Youth leader condemns assault on APC leader, Ojelabi


CITIZENS COMPASS –The Akeweje of Sasa Kingdom in the Alimosho area of Lagos State, Alhaji Wahab Ogunji populaly known as Olori Odo, has lampooned the protesters who recently removed the cap of the Chairman of the ruling political party in Lagos State, All Progressive Congress (APC), Cornelius Ojelabi.

Recall that Ojelabi’s cap was removed at the state secretariat of the party, in Acme, Ogba, and Ikeja, due to wrangling among stakeholders within the party over leadership in Local Government Areas (LGAs).

The crisis that has been brewing in different local governments in Lagos degenerated as some angry youths removed the cap and vented their anger on him last Monday.

Reacting to the assault on Sunday, June 30, 2024, Ogunji who doubles as the Olori Odo of Egbeda Kingdom condemned the act by the protesters saying it is an insult for the younger ones to remove the cap of an elder, especially in Yoruba Land.
He called on the organisers of the protest to tender an unreserved apology to Cornelius.

It will be recalled that the crisis in APC snowballed into an attack in Lagos on Monday which was captured in a viral video.

In the video, the party’s chairman was attacked by aggrieved party members from the Alimosho Local Government, who stormed the party’s secretariat to express their displeasure on how Ojelabi is managing the crisis in their local government.

In a chat with Citizens Compass, the youth leader said removing the cap of an elder should not be condoned in Yoruba Land.

“There are three caucuses of APC in Alimosho; the Justice Forum (Asiwaju Solidarity Movement), Mandate Forum, and the Mandate Movement with their different leaders.

“A Former House of Assembly member and House of Representatives member (names withheld) were behind the protests.

“Both of them should apologise to the party chairman and caution their followers before things disintegrate.
“Their action was totally wrong and if care is not taken, will lay bad examples for Nigerian youths.

“They should have reported him to party leaders rather than taking the law into their hands. Their action has set bad precedents for Nigerian youths.

“Whatever he has done does not warrant being disgraced publicly.”


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