Hoodlums strip lawmaker-elect in Osun, restrict him from receiving certificate of return

It was gathered that over the issuance of Certificate of Return to lawmakers-elect in Osun State was almost marred by violence on Monday, as some hoodlums attacked a lawmaker-elect from Ife East Constituency, Mr. Akinwole Akinwale.

The lawmaker-elect was about leaving the state office of the Independent National Electoral Commission when some miscreants waylaid him and prevented him from leaving the venue.

Newsmen observed that there was a brief fight at the gate of the INEC, but the crisis was quickly resolved.

Akinwole later told newsmen on the telephone that those who attacked him were sent by a former commissioner from Ife.

He said that he had been told that he would not be allowed to collect the Certificate of Return but he did not take the warning seriously.

He said, “I was attacked by some boys who said that the former commissioner had said I should not be allowed to take the certificate. I was told he asked them to shoot me if I insisted on collecting it.

“I was attacked while coming out of the INEC office and they tore my clothes. The policemen who were there tried to rescue me and I was ferried out of the place in the Speaker’s car.”

Earlier, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola, advised the lawmakers-elect to set aside their political differences and work together to move the state forward.

The REC urged the legislators-elect not to betray the trust reposed in them by the electorate who voted for them.

Responding, lawmakers-elect said they were ready to work for the development of the state, irrespective of their party affiliation.


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