Bloody Congress: Residents, Party Members Condemn Ondo APC
The Local Government Assembly of the All Progressive Congress might have come and gone but the blistering smoke that was generated from the exercise continues to billow.
In Irele, the exercise was more of a theatre of war than a show of democracy.
What should have ordinarily been a peaceful election suddenly slid into an arms clash that left party members in pools of their own blood.
Former lawmaker representing the area at the state House of Assembly, Hon. Afolabi Iwalewa, and the current Caretaker Chairman of the LGA, Gbadebo Odimayo gory and unpalatable tales to tell.
Narrating his ordeal, Iwalewa said trouble started when the leader of the party in the area and Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Emmanuel Igbasan, led some hoodlums to the venue.
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"Members of the party in the local government had assembled at the party secretariat for the exercise, waiting for the officials and party leaders but most of the members were disappointed when they learnt that the Congress would not hold.
“Igbasan later invaded the party secretariat with hoodlums numbering 30 and started shooting sporadically into the air to scare away people while some people were hit with a machete and beaten to coma.
"I ran into the Chairman office and the Chairman called the security agents, but the presence of the security operatives could not save me. The hoodlums descended on me and inflicted injuries on me."
His explanation was corroborated by the caretaker Chairman, Odimayo.
According to the chairman, Igbasan was the mastermind of the violence during the Congress in the local government area.
Members of the party across the state have, however, condemned the action of the state commissioner.
Speaking to Bounce News correspondent, Tope Adelani, an APC member in the state described the incident as political irresponsibility.
"Why must you shed people's blood to settle a minor quarrel. If you don't want the election to hold, you will have a consensus with your people and give them justifiable reason instead of attacking them with deadly weapons."
Jerry Adelanke, also a party member said he was disappointed.
"We had a similar issue last week in Ondo where some people attacked themselves just because of ward Congress. This time, it is Ilaje. If congress could be like this at a local level, then I wonder how it will look like at the national level," he said.
Festus Akinloye, a civil servant maintained that APC can never hold any successful election in the state because they are not united in any way.
"If you look at how they emerged in this state as a ruling party, you will realize that they are just struggling to flow together.
"There is no unity among them. Till now, the crisis that rocked their gubernatorial primary is still lingering.
"The party has been factionalized. Majority of its members are aggrieved. It is a house built on lies and deception. So I don't know how long it will stand this raging storm."
Meanwhile, the State chairman of the party, Ade Adetimehin said the exercise was peaceful in all the places he monitored.
After all, he has only two eyes.
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