LIKE a house divided against itself, the Peoples Democratic Party in Ife South Local Government Area of Osun State, experienced another round of crisis recently when some of its party executive members were beaten into a pulp in front of Ooni’s palace in Ile-Ife.
OSUN DEFENDER’s investigation revealed that Honourable Remi Arogundade, Alhaji Aremu and Mr Mayowa Olafare barely escaped death as they were reported to be receiving treatments at different private hospitals within the ancient town, the source disclosed.
Impeccable sources revealed further that just after the last year April polls, new party executives were put in place as Hon. Akin Famuyide was nominated as the Party Chairman for Ife South local Government Area, an action that did not go down well with Hon Remi Arogundade, who happened to be the former chairman of the party in the council area.
It was also gathered that a group, believed to be consisting of Ife indigenes, decided to have their own Chairman in person of Mr Oluwole Omirefa, while other factions of the party were also reported to be supporting him.
OSUN DEFENDER learnt that the Vice Chairman of the Local Government Council, Honourable Bola Famoroyo also pictched his tent against the chairmanship of Akin Famuyide’s candidature, which eventually resulted into a not-too- cordial relationship between him and the chairman of the local Government Council Honourable Yinusa Adebisi, OSUN DEFENDERfurther learnt from authoritative sources, that before the outbreak of violence in the party, the Council’s Vice-Chairman in group of other members of the party, had sought Oba Okunade Sijuwade’s attention to intimate him on recent development in the party, since he must be briefed about all the goings-on within the party in the whole of Ife area.
It was gathered that at the meeting with the monarch, Oba Sijuwade directed the complainants to forward their grievances to the Chairman of the Party in the State, Alhaji Rasaq Ademola, a directive which some of the complainants observed to be efforts in futility.
It was also revealed to OSUN DEFENDER that few hours after the meeting with Ooni, violence reported broke out among the party members which resulted into a free-for-all fight, in front of Ooni’s palace where cudgels, broken bottles, cutlasses, and other dangerous weapons were freely used.
Three prominent members of the party were reported injured, while several others were wounded and taken to a private hospital. Police source revealed to the medium that the party did not report the ugly incident to the police, as such crisis has become part of the PDP’s norm in Ife land. Some of the PDP members from the council area, who spoke with the medium under strict anonymity stated that the crisis was orchestrated by Honourbale Niyi Owolade, Osun State Attorney- General and Commissioner for Justice, who happens to be an Ifetedo indigene.
The source disclosed that the decision to attack those the commissioner considered as being dangerous to his ambition within the party set-up were those reportedly attacked by the hoodlums.
It was further revealed that the commissioner had earlier promised one Ifetedo indigene, a business magnate, who currently resides in Ondo state, the post of the party chairman in the local government area with a view to having the business–guru sponsor his governorship ambition come 2011 election, the source authoritatively informed OSUN DEFENDER.
By SOLA JACOBS