CONFUSION reportedly broke out in Ikirun, headquarters of Ifelodun Local Government Council Area of Osun State when some youths believed to be from ward I, attacked the chairman of the council, Mr. Sarafadeen Awotunde, over the poor state of roads in the council area.
OSUN DEFENDER learnt that the youths demonstrations nearly degenerated into a total breakdown of law and order, but for the quick intervention of security operatives, who were on hand to calm frayed nerves at the scene.
It was gathered that the chairman, in the company of the Akirun of Ikirun, Oba Abdulrauf Adedeji and a Special Adviser to Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Hon. Hassan Adegoke were touring some parts of the town as practised annually as part of the royal visit to all quarters within the ancient town
The entourage, OSUN DEFENDER gathered, while passing through the Otoki area of the town witnessed the barricading of the roads by the youths who reportedly started singing song against the chairman.
“Tell Sarafa Spain to construct our roads for us, afterall, his boss (Oyinlola) has embezzled the money initially meant for the project,” chorused, the youths.
One of the protesters told OSUN DEFENDER that he (the chairman) is a car freak, adding that within a span of ten months of his chairmanship, he has acquired about seven exotic cars, wondering what the number would be at the end of his tenure.
“Look, Sarafa has been so self-centred that he once seized the bus meant for the legislators for personal use, until he was reported to Oyinlola, who had to scold him for his actions,” the source added.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the Otiki road project was part of the “honey comb” projects that had been paid-for by the immediate past administration of Prince Bola Ajao.
The medium also learnt that some aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the council area are planning to influence their councilors towards impeaching the chairman for what they referred to as maladministration and corrupt practices. Their moves were as a result of the chairman’s unsuccessful defence of how he spent close to N1 billion accrued to the local government since his inauguration early in the year.
The party, currently enmeshed in various crisis, is currently finding it very difficult to keep a united house as some members are also threatening to recall some councilors, especially the majority leader, who they believe has become a stooge of the chairman.
–By SHINA ABUBAKAR