Palliatives: APC chairman reportedly breaks chair on commissioner’s head

CITIZENS COMPASS —A party chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) the Akoko North West Local Government area of Ondo State, has reportedly attacked the Commissioner for women affairs and social development in the State, Adebunmi Osadahun, over distribution of federal government palliative. 

The Chairman, Olumide Awolumate was said to have attacked the Commissioner for removing his name from the beneficiaries of the palliative in Arigidi.

This was captured in a video which went viral on Sunday. 

The video captured how the party leader popularly known as Cuba engaged the commissioner in a public fisticuff. 

In an attempt for the commissioner to retaliate, Cuba used a chair to hit her head and also attempted to raise a table before he was stopped.

In the video, the head of the Commissioner was seen swollen.

Sources said Awolumate, who is the APC Ward 1 chairman, was saddened that his name was removed from the beneficiaries of the palliative of the federal government.

Another source who witnessed the fracas said the commissioner reported the assault on her to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) but told her he was not around.

The source said policemen on duty did nothing to prevent the fracas.

The Ondo government last week flagged off the distribution of palliatives to vulnerable households in the state and Commissioners were asked to lead in fhe distribution in their respective local governments.

The state Commissioner for Information, Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, said 1,200 bags of rice would be distributed to 6,000 households in the council area.

She had said: “There will be five people to a bag of rice and here, we have trucks coming in to take the palliatives to various towns in Akoko South East comprising Ipesi, Sosan, Ifira, Epinmi, Isua among others. We have 1,200 bags of rice for Akoko South East and we are targeting  6,000 households in the local government. 

“We have selected the most vulnerable households but based on our experience while we are drawing the list, we have seen that we will go very far. We have Muslim community, Christian Association, Market women, traders association, tailoring association, and Iyalojas among others.

“We have been very diligent in making this selection. We will learn a lot of lessons from the distribution. Whatever lessons we learn, we are going to share it with the main committee and we hope we don’t learn a bad lesson even if we learn a bad lesson, we hope to gain from it because this is the first tranche and lesson learnt we are improved upon.”


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