Oyetola halts court charges against Aregbesola's supporters


Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State

Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun has directed the state’s APC Caretaker Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun, to withdraw the court case against some members of the party linked with his predecessor Rauf Aregbesola.

The arraigned members were accused of invading the party secretariat with armed thugs days ago.

The Caretaker Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State, Rasaq Salinsile, former Chairman of the party, Adelowo Adebiyi and five others were on Monday arraigned before an Osogbo Magistrate’s Court.

The other five persons arraigned include; former Commissioner for Works and Transport, Kazeem Salami, former Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Special Needs, Biyi Odunlade, former Commissioner for Environment and Sanitation, Idowu Korede, Alaba Popoola and Azeez Adekunle.

However, Governor Oyetola in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, on Tuesday ordered that the case against them be withdrawn.

According to the Governor, he was away when the incident occurred.

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However, upon his return to the State on Monday, he summoned an emergency meeting of the party stakeholders and insisted that as members of the same family, whatever differences that existed could be resolved without necessarily resorting to litigation.

He, therefore, directed the party chairman in the state to withdraw the complaints and take necessary measures to discontinue the matter.

“The invasion of the party secretariat by armed thugs stands condemned as no sane society will condone the resort to self-help in settling disagreements within a family.

“But as the Governor, I have directed our party chairman to discontinue the matter in the interest of peace and harmony within the party”, the Governor said in the statement.

Some members of the APC on August 14 besieged the party secretariat to submit petitions during a meeting of the Ward Congress Appeal Committee in Osogbo.

But political thugs allegedly attacked members of the APC outside the premises leading to the arrest of the suspects.

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