The continued fracas ensuing over the local government administration in Oyo State took a turn for the worse on Monday when one Adbulasis Isa, popularly known as Alajase, was killed in Surulere Local Government Area of the state.
Isa was a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Surulere local government.
He died in the cause of a clash between supporters of the two dominant parties in the state over who was the legitimate chairperson of the local government.
Governor Seyi Makinde had sacked the local council chairpersons and replaced them with appointed caretaker committees. Since their replacements, many of the sacked council chairpersons have resorted to violence.
The sacked council chairpersons are All Progressive Congress (APC) members, while the newly installed committee caretakers are PDP members.
According to reports by PREMIUM TIMES, there were also several injured during the clash between the supporters of the parties in Surulere local government.
Olamiju Alao-Akala, a son of the former Governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, alleged that he was also attacked.
Olamiju Alao-Akala was the Chairman of Ogbomoso North Local Government prior to his sack by Governor Seyi Makinde, alongside his colleagues in other councils, PM reports. He said he believed those that attacked him were PDP supporters.
However, Mr Ibrahim Ajagbe, the caretaker chairperson of the local government area denied the claim.
Mr Ajagbe said it was rather Alao-Akala Olamiju that led armed thugs to his own group from the secretariat of the council, dispersing them.
PDP’s Publicity Secretary, Akeem Olatunji said the slain victim was a PDP chieftain in the local government area.
Mr Olatunji alleged that the victim was killed by APC loyalists.
“A chieftain of PDP in person of Honorable Adbulasisi Isa was shot dead and another person was hospitalised as a result of gunshots. They were allegedly shot by the former Chairman of Surulere North local government, Hon Ogunniran Akinwumi Master,” said Olatunji, as reported by PREMIUM TIMES.
However, APC Publicity Secretary, Abdulazeez Olatunde insisted that the mayhem was caused by the PDP.
Mr Olatunde said that notwithstanding the Court injunction that certified that the elected chairpersons were the authentic occupiers of the seats, the PDP still went ahead to initiate troubles.
“It is very unfortunate that despite the court injunction that affirmed APC as the authentic occupants, PDP still went ahead to attack our people. Despite all these, they still went ahead to cause trouble. It was yesterday that we got the information that they will attack us. It is not APC that attacked them. PDP is the one that is causing trouble,” he said, according to PT.