Ondo APC to suspend chairman for beating commissioner

*Lawmaker seeks arrest, prosecution of party chair

By John Odunjo

The treatment meted out to Ondo State Commissioner for Woman Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Juliana Osadahun, on Sunday when she was beaten blue and black may cost an All Progressives Congress Ward Chairman in Akoko North West Local Government Area of the state, Mr Olumide Awolumate, suspension from the party.

A viral video had shown Awolumate allegedly beat up and inflicted injuries on the commissioner’s head during palliatives distribution in Arigidi Akoko

APC State Chairman, Mr Ade Adetimehin, who expressed bitterness over the alleged attack on the commissioner, stated that the party would sit on the matter today (Monday).

Adetimehin said, ”We don’t tolerate indiscipline in our party. The erring chairman would be suspended for being involved in such a public, embarrassing act.

“I have directed the party chairman in the local government to bring everybody to Akure today (Monday) and we will deliberate and appropriate sanction will be meted out where necessary. But, the ward chairman would be suspended.”

The Deputy Majority Leader of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Princess Oluwatosin Ajirotutu, while condemning the alleged assault on the commissioner, called on the state police command to arrest and prosecute the APC chieftain.

Ajirotutu said, “It is displeasing and barbaric to have viewed a video clip that surfaced and has caused pandemonium in the media space and Arigidi in Akoko Northwest of Ondo State following the directive of Ondo State Government on subsidy palliatives distribution across the state.

“The action of Mr Awolumate Olumide on Hon. Adebunmi Osadahun is condemned and he should be arrested and made to face maximum disciplinary sanction by the Ondo State Commissioner of Police while the Attorney General of Ondo State should prosecute him immediately.

“Assault on womenfolk should not be tolerated in any part of Ondo State and the country. Women deserve our caring in every situation because of their sensitive roles in society.”

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