Ogun Assembly Member Assaults Regency over Councilorship tussle
The Ogun state House of Assembly member representing Imeko-Afon constituency, Hon. Jemili Akingbade has been embroiled in a case of assault involving a prominent Regent, Obaladi of Afon, Adele Sunday Alawoode over the councillorship tussle in Afon ward of the local government area.
According to reports made available to our reporter, Hon. Akingbade assaulted Alawoode for refusing to support the lawmaker’s councillorship aspirant in the forthcoming local government elections.
The Regent reportedly refused to support one Ajeigbe Umar Ishola for the councillorship position over claims that he is of Fulani origin.
Adele Alawoode however threw his weight behind two other aspirants in the ward who are “legitimate sons of Afon.”
According to the Regent “Hon. Jemili Akingbade assaulted me in my palace just because I said we cannot continue to promote the Fulani cause in our Yoruba community.”
“I was acting in solidarity with the youths of my community who rose up and informed me of what was going on concerning the councillorship elections as the Obaladi of Afon. The youths were concerned about supporting a Fulani person for a sensitive post, especially at the time when herdsmen attacks on our communities have gone on the increase.”
“The Youths said it is wrong for Fulani people to continue to lay claim to what true sons of Afon should be entitled to. After listening to their agitations, I felt the right to do was to support their yearnings for any of our sons in the race to get the ticket. They were very clear that they did not want a Fulani person to lead the community.”
“I think Hon. Jemili Akingbade had been informed of my position not to support his own candidate who we all know to be a Fulani person, he then came to my place and challenged me. He assaulted me. He came very close to beating me up just because I said we cannot continue this way.” he stated.
Alawoode insisted that Hon. Akingbade harbours Fulani herdsmen and uses them for his own selfish agenda. He also condemned his violent way of attending to critical community issues.
The Regent added that he has since written a letter to the state Governor, Dapo Abiodun and other security agencies over the issue as it could snowball into a crisis.
In the meantime, a source who craved anonymity disclosed that Hon. Akingbade is making moves to effect the sack of some Afon indigenes perceived to be his opposition, from some Ministries and Departments in the Ogun State civil service.
The lawmaker is poised to incapacitate his perceived political opponents in the quest to further his self-serving cause, the source said.