gave his supporters a bag of beans to share and the other faction claimed the bag of beans was meant for all PDP members and not a particular faction.

The medium further gathered that the speaker’s loyalists insisted on the beans being shared among them alone, which later led to the face-off between the two factions of the party.

An investigation conducted by the medium also revealed that more than five people were hospitalized in different private hospitals across the town, while the factional leaders were absent from the scene of the crisis.

The three arrested chieftains of the party were later arraigned before Magistrate A. O. Oloyade, who ruled that the\y be remanded in prison custody for what she called the fear of reprisal attack.

The investigation also revealed that the faction loyal to Adeleke immediately called him to contact the traditional ruler of the town, so as to settle the issue at the monarch’s palace.

Impeccable sources revealed that the monarch allegedly wrote a letter to the magistrate to quickly act on the matter to ensure that the PDP leaders were not remanded in prison custody.

The source also revealed that on Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke’s arrival, he reportedly met the monarch, who summoned the two factions to the palace and advised them to allow peace reign in his domain.

He also added that the newly-installed monarch advised the two factions to be under one umbrella and settle their political differences with dialogue rather than violence.

By DAPO AJISEGIRI

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