Anxiety In Ondo Over 'Arrest' Of PDP Chieftain
A chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Ondo, Femi Adekanmbi has been arrested by the police.
Adekanmbi’s arrest on Thursday is already creating tension in his hometown, Owo, headquarters of Owo Local Government area.
Adekanmbi, was arrested few hours to the annual thanksgiving organised by him which also coincided with the inauguration of a water fountain he financed in the town.
The arrest of the former commissioner sparked anger among his political followers, who accused the State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, as responsible for the act.
Speaking on his arrest at the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) office, in Akure, Adekanmbi expressed shock accusing Akeredolu, of political vendetta.
He said: “This is a clear case of political vendetta and an attempt to silence political opponents. This is not about political gathering or rally, but an annual thanksgiving which has been in existence for over 10 years.”
Adekanmbi said he was surprised when he was referred to the state CID and learnt his arrest was in connection with a petition written against him over a fracas in Owo last November .
“No arrest or intimidation can silence me and my followers. This will not affect my love for my people and the urge to bring development to the ancient town of Owo. I am ready to work hand in hand with any individual or organisation towards developing Owo town, irrespective of their political beliefs or leaning.
Speaking on the development, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Yemi Olowolabi, described the allegation against the governor as unfounded.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) Mr. Femi Joseph, said the former commissioner was not arrested by the command but was invited to clear the air over an issue.
Joseph assured that the PDP chieftain in Owo would be released immediately the command concludes its findings.