Fayose should stop harassing Market Leader, APC warns


Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti State Governor

The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has
condemned the arrest and detention of the
President, Ekiti State Market Women Association,
Mrs. Waye Oso, by the police.
Osho was arrested on Monday evening in her
Akute home on an allegation that she allocated land
for market stalls at the Awedele area of Ado Ekiti to
some women, extorting N93m in the process.
The APC, which alleged that the police were acting
on the orders of Governor Ayodele Fayose,
described the act as “impunity taken too far.”
It further alleged that the arrest of the woman, who
is also the Iyaloja of Ado Ekiti, was a continuation
of the clampdown on influential individuals, who
refused to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party.
Meanwhile, some traders at the Erekesan Market,
Ado Ekiti, on Tuesday, protested at the Ministry of
Lands, Housing and Urban Development, where
they alleged that they paid N19,000 each to Osho
without being allocated spaces at the Awedele
Speaking on behalf of the aggrieved market
women, Mrs. Joke Aduloju, a cloth seller at the
market called on the government to address the
She said, “Traders in all the units in the market
including pepper sellers, sellers of dresses, shoe
sellers and many others paid the money. But it
was regrettable that some have yet to be allocated
But the state Publicity Secretary of the APC, Taiwo
Olatubosun, in a statement on Tuesday expressed
concerns over the governor’s relentless
humiliation of the market women leader over the
He stated that the govenor had been in a running
battle with the woman for being sympathetic to the
erstwhile APC government.
Olatubosun said that the allegation raised against
Osho was untrue because the land in question
belonged to the Odu’a Investment Company which
operated as an independent entity.
He said, “Former Governor Kayode Fayemi
established a private partnership scheme with the
Odu’a Investment Company Limited that would
empower vulnerable women and youths in the
“Fayemi directed the Ekiti Enterprise Development
Agency with Seyi Ayeleso as the Director-General
to help Ekiti women get a place within the Odu’a
complex in Ado Ekiti. This land belongs to the Odu’a
Investment Company Limited. He wrote to Odu’a
asking for their approval and it was granted.
“Odu’a and the women signed an agreement for a
25-year lease to the market women at no cost to
them but they would only pay N3,000 per shop to
Odu’a on completion. All documents giving details
of the above are still in EEDA office for
The APC spokesman expressed surprise at the
manipulation of these facts to give an impression
that Osho had committed a crime, saying the
government had no business with the Awedele
Olatubosun added that this was the second time in
the last three months that the market women
leader would be harassed by the governor who
“has vowed to make life difficult for her until she
openly pledges loyalty to the ruling party.”

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