Ondo state government has refuted claims that thugs loyal to the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Ifedayo Abegunde attacked the Osun State Commissioner for Regional Integration, Bola Ilori at the public hearing on restructuring organised by the All Progressives Congress, APC in Akure.
The state government through the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Yemi Olowolabi said Ilori came into the venue of the meeting with charms.
Olowolabi further alleged that the Osun commissioner came to the venue with the intention to cause crisis, having mobilized people from Osun State to the programme.
He said: “It was an APC event, but some people wore Oranmiyan clothes to the event and also carried Oranmiyan flags with sticks in their hands.
“They came with weapons and charms. It was clear that they came to foment trouble at the event.
“Bola Ilori seized microphone from the organizers of the event,” Olowolabi said. “He was not the representative of Osun State but
“He was not the representative of Osun State but he seized the microphone after the leader of Osun team had spoken.”
Olowolabi, however, did not state the reason for the attack of hoodlums on the commissioner who was waylaid, beaten and almost lynched.
Describing the incident as a regrettable one, Olowolabi also advised Ilori to shun violence and thuggery noted that Ondo State was a state of peace, adding that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu believes in peace and also promotes peace.