…Kinsmen cry out, petition APC leadership
Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
A group, Concerned Indigenes of Ijebu North (Diaspora), has submitted a petition to the national and Ogun State leaderships of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, over the adoption of Oduniyi Adelaja as the House of Assembly consensus candidate to represent Ijebu North 2 otherwise known as Ifelodun State Constituency.
In the petition dated September 16, signed by Adekoya Moshood and Adegbesan Dapo, president and secretary of the association respectively, a copy obtained by our correspondent on Tuesday, Oduniyi, was alleged to be a suspected kingpin of the dreaded Badoo cult group.
According to the association in the petition, which was addressed to the national chairman with copies sent to the deputy national chairman, national secretary, the legal adviser as well as Ogun State chairman and secretary of the ruling party, the House of Assembly consensus candidate, popularly known as ‘Happy’ was said to have been arrested by men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, Ikeja, Lagos, on May 7, 2017, over his alleged involvement with cult group, notorious for killing several people for ritual purposes in Ikorodu town and its environs.
He was said to have been granted bail on May 11, 2017 but was still under police Investigation and reports at the Lagos State Police Headquarters, Ikeja.
The group, further alleged that Oduniyi’s hotel at Ikorodu was sealed up by the police for allegedly running a prostitution ring and harbouring people suspected to be criminals.
The candidate, according to the petition, was said to have fled Ikorodu and relocated to Ago Iwoye, when some human parts were allegedly found on the premises of his filing station.
The group observed that since Oduniyi’s announcement as the consensus candidate, suspected cult members, numbering about 50 and who had terrorised Ago Iwoye and Oru in Ijebu North local government had resurfaced to continue with their dastard acts of killing and maiming.
It has therefore appealed to both the Ogun State and national leadership of APC, to investigate and beam their searchlight on the personality of Oduniyi as a consensus candidate of the party.
The petition reads: “We, the above association, wish to draw the attention of both the national and Ogun State leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC to the adoption of Oduniyi Adelaja, as the consensus candidate, to represent Ijebu North 2 (Ifelodun State Constituency), at the Ogun State House Of Assembly.
“While we are not politicians and not interested in how any party runs its affairs, our concern for peace, progress and tranquility in Ago Iwoye and environs, has made it our responsibility to express our observation, reservation and take our stand, on issues that affect the constituency.
“Thus, we want to state clearly that the Ogun APC House of Assembly adopted consensus candidate, in the person of Oduniyi Adelaja, popularly known as ‘Happy’, is an alleged dreaded Badoo Cult kingpin.
“He was, however, on the 7th of May, 2017, arrested by men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja, Lagos, for his alleged involvement in the activities of Badoo Cult, which had claimed many lives in Ikorodu and environs.
“Oduniyi, was granted bail on the 11th of May, but he is still under police investigation as he still reports at the Lagos State Police Headquarters, Ikeja.
“Similarly, his hotel in Ikorodu was sealed by the police for running a prostitution ring as well as harbouring people of questionable character. The prostitutes and the people were also rounded up by the police.
“He later sold his petrol station and fled Ikorodu, after an unconfirmed report that some human parts were found on the premises of the station and he had since relocated to Ago Iwoye.
“It, therefore, came to us as a rude shock when Oduniyi was announced by Ogun APC, to represent us at the Hallowed Chamber. We wonder what kind of law an alleged law breaker would be enacting for the development of Ago Iwoye and well-being of its people.
“It should also be made known that since his announcement as the consensus candidate, over 50 alleged deadly cult members, led by the duo of Femi Olupitan a.k.a ‘Agba Awo’ and Samson a.k.a ‘Agbara’, both who were arrested sometime ago by men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) in Ogun State, for criminal offences, had returned to Ago Iwoye.
“These cultists, who had earlier been subdued in the town, however, got a new lease of life as they went on jubilation galore, smoking Indian hemp and consuming hard drinks in broad daylight, both in Ago Iwoye and Oru towns, to celebrate the candidature of their kingpin. There are pictorial evidences to back this up.
“Subsequently, we want to appeal to both the Ogun State and national leadership of APC, to investigate the above stated allegations and beam their searchlight on the personality of Oduniyi as a consensus candidate of the party.
“Ago Iwoye and its environs have enjoyed peace, progress and tranquility in the recent past, we don’t our constituency to slide back into era of cult clashes, chaos and political killings”.
When contacted on phone by our correspondent to confirm the receipt of the petition, the State Publicity Secretary of APC in Ogun, Wole Elegbede, said it was only the state chairman that can confirm such.
And when contacted, the State APC Chairman, Derin Adebiyi, told our correspondent that he was informed that such a petition was received, but was yet to see it.