The Council-Manager of Ede North Area Council, Mrs. Nike Adepoju escaped being lynched at the premises of Osun Assembly complex by protesters over the inauguration of the newly elected councillors for the council.
Mrs. Adepoju, who was invited for a meeting by the House Committee Chairman on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, based on the petition written against her by aggrieved elected councillors, was saved by pressmen at the assembly, who whisked her away to an office.
The council-manager, while coming out of the meeting held at the parliamentary room of the assembly, was ambushed by protesters, who were apparently not satisfied with the resolution of the lawmakers.
During the meeting, the aggrieved councillors alleged that they were deliberately locked out of the venue of the inauguration, which took place on Feb. 22.
They added that the locking them out denied them the opportunity of taking an oath of office and also participate in the selection of Executive Secretary that would lead the team.
They said the council manager acted in connived with the State Commissioner for Local Government, Mr. Kolapo Alimi.
Responding, Mr. Alimi said the affected councillors refused to show up for the inauguration, saying that he later ordered the council manager to proceed with the inauguration since they were duly informed .
Speaking earlier at the meeting, Mr Uthman Kamil, who was the sole councillor inaugurated out of the three councillors, confirmed that he was the only one at the venue of the inauguration.
However, the affected councillors, Ismail Adeniyi and Oyewale Sheriff, in their separate responses, stated that they were not duly informed of the venue of the inauguration.
They said they were directed to different places apart from the designated venue for the inauguration.
Other All progressive Members who were also at the meeting said that they would resist any act of imposing a candidate on them.
The lawmakers in their remarks appealed to the aggrieved parties to sheath their sword as the house would like into it with a view of finding a lasting solution to the issue.
They however berated the Council Manager for carrying out the inauguration in the absence of others.
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