THERE was a palpable tension in Ido town, Ido local government headquarters, on Wednesday as tens of Mobile policemen were seen marauding the ancient town of Ido, Oyo state, Nigeria.
A quick check by our correspondent revealed that the presence of several policemen in the town was a proactive move by the police authority in the council to prevent the flame of political violence which would have resulted had the former chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Pastor Samuel Akintokun, was allowed to carry out his wish of
organising his faction’s general meeting in Ido Car Park, the usual venue for the party’s general meeting in the council, from burning.
Our investigations further revealed that trouble began when the leadership of the APC announced the removal of Pastor Akintokun,the erstwhile party chairman, during the party’s last general meeting which was attended by all the party’s stakeholders in the council held recently at Ido Car Park, Ido town.
His removal was as a result of a motion moved by the council’s party youth leader and one of the seventeen local executive members present, Comrade Yusuff Akeem, calling for the removal of Pastor Akintokun due to what he regarded as the erstwhile party chairman’s refusal to organise the party’s general meetings as at when due where key decisions that bother on the party’s development are taken, his failure to attend the party’s key events as well as gross abuse of office.
The motion which was seconded by another local executive members nicknamed ‘Ogun’ was adopted by the council’s party executive members and thereafter unanimously chose Alhaji Dauda Akanji as the acting chairman.
This removal, however, did not augur well with Pastor Akintokun faction, saying that the process for his removal was illegal and contrary to the party’s constitution and vowed to resist
it, stressing, that he still remains the party’s chairman in the council.
Similarly, our checks unearthed that efforts were made by the APC party leadership at the state’s level to resolve the issue amicably but the council’s party executive members stood their ground
saying that the decision to remove Pastor Akintokun as Ido LG APC chairman was irreversible.
But, in a bid to show his popularity among the party faithful in the local government and proved that he still remains the council’s party chairman, Pastor Akintokun, approached the police authority in the local government informing them of his decision to organise his party’s general meeting, but the police authority declined his request citing a document in their possession signed by the party’s relevant stakeholders which states that he has been removed.
Undaunted by this decline, the ex-party chairman tendered another request on Wednesday to the police authority but when it was declined again based on the same document, Pastor Akintokun was said to have reported the matter to some powerful forces in the party which our check revealed to be two federal lawmakers who called the council’s Divisional Police Officer, to allow him carry out his wish.
Our correspondent learned that it was at this point that the council’s Divisional Police Officer, DPO informed the state’s Commissioner of Police of his dilemma, he was, however, told to bring Pastor Akintokun and Alhaji Dauda Akanji, the party’s acting chairman to the force’s state headquarter at Eleyele for discussion where the duo were detained.
Mega Icon Magazine also gathered that had it not been for the prompt invitation of police to Ido town by the council’s care-taker chairman, Hon. Wahab Oladejo, with a view to maintaining law and orderliness, political violence would have erupted as party faithful who were part of the process that saw to the removal of Pastor Akintokun as the council’s party chairman had vowed to prevent the general meeting had the erstwhile party chairman allowed to organise it saying that Pastor Akintokun had ceased to be the council’s party chairman.
But according to a source within Pastor Akintokun’s camp, the purported removal of the erstwhile party chairman was due to what the camp of the present care-taker chairman perceived as the roles played by him during the December 2014 primary elections which saw to the failure of Hon. Oladejo to cling Ido/Ibarapa – East Federal Constituency ticket won by the then incumbent, Hon. Sunday Adepoju, who is from Eruwa in Ibarapa- East Local Government and who went ahead to win the constituency during the general elections for the second time running after succeeding Hon. Yemi Taiwo from the same council in 2011.
Another source claims that the ‘sin’ of the erstwhile party chairman was his refusal to bow for the powerful party chieftains in the council who are followers and loyalists to the state governor’s quest to produce his successor.
“Besides the reasons cited by council’s executive members for the removal of Pastor Akintokun as the party chairman, the real reason for his removal is the man’s penchant to see himself as LAMIST, a group who are steadfast allies of the former Oyo State governor, Late Alhaji Lam Adesina, first before seeing himself as APC member. The LAMISTS believe they are the founding members of the party, thus, seeing other members, especially, the SENACO, a group who are loyal and followers of the the state’s governor, Abiola Ajimobi’s political ideology, as their ‘junior’.
