With the success of Governor Godwin Obaseki in the just-concluded Edo State governorship election, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, may well be on his way to emerging the new Political Generalissimo, writes Ernest Chinwo
Residents of Oba Nla, Oba Adesida road, Arakale, and Oja Oba areas of Akure, the Ondo State capital were thrown into confusion following a clash that ensured between the youths suspected to be supporters of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party.
Residents and passers-by of the area had to run to safety while vehicular movement was halted during the clash.
This came five days to the governorship election in the state.
According to an eyewitness, many people were injured in the clash.
It was gathered that the clash started late Saturday evening at Obanla Junction, Oba Adesida Road when one of the supporters of APC was allegedly beaten by that of PDP.
There was an alleged reprisal attack on Sunday morning by APC members. It occurred a few meters away from ‘A’ Division Police Station, Akure.
Scores of suspected political hoodlums were sighted at the main gate of Ondo State Assembly Complex as early as 9am with their vehicles parked along the road leading to the complex thereby causing panic around the area. Their surprised presence was to prevent the nine lawmakers which were suspended by the assembly for refusing to sign the impeachment notice servers on the deputy governor Hon. Agboola Ajayi, which were later pardoned/quashed of their suspension last week from resuming.
Sources within the assembly said that the nine pro-Ajayi lawmakers had since been refuse access to the assembly and also denied the official cars given to the other 17 colleagues on Friday. The timely intervention of police detectives, however, prevented the hoodlums from entering into the complex as they mounted barricades at the entrance of the complex. The crisis in the assembly started months back following the resignation of the deputy governor and the subsequent plan to impeach but its failure.
In its reaction, the suspended deputy speaker Iroju Ogundeji alleged that the suspected hoodlums had the intention to cause harm based on the directives from the governor and the speaker. we were unable to gain access to the house to perform our constitutional legislative duties. Right now, we are helpless they are using government power against us. we are only relying on god to come to our aide.