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Family embarks on prayer, fasting over missing ex-lawmaker

Family embarks on prayer, fasting over missing ex-lawmaker

 

The family members of a missing former lawmaker in Ogun State have embarked on prayer and fasting sessions to enable him return home.  

The ex-councillor, Mr. Kolawole Maliki Olonade, represented Ward 6 in Abeokuta North Local Government under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) between 2004 and 2007.

Elder sister to the legislator, Mrs. Adedoyin Olonade, said the family took the decision as the disappearance, about two months ago, was no longer bearable.

“But then, we are hoping and praying that Maliki is safe wherever he may be for now,” Olonade said, adding that the family took the steps as their contributions in knowing the whereabouts of the former councillor and his safe return.

According to her, the family believed that Kolawole, who was also a Liaison Officer to Abeokuta North Local Government, went into hiding due to political reasons.

She explained that the family came to that conclusion after the former councillor recently told them of his fears over political issues within the PDP.

“He told my brother about his fears over political matters within his party sometimes ago,” she said, just as she further stated that the disappearance was still a misery to the family in Abeokuta.

Olonade also said that her brother, who had indicted interest to contest Abeokuta North Constituency seat in the Ogun State House of Assembly in 2019, was a gentleman.

Her words: “We are indeed worried that we don’t know my brother’s whereabouts.  I know Maliki (his Muslim name) has expressed fear sometimes ago about dispute over political issues among the elders of his party, PDP, and some fellow members, but we advised him to take it cool.”

She added: “In fact, I recall another family member, a brother, Taofiki Olonade, telling me that some thugs came to look for the councillor in his house, but fortunately he wasn’t there.” 

“In fact, a friend of Maliki too said the same thing that his house was visited by the hoodlums,” Olonade said of her brother, who was a member of the Revenue Mobilisation Committee in the local government.

According to her, the fear expressed by the former lawmaker could have led to his bolting away into safety till the environment is conducive enough for him to return.

“My brother is a gentleman; though a politician, but you know the kind of politics we play in this country,” Olonade said, while stressing further: “You are aware that often when politicians are in contest for the same political offices or positions, they see themselves as enemies.”

She also said:  “We are not folding our arms at all; we are doing all within our limits to know my brother’s whereabouts.   And with Allah (God) on our side, we are hoping all shall be well.

“For now, I expect to see less tension in the political field as there are not much contests presently, but you can’t trust politicians in Nigeria with the way they see opposing aspirants who show interest in the same political offices they are also eyeing.”

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