Eight officials were assaulted.
Hundreds of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, youth in Odeda Local Government Area of Ogun State on Thursday caused a stampede in the council following a protest against the council chairman, Sulaiman Adebayo.
At least eight officials of the secretariat were assaulted by the protesters, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.
The protesters blocked the council secretariat, preventing workers from entering. They also blocked the Abeokuta-Ibadan Road; carrying various placards alleging insensitivity on the part of Mr. Adebayo.
Some of the placards read: Mr. Governor, our chairman is taking the youths and women for granted in this local government; Enough is enough; etc.
The protesters who made bonfire on major streets in the town also accused the governor, Ibikunle Amosun, of imposing the chairman on the council and accused the party leaders of not calling the chairman to order while he was misbehaving.
According to sources, the confusion which engulfed the town was the climax of the series of complaints against the local government chairman by the youth.
Speaking with journalists, the leader of the youth, Kazeem Lawal accused the council chairman of not bringing the dividends of democracy to them.
“We have made very frantic moves to see the chairman but he has not been forthcoming,” Mr. Lawal said.
He explained that the negative behavior of the chairman had continued to force many members of the ACN to pitch tent with the Labour Party. He declared that youth in the local government would not go with the ACN should the party decide to field the current chairman for the next local government election.
The council chairman and the Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Shuaib Salisu, who were heading to the troubled spot had to make a detour for fear of being attacked by the angry youth who were bent on creating more trouble in the local government.
However, the presence of the Area Commander of Police in charge of the area, Tony Ekpo, later brought the situation under control. He led the embattled chairman to the protesting youth, who, after listening to him, decided to cease fire to allow for dialogue. A meeting has been scheduled for Friday at the council secretariat.
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