By Dayo Johnson
Akure—HOODLUMS yesterday beat up and stripped the Osun state Commissioner for Regional integration, Hon Bola Ilori, naked during the All Progressive Congress, APC, Committee on True Federalism and Restructuring held in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
Ilori’s white long sleeve shirt and singlet were torn while the timely intervention of security operatives prevented further assault on him.
The ugly incident disrupted the meeting which had in attendance the state leader of the committee Racheal Akpabio, state deputy governor Agboola Ajayi, state chairman Ade Adetimehin and the vice chairman south west of the party chief Pius Akinyelure, state commissioners and traditional rulers.
Other top party leaders from other south west states were equally in attendance to make presentations on behalf of their states
For over 30 minutes pandemonium reigned supreme at the International Event Centre, the venue of the meeting.
Signs that a problem was looming was noticed when llori was booed by the party members when he was making an addendum to the Osun state presentation after their leader Adedeji Gbadegesin had spoken.
He was about leaving the venue, after the presentation, when some thugs mugged him and nearly stripped him naked.
The members of the party from Osun state were said to have gone wild following the treatment Ilori meted out to their leader.
Stones and other dangerous weapons were freely used by the party members outside the venue.
Security operatives efforts to calm party members from other states proved abortive as most of them fled the venue.
In an interview llori alleged that it was the state Secretary to Government SSG lfedayo Abegunde that sent his boys to beat him up.
Ilori said that his molestation by the boys loyal to Abegunde was against the senatorial election in 2019.
According to him the boys accused him of being a chieftain of the Alliance for Democracy AD and didn’t support the governor Rotimi Akeredolu in the last governorship election.
He said that the incident would have recorded casualties if he had not pleaded with party members from retaliating.
But the Ondo state information commissioner Yemi Olowolabi said that the Osun delegates came to the venue to foment trouble.
Olowolabi said that they came with charms and cudgels to attack members of the party in the state.
The commissioner alleged that Ilori seized the microphone after the leader of the delegates from Osun State made a presentation.
“ What happened was avoidable if he had not seized the microphone which must have provoked the party members.
Olowolabi added that the event was peaceful until ilori seized the microphone when he was not the leader of the delegate from the state.
He commended the state Deputy governor, party chairman and secretary to government for prevailing on party members not to take the laws into their hands despite the unwarranted provocation by the Osun delegates.