“Thus, Pastor Akintokun’s activities in the party are geared towards the realisation of the objectives of the LAMIST group first before the general interests of the party he chaired.
“This was what made him to support Hon. Adepoju, a staunch member of LAMIST, during the 2014 primary of Ido/Ibarapa-East federal Constituency at the expense of other aspirants from his own local government, faulting the aged norms and agreement between Ido and Ibarapa East Local Governments”, the source who doesn’t want his name published told Mega Icon Magazine.
But in a swift reaction, when contacted, the care-taker chairman, Ido Local government, Hon. Wahab Oladejo, has debunked the allegation that he had a hand in the erstwhile party chairman’s removal, saying that his removal is purely and strictly a party affairs and not his business.
“That accusation that I had a hand in Pastor Akintokun’s removal as party chairman is baseless and unfounded. What happened was a democracy in action. All the leaders we have in Ido LG namely; Alhaji Kamorudeen Ajisafe, Pa
Oladejo Lankodoro and Alhaji Bashiru Babalola backed the decision made by our council’s executive members which saw to the removal of Pastor Akintokun as our party Chairman, so who am I to say no to the decision made by our council’s highest decision making body”? Oladejo asked rhetorically.
He continued, “those who know me very well know that I am an advocate of party supremacy, the party executive organ and the party leadership have made a decision and they submitted the
document which have their signatures appended on it regarding that decision to the relevant authority, so what is my business in that? My job as the Chief Security Officer in the council is to prevent and nip, any form of violence noticed in any part of the council, in the bud and that’s exactly what the police had done.
“I want to commend the police authority both at the local and the state for doing a good job, they really had the situation under control.
“Meanwhile, I want to say this that, our executive governor had said that APC under his leadership is one, hence, there is nothing like LAMIST or SENACO. Anyone who is at the vanguard of this spurious claim, is just looking for something to eat”, he concluded.
Meanwhile, another source claimed that, with the general elections seem to be getting nearer, more of these developments would be coming
into fore, adding that all these moves by these political gladiators are geared towards having a total control of the party not only in Ido LG but also throughout the state and country.
Mega Icon Magazine further probes revealed that the two detained party chieftains had since been released on Thursday after inviting all the relevant stakeholders in the council to give statements regarding the incidence.
The police has, however, warns the people that it would not tolerate breakdown of law and order from anyone.
Oyo: Council boss allegedly attack PDP chieftain in Ogbomoso
A CHIEFTAIN of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo state, Mr. Oladosu Akanbi has claimed that the Caretaker Chairman of Ogo Oluwa Local Government Area, Hon. Seun Ojo assaulted him at his Ilu Iwata residence, Ogo Oluwa West Local Council Development Area (LCDA) .
The financial secretary of the party in the council, Oladosu , who also claimed that he was beaten to a pulp, while his wife and son were inflicted with various degree of injuries on the 29th December, 2020, informed that Hon. Ojo has been arrested by the police.
According to him, Hon. Ojo was arrested by the police at Zone 11, Osogbo, Osun State on the 3rd of January, 2021 following the failure of the Police at Opete police station in Ogo Oluwa West LCDA where the incident had initially been reported to take proactive steps to arrest him and his accomplices for the crime they committed.
Narrating his ordeal to our reporter, the complainant alleged that on that fateful day, the Council Chief, Ojo invaded his house at about 8:24pm with no fewer than eight thugs displaying dangerous weapons like gun, axe and cutlass
He said that on their arrival, the council gaffer, Ojo flashed a touch in his eyes and asked him whether he recognized him or not but before he could utter a word, they had descended on him, dragged him on the floor and beaten him mercilessly with his wife and 30-year-old son, Amos Akanbi who was with him at the time of the incident.
The PDP chieftain further explained that when they were satisfied with beaten him, they took him inside the official vehicle that they brought and drove him to an unknown destination for some minutes before they brought him back to his house that same night.
He added that when they got to his house, Hon. Ojo asked him where he kept bags of rice in his possession and he told him that they were inside his rooms, stressing that he thereafter ordered his ‘boys’ to pack them inside their vehicle and took them away.
