*Convoy in sporadic shootings
By Temitope Adedeji
Things have eventually fallen apart and the centre can no longer hold. That is between Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko and his estranged Deputy, Alhaji Alli Olanusi, since the latter defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressive Congress.
Akure, the state capital, on Monday witnessed sporadic gunshots between the convoy of the Deputy Governor and some security agents assigned to stop the convoy of the number 2 man in the state from accessing the Alagbaka Government House.
It was as if those who around the place were watching a James Bond film. But they all ran for safety. Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor had gone to his hometown, Supare-Akoko in Akoko South-west area of the state since he defected to APC on March 28,2015 a few days before the presidential election to canvass votes for General Muhammadu Buhari of APC.
On sighting the convoy of the Deputy Governor from a distance around Fiwasaye Area of Akure Metropolis, going towards Alagbaka Government House, some overzealous security personnel were seen blocking the road with some youths chanting war songs against Olanusi.
This made his armed security men to open fire at the youths and the security officers. In the process, many were injured including some personnel on duty at a road block at the gate to the Government House.
Confirming the incident, the state’s Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, alleged that the Deputy Governor had been empowered from Osogbo, Osun State capital, to cause commotion in Ondo as it was done in Ekiti State.
Also reacting, Governor Mimiko said the APC should learn to accept defect. He said the party was trounced in the just-concluded state House of Assembly election. PDP won 19 seats to 5 seats by APC in the election.
The election in two constituencies of Ilaje remains inconclusive.
Meanwhile, men of the Nigerian army were seen moving round the city to restore peace and quench the fire of oppression from any quarter.