After speaking at a public hearing organized for Ekiti, Osun and Ondo State chapters of the APC in Akure Ondo State, Osun State Commissioner for Regional Integration, Hon Bola Ilori was today attacked by hoodlums.
Ilori who was in Akure to represent the Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola at a public hearing on true federalism organized for Ekiti, Osun and Ondo States by the APC committee on true federalism was booed at the International Events Centre (Dome), Akure venue of the public hearing, before he later escaped being lynched by suspected political thugs.
The political thugs who waylaid the commissioner tattered his white short sleeve shirt and underwear cloth, while attempts to tear his trouser was resisted by his supporters.
Bola Ilori spoke at the programme after the leader of the delegation from Osun State, Chief Gbadegesin Adedeji presented the memorandum of the state before the committee.
Though an indigene of Ondo State, Ilori had served as the Special Adviser to Governor Aregbesola of Osun State on environment and Sanitation, and currently serving as the commissioner for Regional Integration in the state.
Also a close ally of the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Ilori was believed to have worked against Governor Rotimi Akeredolu while he was alleged to have worked in support of the governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Chief Olusola Oke.
Ilori had defected to the AD ahead of the last governorship election in Ondo State and served as the Director General of Olusola Oke campaign organization.
The delegates from Ondo State at the public hearing booed Ilori while making his presentation and eventually attacked him at the main entrance of the hall while on his way out of the hall where the public hearing was held.
The attack on Ilori, however, brought an abrupt end to the programme, which was attended by top members of the APC from Ekiti, Osun and Ondo States including the national vice chairman of the party, in the South West, Chief Pius Akinyelure, Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Hon. Agboola Ajayi, Ondo State chairman of the party, Mr. Ade Adetimehin and his Ekiti State counterpart, Chief Jide Awe among others.
While panting and breathing heavily, Ilori spoke to newsmen after he was rescued, pointing accusing fingers on some leaders of the APC in Ondo State, alleging that some
party stalwarts were behind the attack.
He said “the aim of those who attacked me was to kill him, but the mercy of God prevailed on me. They tore my clothes and made attempts to stab me but for the presence of my supporters. God loves me and He was the one who rescued me.”