Ondo APC governorship primary: Aiyedatiwa’s commissioner assaults journalist in Akure

Ondo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports development, Mr Saka Ogunleye-Yusuf, Saturday, assaulted a journalist with the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN), Mr Tayo Ikujuni, during the conduct of the All Progressives Congress(APC) governorship primary election.

The fracas happened at Ward 9,  Eji-Oba High school, Oba-Ile in Akure North Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

Yusuf-Ogunleye, who confirmed to have harassed Ikujuni and collected his cell phone and threw it away, said the journalist failed to produce his identity card when asked. 

Recalling the ordeal, Ikujuni said the commissioner ordered some of his political thugs to seize a Samsung tablet phone belonging to the journalist.

“Trouble started at about 11.45 a.m. when I  inquired if the electoral materials had arrived, since they had started counting.

“Immediately, Yusuf-Ogunleye shouted, “who are you. You’re a useless journalist. You’re a stupid journalist. Go away from here. He had to collect my Tecno phone, damaged my Samsung tablet and my wrist watch.

“It was the quick intervention of some party chieftains and security personnel that rescued me from the midst of the Commissioner’s violently looking thugs,” Ikujuni said.

However in a press statement, the state Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Leke Adegbite, condemned the action of the Commissioner.

He described his action as uncivilised, and called on Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa to immediately suspend Mr Saka Ogunleye and launch investigation into the incident. 

“Ondo NUJ observes with sadness that Mr Ogunleye’s attitude to media professionals was unbecoming of a public office holder.  

“We call on Mr Governor, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa to place Mr Saka Ogunleye on indefinite suspension for his physical assault on a Senior journalist like Tayo Ikujunni while performing his constitutional roles of monitoring the APC primaries. 

“We call on the Commissioner to place damaged handset of the journalist and tender unreserved apology to the victim and the media industry. 

“We equally direct Media Houses and professionals to halt the coverage and activities of the Commissioner until our demands are met,” NUJ statement said.