He explained that out of the five bags that they carted away, two bags were from Governor Seyi Makinde for party members in his ward, another two from Caretaker Chairman of Ogo Oluwa West LCDA, Hon. Onaolapo Ajala for party members as well while the remaining one bag was giving to be shared by four leaders in each ward among themselves with a Turkey and one gallon of vegetable oil.
“Seun Ojo packed all the rice and while he was leaving, he told me that he had come to show me the power of government and if I dare reporting him to the police, he will still come back and use the full power of government to deal with me again.
“Immediately they left, we went to Opete police station to lodge complaint but the police having seen my condition, suggested that I go to General hospital for treatment first before they could take my statement. However, I could not be admitted that night because the hospital officials complaint that there was no bed where I could be admitted for treatment and asked me to come back the following morning.
“The following morning, I was treated and went back to the Opete police station to write my statement alongside my wife and son. The police invited him for interrogation but he declined to honour their invitation. When I observed that no step was being taken to effect his arrest following his refusal to honour the invitation till 31st December, 2020, I sought the transfer of my case to zone 11, Osogbo”, he narrated further.
Oladosu continued, “He showed up at Zone 11, Osogbo on the 3rd of January, 2021 and the police took him to my house to inspect and took pictures of all items that were vandalized by him during the attack on my house”.
While asked what could have led to the invasion of his house by the council boss, the PDP chieftain explained that he could not fathom the reason for the attack on him because he has never had any misunderstanding or quarrel with the chairman before since they were not in the same council area.
“Seun Ojo is in the main local government, Ogo Oluwa local government while I am in the Ogo Oluwa West local council development area, Odo Oba where Hon. Ajala Onaolapo is the Chairman. So I don’t have any reason to be at loggerhead with him whatsoever”, he submitted.
But, when contacted through his cell phone, the Caretaker Chairman of Ogo Oluwa Local Government, Hon. Seun Ojo denied the allegation, describing it as unfounded, as there was nothing like that.
Speaking with Mega Icon Magazine on Saturday, the council boss stressed that it was a mischievous attempt targeted at destroying his name and that of the state governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde.
He also alleged that Oladosu was sponsored by the opposition APC in the state to carry out the hatchet job.
He said, “There is no matter between me and Mr. Oladosu .
“I don’t have a quarrel with anybody. As the Chief Security officer of my local government, I don’t have a quarrel with him. He’s one of the PDP members and presently romancing with the opposition. I have known him for over 20 years ago, I was once a councilor in that local government, I know all the impacts, what that man caused between me and my chairman then.
“They are planning to leave the party, but before he leaves, he wanted to destroy the party. For somebody to be saying the governor was distributing poisoned rice and palliatives, he has a motive. He was collecting money from me for the Christmas and the new year. When I gave him the money , he said the money was not enough and I gave him another cheque .
“The APC are using them. The opposition gave him N300,000 and that after he successfully destroy the governor’s name, they promised to give him a balance of N200,000.
“The man is just trying to spoil the governor’s name and my name”, the council boss alleged.
When asked if he was arrested by the police, Ojo questioned, “How will a chairman of a local government be arrested on a fake information?”.
Oyo deputy governor denies alleged feud with Makinde
The Deputy Governor of Oyo state, Engr. Raufu Olaniyan says he has no rift with his boss, Governor Seyi Makinde, describing a report published by an online media outfit headlined, ” Governor Makinde’s Deputy, Olaniyan Has Vowed Never To End Rift With His Boss” , as not only baseless, but a figment of the author’s imagination.
The Deputy Governor, in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Omolere Omoetan maintained that he had no rift with the governor, adding that even if there was, as a true Muslim, he would seek for resolution and not take a stand that was contrary to common sense as reported by the online newspaper.
In the statement made available to Mega Icon Magazine on Wednesday, Olaniyan reiterated that he has a mandate to work with Governor Makinde to serve the people of Oyo State as the Deputy Governor, saying that he was totally committed to doing so and would not be distracted by reports emanating from shady sources and mischief makers.
The number two man in Oyo state, however urged the public to disregard the statement attributed to him by what it described as phantom source quoted in the malicious report by the online media who, he said in recent times, had become notorious in the propagation of fake news.
