By Our Reporter
Family and associates have continued to express worries about the whereabous and safety of Hon joseph Funsho Solomon-Adesanya, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who was last seen six days to the November 2019 governorship election in Kogi State.
Family sources said the politician’s absence during the burial of his younger sister, Damilola in Egbe recently after a protracted illness despite efforts to reach him, futher fuelled fears for his safety.
Solomon-Adesanya whose father, late Pa Solomon Gbadebo was an active member of the defunct Action Group (AG) in Lagos during Nigeria’s First Republic is believed to have fled his hometown, Egbe, Yagba West Local Government for Lagos on November 10 2019, following a tip that he was marked for kidnap by unidentified armed thugs.
The family source told our reporter that he left Kogi State for Lagos for his safety on the discovery of alleged plans to arrest and detain him subject to political intimidation and has yet to return.
Newspaper reports had been swash of the arrest of about 32 politicians belonging to the opposition who were among the abductees allegedly picked up by men in uniform in the run up to the November 16, 2019 election in Kogi State including a prominent hotelier in Mopa, Mopamuro Local Council area.
Contrary to initial fears that Solomon-Adesanya was among members of the opposition allegedly arrested or kidnapped by political thugs on the eve of the election, the politician is said to have been forced to go into hiding for fear of persecution.
His wife, Mrs Alice Iyabo Solomon-Adesanya would not speak to the press about her husband’s destination.
It will be recalled that the PDP on November 11, 2019 through its National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan, had raised the alarm that a list of its members had been drawn across the state for arrest over spurious allegations.
It accused the ruling party of being behind the plans to arrest, detain and eliminate its members ahead of the election calling for the intervention of the heads of security agencies and President Muhammadu Buhari.
Kogi State Government spokesman Kingsley Fanwo had denied allegations of interference with the arrests saying the security agencies were doing their job.
The election was later adjudged as one of the most violent in the nations history by election monitors and observers.
10 people were allegedly killed including PDP Women Leader in Ochadamu, Ofu Local Government who was burnt alive in her house.