Hoodlums Attack Lawmaker-elect After Collecting Certificate Of Return

By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo

There was pandemonium on Monday, 4th May, 2015 at the headquarters of the Osun state Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Osogbo as some hoodlums pounced on a lawmaker-elect and beat him black and blue.

The lawmaker-elect, Mr Akinwole Akinola of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was among the 26 elected legislators of the Osun state House of Assembly that thronged the INEC office on Monday, 4th May, 2015, to collect their certificates of return.

Few minutes after Akinola, who would be representing the Ife -East State Constituency in the parliament was handed his certificate of return by the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Adekunle Oguntola, the hoodlums attacked him and beat him up.

Although the reason for the attack was not known, Akinola had engaged the hoodlums in hot altercation before they started raining punches on him.

This face-off caused confusion in the INEC office as some aides of Akinola engaged the hoodlums, suspected to be political thugs in a brawl.

When our correspondent contacted the lawmaker-elect after the attack, he disclosed that he had came out from the INEC office to attend to some people before the hoodlums attacked him.

Akinola said it was the vehicle of the Speaker, Najeem Salaam ‎that drove him away from the scene for fear of being killed.

The REC had urged elected legislators to set aside their political differences and work as one for a common goal.

Dr. Ogunmola said the lawmakers-elect should not betray the trust reposed in them by the electorate saying the only way to fully appreciate their sacrifices is through selfless services to humanity.

In their remarks, Hon. Salaam of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)  and his counterpart from the PDP, Mr Oladejo Makinde assured that they would work together for the betterment of the state.

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