Oba Frederick Akinruntan of Ugbo-Ilaje in Ondo State has denied multiple claims linking him with election misconducts in the just-concluded State House of Assembly elections in last weekend’s polls.
Oba Akinruntan is the Chairman of Obat Petroleum; given his sufficient means and his political interests, he was said to have hired thugs who went on to unsettle the election processes at different Polling Units in the State, as they seized ballot boxes and rough-handled voters.
Earlier, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, National Publicity Secretary of the APC, revealed that the Oba was key in the many irregularities that affected Ugbo-Ilaje; an oil-rich, riverside area of Ondo State in Saturday’s elections.
Mohammed held that Oba Akinruntan’s son was a candidate for the State House of Assembly elections under the PDP, and this led to his influencing the process unduly through hired thugs.
Akinruntan has since denied all claims of this, stating that he is in no way connected to events in last weekend’s elections as it concerns hooliganism.
“I am hearing these allegations for the first time and it amazed me that some people would link my person with such acts.”
“For the avoidance of doubts, I am in my palace at Ode-Ugbo. I am a traditional ruler and the paramount king of my people; so there is no way I could be involved in partisan political affairs as the father to all.”
“Whoever that is spreading rumours of the involvement of the Olugbo palace in this is a very wicked person.”
“[that my son was a candidate in the election] is not enough for anybody, who comes from a place where they have a monarch, to trample on the integrity of the Olugbo, a throne that had existed for centuries.”
“The Olugbo is not a politician and there is no politics on the Ugbo throne. Politicians should mind the kind of statement they make when they do their politicking and henceforth desist from dragging respectable institutions into the mud”, Punch reports.