The Deputy Governor stressed, for the avoidance doubt, that he would continue to work assiduously with Governor Makinde to provide good governance to the people in line with the governor’s ideas and vision.
Olaniyan, therefore advised the forces working to cause disaffection between him and the governor to look for better things to do as their machinations and conspiracies had failed on arrival.
US President, Trump Impeached For Second Time
Donald Trump became the first US president in history to be impeached twice when the House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to charge him with inciting last week’s mob attack on Congress.
The Senate will not hold a trial before January 20, when Democrat Joe Biden assumes the presidency, meaning the real estate tycoon will escape the risk of being forced to leave early. He will, however, depart in disgrace — and likely due to face a Senate trial later.
The only question in the House had been how many Republicans would join the Democratic majority.
In the end, 10 Republicans broke ranks, including the party’s number three in the House, Representative Liz Cheney.
Holed up in the White House, Trump had no immediate reaction but he earlier issued a brief statement insisting that he opposed violence among his supporters.
“In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be no violence, no lawbreaking and no vandalism of any kind. That is not what I stand for,” he said.
“I call on all Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers. Thank You.”
Reflecting the fear of upheaval, armed National Guards deployed across the capital and central streets were blocked to traffic.
In the Capitol building itself, guards in full camouflage and carrying assault rifles assembled, some of them grabbing naps early Wednesday under the ornate statues and historical paintings.
Trump survived the first impeachment almost exactly a year ago when the Republican-controlled Senate acquitted him of abusing his office to try and get dirt on Biden’s family before the election.
This time, his downfall was triggered by a speech he delivered to a crowd on the National Mall on January 6, telling them that Biden had stolen the presidential election and that they needed to march on Congress and show “strength.”
Amped up on weeks of election conspiracy theories pushed by Trump, the mob then stormed into the Capitol, fatally wounded one police officer, wrecked furniture and forced terrified lawmakers to hide, interrupting a ceremony to put the legal stamp on Biden’s victory.
One protester was shot dead, and three other people died of “medical emergencies,” bringing the toll to five.
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the chamber that Trump “must go.”
“He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love,” she said.
And Democratic lawmaker Ilhan Omar branded Trump a “tyrant,” saying that “for us to able to survive as a functioning democracy there has to be accountability.”
But Nancy Mace, a newly-elected Republican congresswoman said that while lawmakers “need to hold the president accountable,” the speed of the impeachment “poses great questions about the constitutionality.”
The top Republican in the House, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, said that while Trump deserves censure, hurriedly impeaching will “further divide this nation.”
McConnell open to impeachment
Trump, who has been stripped of his social media megaphones by Twitter and Facebook, and finds himself increasingly ostracized in the business world, is struggling to impose his message — let alone any kind of resistance.
His refusal to accept any responsibility for the horrifying scenes on January 6 — including his insistence Tuesday that his speech was “totally appropriate” — has infuriated allies and opponents alike.
The main question now is to what extent former Republican allies in the Senate will turn on their party’s figurehead. Last year, they acquitted Trump overwhelmingly after the House impeached him for abuse of office.
Powerful Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell has made clear there is no time before Trump’s January 20 exit to hold an impeachment trial, given that the Senate is in recess until January 19.
However, he said Wednesday that he was open to the possibility of voting to convict Trump in a trial, which could still be held after Biden takes over.
“I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate,” McConnell said.
The New York Times reported Tuesday that McConnell is signaling privately that he believes Trump did commit impeachable offenses.
This presents a potentially fatal shift in the ground under Trump’s feet, because it could lead other Republican senators to join in convicting Trump with the goal of turning the page in the turbulent relationship between the party and former reality TV host and real estate magnate.
Meanwhile, the increasingly toothless Trump’s social media woes deepened late Tuesday when video-sharing giant YouTube said it was suspending his official account for at least a week, out of concern his videos could incite violence.
He is also being cut out by the business world, threatening his financial future once he leaves the White House.
The latest blow to the Trump empire was when the mayor of his native New York City, Bill de Blasio, announced Wednesday a termination of contracts to run a golf course, two ice-skating rinks and a carousel in Central Park.
“New York City doesn’t do business with insurrectionists,” de Blasio, a Democrat, tweeted.
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