Three wounded in ACN youth protest in Ibadan

ACN youth in Oyo State protest against the party leadership in the state.

Three persons were on Monday badly hurt as a peaceful protest embarked upon by the youth wing of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Oyo State Chapter, turned bloody.

The youth went to the Yemetu, Ibadan, secretariat of the party to protest the party’s style of administration and call for the removal of its leaders.

They were, however, intercepted by thugs believed to be members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW.

Having been repelled at the party secretariat, the protesters re-routed and marched on to the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, where they addressed journalists.

They bore placards with inscriptions revealing strong aversion for the chairman of the party, Akin Oke; his deputy, Isiaka Alimi; and the party secretary, Mojeed Olaoya; and demanded that the trio stepped down from their positions.

The youth threatened to make the party unmanageable for the trio if the national leadership of the party turned deaf ears to their demands.

Sola Oyediran from Ibadan North-East Local Government and Sarumi Olawale, from Ibadan South-West Local Government, who led the protest, told newsmen that they are tired of the management of the party and called for the conduct of local government elections after almost two years of ACN rule in the state.

“The Action Congress of Nigeria is going through a crisis of confidence and ideological somersault. No thanks to those entrusted with keeping the cherished values of democracy and progressive politics.

“The progressive landscape in Oyo State has been desecrated by those who, rather than promote the values of truth, honesty, sincerity of purpose and defense of the interest of the masses which are the signposts of progressive politics through the party apparatus have rather turned the party machinery into a money-making machine at the expense of the people they are elected to serve,” the youth said in leaflets distributed during the protest.

They alleged that party leaders promote the interest of the first lady of Oyo State, Florence Ajimobi.

They demanded for the “severance of all links with the office and/or person of the first lady of Oyo State in the running of the affairs of ACN in Oyo State; re-instatement of all suspended and dissolved wards and local government party executives and the dissolution of all the illegally constituted caretaker executives in the affected wards and local governments; total separation of party management from the control of government.”

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