The crisis besetring All Progressives Congress Ondo State chapter worsened on Monday as juju was placed at the entrance of the partyâ€™s secretariat along Oyemekun Road in Akure creating fear and discouraging people from entering the complex. Workers at the secretariat, who arrived as early as 8am, were shocked to see charms and palm fronds on the locked gates and the fence of the secretariat. Traditionally, the placing of palm fronds and charms at the entrance of a building implies that nobody should enter the building. Anybody that enters into such a building does so at great risk to their lives. Some of the partyâ€™s leaders informed were not around but those that were around could not do anything about it. It was gathered that immediately the workers saw the charms, they raised the alarm and informed the partyâ€™s leaders.
It was also comfirmed that the development was connected with the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party in recent time. The crisis resulted in two-thirds of the members of State Executive Committee of the party sacking the state chairman, Mr. Isaac Kekemeke, from office. Some officers and men of the Ondo State Police Command were deployed in the scene after the discovery of the charms was later reported at a police station in Akure,in which The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph, said the fetish items at the APC secretariat was found by men of the state command but they did not see those that put the items there. He said â€œWe have not arrested anybody over the incident but we have started our investigation in the matter.â€Mr. Steve Otaloro, the state Director of Publicity of the party, said the members of the party were shocked to see the charms at the gate, describing the incident as unfortunate. Mr. Steve Otaloro said, â€œWe have yet to know the person that placed the juju items at our gate. This is unfortunate. I’m sure that it could not be one of our members because the crises in the party are almost resolved. So, no member could do such a thing when we are already solving our crises. It may be the handiwork of the opposition.â€
Mr. Abayomi Adesanya, the state Publicity Secretary of the party, said the fetish objects placed in the front of the secretariat was a delibrate act in order to prevent the members of the state executive council, led by Mr. Ade Adetimehin, factional chairman, from entering the building. He said, â€œIt is those that donâ€™t want us to enter into the secretariat that put the fetish items at the gate of the secretariat because the chairman has been sacked, and they donâ€™t want the remaining executive members to enter.â€ However, some spiritualists were invited to the scene to pray and remove the items from the gate.
Meanwhile, on Monday Oba Ogunlade Aladetoyinbo, the Deji of Akure kingdom, condemned the sealing off of the APC secretariat by some unknown people, describing the act as sacrilegious. In a statement issued by Mr. Michael Adeyeye, his Chief Press Secretary who is the traditional ruler said “traditionally sealing off of premises remained the prerogative of the palace.” The Deji said, â€œIt is certain that those who carried out this condemnable act are not aware of the cultural and traditional implications of this action. The palace is apolitical and, therefore, should not be dragged into the internal wrangling of any party.â€ The monarch said the palace had sent its emissaries to carry out a thorough investigation on the matter, adding that â€œwe are confident that the culprits will be apprehended in no distant time.â€