Osun Dep Gov, PDP Chair Escape Death At Okuku

Drama Of Death: • 9 Hospitalised • Oyinlola’s Aide Leads Thugs IT was a typical drama of death at Okuku, the hometown of the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola in Odo-Otin Local Government Council Area of Osun State, as the immediate past council chairman, Mr Gani Lawal, popularly known as ‘Femo’ reportedly chartered armed hoodlums to…”
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September 13, 2008 9:52 pm

Drama Of Death: • 9 Hospitalised • Oyinlola’s Aide Leads Thugs

IT was a typical drama of death at Okuku, the hometown of the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola in Odo-Otin Local Government Council Area of Osun State, as the immediate past council chairman, Mr Gani Lawal, popularly known as ‘Femo’ reportedly chartered armed hoodlums to the council secretariat on Wednesday to unleash terror on the state deputy governor and the state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Erelu Olusola Obada and Alhaji Ademola Razak respectively at a function last weekend.

OSUN DEFENDER gathered that while the Deputy Governor escaped from the bloody scene, Razaq’s driver proved a great asset, as he rushed him out, after cheating death by the whiskers.

Almost nine victims with various degrees of injuries are currently receiving treatment at different private hospitals in the ancient town.

According to an eye witness account, the council under the leadership of Mr. Adeniyi Adenle was scheduled to give PDP supporters and some chieftains some food items as Ramadan gift, a gesture he eventually turned into a political festival.

It was learnt that the council boss, in a bid to achieve evenness in the distribution of the largesse, elected to share each ward of the 15 with six bags of rice.

The occasion which took place within the premises of the secretariat was graced by the deputy governor who stood-in for the governor and the party chairman in the state coupled with scores of other PDP gladiators and supporters, who were cheering them (top political functionaries) up.

The event was progressing smoothly, when a lorry-load of suspected matchete-wielding thugs stormed the venue and pounced on the guests and indigenes that were seated.

The council chairman and workers who were at the occasion dialogued with their feet while the unlucky ones were treated with serious beating and matchete cuts; a situation that landed them in the hospital.

According to the eye witness account, the hoodlums were led by the ex-council boss, who is now the executive Assistant to the governor on Tourism, saying that he was heard saying loudly that his supporters were marginalized from the sharing of the largesse.

OSUN DEFENDER further gathered that the lorry brought to the venue was loaded with 60 bags of rice, after the suspected thugs had successfully dispersed the guests and crowd.

Our reporter, who raced to the scene of the incident reported that people were gathering in groups to discuss the ugly scene in the ancient town throughout the day.

It was also learnt from dependable authority that the rattled PDP chairman had appealed to the governor to remove Lawal from his cabinet, subtly threatened not to attend any political function in Odo-Otin Local Government Council Area again.

Speaking on the development, the state chairman of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Alhaji Sule Alao said that violence has become the trade mark of the PDP in the state, saying that the police would look away because it involves the ruling party.

“We have known for long that PDP is synonymous with violence, but the disturbing aspect of it is the compromise of the state police command on the issues,” said Alao.

Checks however revealed that the Oyinlola’s aide, who reportedly led the horde of thugs has been arrested and detained at the State Criminal Investigations Bureau (CID) Osogbo, Osun State capital and if political solution is not administered, he may be arraigned before a magistrate court on Monday.

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