From WOLE BALOGUN, Ado-Ekiti
The All Progressive Congress (APC) Governorship Aspirant in Ekiti State, Kayode Ojo has reached out to some party chieftains incarcerated in Ado-Ekiti Prisons for crimes relating to political violence.
The inmates, including Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) leader in the state, Prince Niyi Adedipe (Apase), Rotimi Olabiwonnu (Mentilo), Sola Adenijo (Solar), Bayo Aderiye (Ojuigo), Ajayi Kayode, Sola Durodola and Osi Farotimi, were put behind bars for alleged offences relating to political violence during the gubernatorial election in June 2014.
Ojo who donated food items and cash gifts to the party leaders and members, expressed concern over their plight when he visited at the prison recently. He later met with the wives of the party chieftains and promised to put up a committee immediately to liaise with the families of the detainees to know more of their pressing needs requiring urgent attention. He told them the party would take necessary legal and administrative steps to address what he alleged as injustice against them.
One of the wives of the inmates, Mrs. Falilat Olabiwonnu, described the intention to take up their children school fees as laudable: “We want to believe that our husbands were being victimised politically. But we appeal that you leaders should help us to seek justice for them. The lives of our children and their future are very important to us. Taking up their bills so that they can return to their schools is a legacy we will never forget.”
Other wives of the inmates are, Adeniyi Kehinde, Falaye Bunmi, Blessing Durodola, Ajayi Janet, Adenijo Seun, Sikirat Eyebiokin and Mrs Adedipe Idowu.
Ojo described the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke of Osun State as a consummate politician whose demise created a big vacuum in the South West politics: “Senator Adeleke displayed uncommon bravery as a freedom fighter as a civilian governor of Osun State and his landmark achievements had made him a darling name, which necessitated his being elected twice as a senator representing Osun West, the position he held until his demise.”