Obasanjo-Bello, Daniel Clash At Ogbomosho

The crisis between Senator Iyabo Obasanjo Bello and Governor Gbenga Daniel took another dimension as the duo clashed on Sunday at the wedding of the daughter of Oyo State Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala in Ogobomoso.

The two political gladiators accused each other of being the aggressor that led to the clash in the ancient city.

The senator said the assault on her was not the first in the politics of the state.

“I was dancing behind the governor. The state security service officer, Frank Osakwe, pulled my hand and pushed me. I then pushed him back. I want to leave everything to God’s judgment. The same thing happened to Senator Ibikunle Amosum, Otunba Dipo Dina, Senator Iyabo Anisulowo and others, Obasanjo-Bello said.

She promised to open up later on the situation in the state. In another statement by her Personal Assistant (Media), Mr. Bidemi Osunbiyi, the senator faulted stories in some newspapers which accused her of being the aggressor.

Ms. Obasanjo-Bello also denied snubbing a former Military Governor of the defunct Western Region, Chief Adeyinka Adebayo and a former Deputy National Chairman (South) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, who sought to intervene in the matter.

The statement reads: for the purpose of clarification, the distinguished senator at the wedding ceremony never snubbed the respected father of the South-west, including Chief Adeyinka Adebayo and Chief Olabode George. It is also outrageous to have stated in their syndicated story that the senator slapped the governor aide.

“To any discerning mind, one could see through the picture of the publications that it is impossible for the senator to have gone after the governor’s security aides no matter the level of provocation and intimidation. “What actually happened was that the senator had her hand jerked back from behind in the process of dancing during the thanksgiving without any prior notice either formal or informal as rightly published in other newspapers.

“It was while attempting to free herself that she shrugged off her hand from the overzealous security aide, which made other dignitaries to be aware of the ignoble act and made the security aide to retreat.

“The action demonstration lack of respect for women in particular and more importantly, a serving senator representing the good people of Ogun State.”

It was, however, gathered that some governor and elders of the state were worried over the degenerating relationship between the governor and the senator.

A source said: “Most governors at the wedding of the daughter of Otunba Bayo Alao-Akala, felt sad and embarrassed by the development at Okelerin Baptist Church.

“A governor at the wedding advised his South-West counterparts to come together and resolve the crisis between Daniel and Obasanjo Bello.

The governor said there was no way the crisis would persist without ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo not feeling insulted. Daniel, however, blamed Obasanjo-Bello for the incident, saying her action, though futile, was provocative and calculated to embarrass him.

Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Wale Adedayo, Daniel said the senator punched his security aide, adding that he discipline and maturity demonstrated by his security team staved-off what could have been an embarrassing moment.

“Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello made a futile effort to embarrass the governor on Saturday. She performed acts of provocative solo dancing with her hands and clothes, resulting in punches for the hapless man. But despite this act of provocation, the governor’s security team exercised discipline and maturity by not touching her and the governor kept quiet”.

By Kazeem Mohammed

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