The State of Osun Commissioner for Social Protection, Sports and Special needs, Comrade Biyi Odunlade has condemned in strong term the spurious and blatant lies concocted by the Ondo State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr. Saka Yussuff Ogunleye, on the fracas that occurred between players and supporters of Sunshine FC Akure and Osun United FC in Ijebu-Ode.
Comrade Odunlade made the condemnation on Wednesday at a Press Conference organised by the Ministry to brief the Press and the Public on the Events that led to the imbroglio.
The Commissioner explained that poor officiating, the unruly behaviour of sunshine FC Coach, Duke Udi and the support of Sunshine FC by Ijebu-Ode based Remo FC and Gateway FC also of Ijebu-Ode, paved the way for the violence which led to the destruction of properties, while some Osun players and supporters were seriously injured.
He went further that the Ondo state Commissioner for youths and Sports ought to have gathered information from reliable sources instead of relying on false information given by the officials and players of Sunshine FC before addressing the Press, and giving false information to the public.
Comrade Odunlade stated that the State Football Association has already written a formal letter of complaint to the Nigerian Football Federation for necessary action.
While speaking at the Press Briefing, the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa said that the attack on Osun players and supporters by Sunshine FC and he allies has nothing to do with an earlier attack on the State of Osun Commissioner for Regional Integration, Mr. Bola Ilori in Akure by some political hoodlums as being insinuated by some people.
Mr. Baderinwa particularly frowned at the unprofessional attitude of some journalists who reported the incidents, and he advised them to be objective and allow balance in their stories.
It will be recalled that the second leg quarter final match in this years’ AITEO Cup between Sunshine FC Akure, and Osun United Osogbo, which took place on the twenty third of September 2017 at Dipo-Dina stadium, Ijebu-Ode ended in a fiasco in which six Osun supporters and players were seriously injured while Five buses belonging to the State of Osun were vandalised by Sunshine FC players and Supporters, including their allies in Remo Stars and Gateway FC, Ijebu-Ode.