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By: Oluwatosin Adesola
It was a show of shame when there was a pandemonium at the venue of the distribution of palliative items to the residents of Ondo, the headquarters of the Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo State as the residents reportedly turn down the items .
SUNSHINETRUTH learnt from a 55 seconds video which had gone viral on the social media that the aggrieved people ordered the vehicles that brought the palliative items, to the Oba Adesanoye Civic Center, to leave the scene.
While some of the people in the video were shouting Ole, Ole ! ( thiefs, thieves! ). Shortly after, the vehicles left the place.
A reliable source told SUNSHINETRUTH that the rejection was as a result of the alleged failure of the team leader who brought the items and Ondo State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mrs Lola Fagbemi, to carry the community leaders of the town along, when the pallatives were brought to the town.
The source said, “Mrs Fagbemi was in charge of the distribution of the palliatives but when they brought them to the town, they did not inform the Kabiyesi, nor the council chairman nor other leaders in the community.
“So this infuriated the people and they asked them to go away with the items because there would not be objectivity in the distribution if the community leaders were not carried along.”
Another source said the people of the community rejected the items because the chairman of the local government, Mr Adewale Adelakun, was not carried along , which was against the instruction of the governor.
According to the source, ” the supporters of the council chairman and that of the commissioner ( Mrs Fagbemi) had altercation at the venue of the distribution which almost led to a free-for-all, over the distribution of the palliatives.
” Fagbemi did not inform the chairman . This did not go down well the chairman’s supporters and there were altercations . It was at that point that the people said they didn’t want the palliatives again and they were taken back to Akure.”
The source however said the matter was later resolved after the intervention of the state governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu.
In a reaction, Mrs Lola Fagbemi, who reacted through a statement, issued by her media aide, Oyedele Abiodun, said the palliatives were not rejected by the people.
She said, “The arrangement for the distribution of the palliatives was only adjusted to enhance a conducive environment and atmosphere in ensuring that the palliatives get to our people in Ondo West regardless of political affiliations.
“Ondo West people are grateful to Arakunrrin Rotimi Akeredolu for this timely gesture to cushion the economy effects of COVID-19 sit-at-home directive by the government.”
However, another account accused the caretaker Chairman of Ondo west of sponsoring thugs to disrupt the distribution of the palliatives.
A close political associate of Mrs Fagbemi, noted that the council boss wanted to hijack the palliatives for his supporters in the local government area.