Former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore has threatened to drag the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Deji of Akure’s Palace to court if he is not allowed to hold his planned Town Hall meeting on the political crisis in the state resulting from Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s ill-health.
He said this in a post via his verified X handle on Monday.
Sowore, who hails from Ondo State, is leading a campaign to compel Akeredolu to resign as governor on grounds of ill health.
The journalist-cum-politician has scheduled the Town Hall meeting for Saturday, December 16 at the Akure Town Hall, managed by the Deji’s Palace Properties Committee.
He said that he had already paid the N100,000 deposit demanded by the committee for usage of the hall only to get a letter from the palace on Monday evening cancelling his reservation.
He said he got the letter after the DSS “invaded” the Deji’s palace and demanded that his booking of the hall be cancelled.
“I received a letter from the Palace of Deji of Akure in Ondo State this evening cancelling my booking of the Akure Hall for our proposed Townhall meeting on #AkeredoluMustResign protest scheduled for December 16th 2023.
“In it, the Palace claimed I was “deceitful “in my booking request for the venue. Let me state clearly that this is slanderous and dishonest. I made it clear that my request was for a townhall meeting to discuss Gov.
@RotimiAkeredolu absence from work and the state of governance in Ondo state.
“I was asked to deposit N100k which I did yesterday and early this morning the palace gave me another contact to discuss possible discounts considering that we were booking the hall for public good.
“I later received a call from the palace that the @OfficialDSSNG ‘invaded” the palace and asked the monarch to refund my money immediately,” Sowore said.
The publisher of Sahara Reporters disclosed that he has instructed his lawyers to file a lawsuit against the palace and the DSS immediately.
“Meanwhile, the townhall meeting will hold as scheduled at Akure Hall on Saturday, December 16th 2023,” Sowore added