THE Caretaker Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State, Prince Gboyega Famodun, yesterday condemned invasion of the party secretariat while the Ward Congress Appeal Committee was hearing petitions.
Famodun described the action as “crude, unacceptable, wicked, unwarranted, self-serving, undemocratic and brutish.”
In a statement, he fingered the chairman of a group within the party, The Osun Progressives (TOP) leaders, Mr Adelowo Adebiyi and other party leaders in that group.
He said: “It was surprising that some elements who were professing to be leaders and members of the APC in the state could be a party to bringing the same party to disrepute, odium and an avenue to assault and attack fellow party members.
“During the invasion of the state party secretariat, the political thugs who accompanied the TOP chieftains into the place grew wild and started to forcefully remove and beat any sighted member of the APC who was putting on Governor Oyetola’s inscribed fez cap.”
He said he saw no reason why genuine members of the party cannot abide by the existing internal party mechanisms to settle crises, instead of resorting to self-help.
Famodun, who said further that the APC is a product of a constitution, enjoined all the members of the party to desist from any action or inaction that would not align with the provisions of the constitution guiding the party.
However, Adebiyi, at a news conference held at Oranmiyan House, Osogbo, denied the claim. He said his TOP group members were the victims.
Armed hoodlums at the weekend attacked the home of Osun ex-commissioner, Biyi Odunlade, in Ile-Ife.
Odunlade, who was Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Special Need, alleged that the hoodlums invaded his home on Saturday night around 8:30 pm.
Speaking with our correspondent on the phone, Odunlade said: “It was a serious attack. My wife was harrassed, but she managed to escape. My belongings were destroyed. I came back from Osogbo to Ile-Ife after thugs attacked us at the APC party secretariat during the hearing of the Ward Congress Appeal Committee. I sat with my friends in my compound before I left to see someone at the palace. “After about 20 minutes I left home, my daughter called me on the phone to inform me that my house was under attack by some hoodlums who covered their faces and were armed with guns and cutlasses. She told me that they were shooting in front of my house. She went to the police station to report the matter.
“Those hoodlums were calling my name and shouting, that they were in my house to kill me. My wife was inside the house hearing their threat. She ran upstairs to hide. The hoodlums went to my Toyota Camry and smashed the windscreen.
When the spokesperson for Osun State Police Command, SP Yemisi Opalola, was contacted, she promised to get back to our correspondent