Attack on commissioner may intensify cold war between Aregbesola and Akeredolu

The attack on the Osun State Commissioner for Regional Integration, Mr Bola Ilori, may intensify the cold war between Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola and the Info State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN).

The Commissioner who was attacked by thugs in Akure, the Ondo State capital, during a restructuring meeting by All Progressive Congress, is an indigene of Ondo town and a serving Commissioner in Osun State.

Governor Aregbesola who reacted to the attack on Ilori in a statement by his Media aide, Mr Sola Fasure, said the supposed attack was uncouthly. Noting that it was an indirect attack on the Osun people who Ilori represented at the forum.

Fasure was of the view that the Commissioner was exposed to danger by top government officials who had issues with him.

Fasure also said that the statement credited to the Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Mr Yemi Olowolabi was undiplomatic as he described the Osun delegates as aggressors who wanted to disrupt the meeting.

“The statement credited to Hon. Yemi Olowolabi that ‘what happened is sad but avoidable. It is apparent the Osun delegates came prepared with thugs, charms, ammunition and cudgels to an event which was supposed to be an all-APC event’ was highly undiplomatic and not expected from a commissioner of that State.

 “This state of affairs was far from the truth as Olowolabi made people to believe. The Osun delegates simply went armed with their intellect to marshal the position of the state.

“Why would a delegate go with dangerous objects to a conference on restructuring when Ondo and Osun are not at war or in confrontation over any issue?

“Ilori represented the government and people of Osun. Therefore, he deserved to be accorded the courtesy and respect due to the state. He deserved to be protected by the government of Ondo State as well as security agencies at the venue of the conference.

“All these safety measures were not put in place. Rather Hon. Ilori was exposed to attack by some top government official, who reportedly had axe to grind with Ilori over election matters in the state.

“The attack on Ilori is barbaric and reprehensible, to say the least. It is no doubt an attack on the entire people and Government of Osun State, whom Ilori represented at the meeting. We condemn in strong terms this affront on the people and Government of Osun State, which the attack on our delegate signposted.”

christiana ezioma

Christiana Ezioma study Mass communication in University of Benin. She is a creative writer and has good passion of journalism.

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