Ondo state commissioner for women affairs and social development, Adebunmi Osadahun, has been attacked over distribution of federal government palliative in Akoko Northwest local government area of the state.
Osadahun was reportedly attacked by a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Olumide Awolumate, for removing his name from the beneficiaries of the palliative in Arigidi.
A viral video showed how the party leader popularly called Cuba engaged the commissioner in a public fisticuff. In an attempt for the commissioner to charge at Cuba, he used a chair to hit her head and also attempt 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. Ondo government last week flagged off the distribution of palliatives to vulnerable households in the state and Commissioners were asked to lead in the 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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