Osun Governor Ademola Adeleke left the Osogbo Eid prayer ground angrily after he clashed with ex-senate spokesperson, Ajibola Basiru over sitting arrangement.
It was gathered that Basiru arrived the Eid prayer ground with Asiwaju of Osogbo, Chief Tunde Badmus and other prominent sons of Osogbo to observe two rakat congregational prayer.
Basiru sat on the reserved front-row seat but a protocol of Adeleke approached to inform him it was the seat kept for the Governor.
Our correspondent observed Basiru changed his seat to another front row seat, which the protocol still kicked against.
Just about then, Governor Adeleke arrived the Eid prayer ground and Chief Badmus left his seat to welcome him from the gate of the prayer ground.
On his arrival, it was noticed that the protocol of the Governor insisted that Basiru should leave the front row, which some indigenes resisted on the basis Basiru is one of their prominent sons.
The scene led to an uproar and Adeleke left the area back to his car.
After some minutes, he returned and noticed that Basiru was still sitting in the front row. He then left angrily without praying.
Shortly after the Governor left, Police operatiws arrived the prayer ground and shut the gate, worshippers that they were to arrest Basiru on the instructions of the Government.
The worshippers resisted and forced the gate open. The Turakat prayer was observed by Basiru and other prominent indigenes of Osogbo after which they all left the prayer ground.
MOUTHPIECE NGR understands that after the prayers, the entrance to the prayer ground was locked by the police, following claims that an order had come for Basiru’s arrest, but the entrance was later opened and the participants left the premises.
Reacting to the development, Spokesperson to the Osun Governor, Olawale Rasheed, described the situation as assassination attempt on the life of the Governor.
He said Adeleke has ordered arrest of those behind the “attack” on him.
“My good people of Osun, I appeal for calm and urge us to continue to celebrate the Sallah festival in peace. I am safe by the special grace of God”, the statement quoted the Governor as saying.
“I have directed security agencies to arrest those behind the incident and get them to face the wrath of the law. The Commissioner of Police has been directed to arrest those involved no matter how highly placed.
The State Government had meanwhile condemned the orchestrated attacks on the Governor by stalwarts of the All Progressives Congress at the praying ground. Members of the public will recall an earlier security alert on an evil plot to destabilize the peace and stability of Osun state.
In his reaction, the Osun State chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Tajudeen Lawal berated the State government on the development.
Lawal stated that his understanding of protocol is that if a governor is to visit a place of which a praying ground is included, it’s the duty of the advanced party of the governor and his protocol unit to make a solid preparation with reference to the security of sitting arrangement.
The APC chairman observed that there was no reason why such lapses of the government protocols would not be experienced since the statutory security agents, the DSS, who were with Governor Adeleke before have not been brought back after there was an allegation that one of them was slapped by a female member of the governor’s family.
“The way and manner that the conventional policemen attached to the governor who are performing the statutory role of the DSS officers dress, has exposed them as heavily deficient in their strange assignment.