The Governor of Osun, Ademola Adeleke has withdrawn all the official vehicles of the Association of Market Women across all the 30 local government areas of the State after they attended the rally of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress(APC) Candidate, Bola Tinubu.
It would be recalled that Osun State stood still for the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who on Thursday staged a mega rally to drum support for his political ambition.
The event which took place at the Osun Capital had a canopy designated for the market women during the rally.
Following their attendance, Governor Adeleke ordered the retrieval of all the government-owned official vehicles procured during the administration of Rauf Aregbesola of APC.
It was gathered that officials of the Osun State Government in the company of Nigerian police and members of PDP stormed the residence of the Iyaloja General, Alhaja Awawu Asindemade, at Kolabalogun area of Ososgbo and retrieved the vehicles.
The gesture was also extended to all the houses of the leaders of market women in the state.
The Iyaloja General, Chief Asindemade, confirmed while speaking to Naijinfo that vehicles of market women across the state have been collected by the current state administration because they attended Tinubu’s rally.
She berated the action of the government stating that the market women are for every government since the military days.
According to her, “We are not a bastard, we attended the rally of Tinubu in Osun State, it is our choice and we have the right to it.
We back Tinubu’s presidency, it is our turn. We have lost the chance for 60 years running now, he will emerge by God’s grace.
The present government of Osun met us in the state, we worked with his elder brother(Isiaka Adeleke) who was the governor. They did not collect the official vehicles of other unions but they collected ours.
“We work with the government of the day, I attended the swearing-in programme of Adeleke and several programmes of the new government.
Before they get to power, they have created several factions of their market women which they are recognising now. He will not be the first to be the governor and not the last, history will always be there.”
Corroborating the condemnation by the leader of the market women, the Osun APC Acting Chairman, Tajudeen Lawal, said the action of Adeleke is insensitive, inconsiderate and vindictive.
He said intimidation of any kind will not stop the victory of APC during the forthcoming general election.
However, the caretaker chairman of PDP, Dr Adekunle Akindele, in a statement warned that they should not be involved in the market women union tussle, saying, “it is a bid to seek sympathy.”