FIGHT TO FINISH AS VIOLENT ERUPTS IN ONDO APC SECRETARIAT, CHAIRMAN’S FACTION RETAKES OFFICES

Hon Duerinmini Isaacs Kekemeke

Aggrieved member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) were Wednesday dislodged from the party secretariat in Akure, the Ondo State capital by the faction loyal to the state party Chairman, Hon Isaacs Kekemeke after a violent clash between the rival groups.

The violent clash between loyalists of Kekemeke and those trying to oust him at the party secretariat in Akure led to traffic gridlock along the popular Oyemekun Road for about an hour.

In fact, it took the intervention of the officers of the Police Command led by the Area Commander (ACP) in charge of Akure Area Command before the situation could be brought under control.

As early as 8am, the aggrieved party members, who had sealed the party secretariat on Tuesday, had re-converged there in order to ensure that the State Executive Council members, led by Kekemeke, did not have access to the secretariat.

The aggrieved members of the APC under the aegis of Movement Against Imposition had stormed the secretariat on Tuesday and sealed it off, saying it has lost confidence in the leadership of the party executive.

The aggrieved group also said it has removed the chairman, Kekemeke and installed a caretaker committee led by  Hon. Saka Yusuf Ogunleye.

Ogunleye, who pronounced himself as the replacement of Kekemeke, had sat at the entrance of the secretariat with his supporters waiting to be ushered into the secretariat when some party members came with cudgels, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons.

They were led by Alhaji Amoda Bello, a former leader of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

They started throwing stones and sticks at the aggrieved members until they dislodged them. They chased them out of the secretariat and some of them in the process of running for cover sustained minor injuries

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