November 17, 2008

Controversy trails Daniel, Iyabo-Obasanjo face-off

The Oyo State Governor, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, on Sunday described the clash between the Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and the Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, in Ogbomoso on Saturday as most unfortunate.

Daniel and the daughter of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo were among hundreds of dignitaries who graced the wedding of the daughter of Alao-Akala, Olamide; and her husband, Mr. Olayode Alabi.

The incident drew the attention of guests at the First Baptist Church, Okelerin, Ogbomoso, venue of the wedding. This forced Alao-Akala to demand that the programme be rounded off on time to avoid a major clash.

Alao-Akala, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Public Communication, Mr. Dotun Oyelade, told our correspondent on the phone on Sunday afternoon that the governor viewed the incident as very embarrassing.

He insisted that the duo carried over the disagreement between them to his party and that the incident should have been avoided in the church.

He said, “The governor will not make further comments on the issue. I can assure you that the incident was an importation of a local politics that would not distract the governor from the sublime and profound joy of the occasion.”

However, a clearer picture of what actually happened during the church service between Daniel and Obasanjo-Bello emerged on Sunday when our correspondent learnt that the clash did not take place on the dancing floor.

Contrary to media reports, it was learnt that Obasanjo-Bello, who sat directly behind Daniel, was checked by a security aide of the governor that her movements was disturbing his boss.

Rather than taking the coreection in good faith, Obasanjo-Bello, allegedly hit the security man on the chest, a situation that drew the attention of everybody in the church.

Efforts by our correspondent to get a detailed account from the church authorities failed on Sunday. But a guest who sat close to the scene explained on a condition of anonymity, that the security man went to Obasanjo Bello when he discovered that his boss was feeling uncomfortable with the Senator’s head-gear and her body movements.

Meanwhile, the Senate has said it cannot do anything about the alleged physical assault on an aide of Daniel until it hears from Obasanjo-Bello.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Information and Media, Senator Ayogu Eze said this in a telephone interview with our Correspondent, on Sunday.

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