Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State has directed the All Progressives Congress (APC) caretaker committee in the state to withdraw the case against some chieftains of the party.
Naija News reports that the seven APC members reportedly loyal to former Governor Rauf Aregbesola were arraigned on Monday by the State Police Command before a Magistrates Court sitting in Osogbo.
It was learned that the politicians were accused of assaulting Muideen Ajetunmobi and Usman Lekan at the APC Secretariat on August 14, 2021.
They were accused of also invading the party secretariat with armed thugs.
Some of the loyalists of the Minister of Interior arraigned include former party Chairman, Lowo Adebiyi, Caretaker Secretary of the party, Rasaq Salinsile, and former Commissioner for Works and Transportation, Engr Kazeem Salami.
Others are former Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Special Needs, Com. Biyi Odunlade, former Special Adviser on Taxation, Barr. Gbenga Akano, a member of the APC in Ilesa, Alaba Popoola and one Azeez Adekunle.
The seven APC members all pleaded not guilty to the two-count preferred against them before Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara.
But in a statement on Tuesday through his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, Oyetola ordered that the case against them be withdrawn.
Omipidan disclosed that the Governor who was away when the incident occurred summoned an emergency meeting on Monday and insisted that as members of the same family, whatever differences should resolved internally.
Therefore, Oyetola asked the APC chairman in the state to withdraw the complaints.
“The invasion of the party secretariat by armed thugs stands condemned as no sane society will condone the resort to self-help in settling disagreements within a family,” the statement read.
“But as the Governor, I have directed our party chairman to discontinue the matter in the interest of peace and harmony within the party.”