…We expected it – Ogun PDP
Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta.
Ogun state All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential rally held yesterday at MKO International Stadium, Abeokuta ended in chaos as suspected loyalists of the governor of the state, Sen Ibikunle Amosun hauled stones at President Muhammadu Buhari, his Vice, Prof Yemi Osibajo, the APC governorship candidate for the state, Prince Dapo Abiodun among other dignitaries on the podium.
The incident which forced the programme to end abruptly happened while President Buhari was performing the ritual of raising up the hand of the governorship candidate of the party for the state, Prince Dapo Abiodun.
The President, after finishing his less than five minutes speech had barely raised up the hand of Prince Dapo Abiodun as who the members of the ruling party should vote for during March 2 governorship elections when some suspected loyalists of Gov. Amosun started shouting no, no, after which they were hauling objects at the direction of the dignitaries on the podium.
The security operatives had to quickly form a shield around the president and other dignitaries on the podium after which the programme was abruptly ended with many party members hurriedly leaving the stadium and scampering for safety.
The pointer to the fact that the presidential rally might ended on skirmishes note had been noticed earlier before the arrival of the president when loyalists of the governor who had defected to Allied Peoples Movement (APM) and backing Amosun’s anointed governorship candidate, Hon. Abdulkabir Adekunle Akinlade clashed with the supporters of Prince Dapo Abiodun, the APC gubernatorial candidate for the state.
Gov. Amosun had during his speech urged party members to cast their votes for President Buhari during Saturday presidential poll but should vote for APM governorship candidate, Hon Abdulkabir Akinlade during March 2 gubernatorial election.
The governor repeatedly said “I have told them that the other side is just 5%, they are very insignificant in numbers and this we shall prove to them with our votes on March 2. So, don’t fight with them, don’t create the impression that President Buhari is not our own in Ogun state”.
Meanwhile, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state said it was not expecting anything less than what it called ‘the show of shame’ by members of the ruling party during its presidential rally saying that the party had always shown that it lacked discipline and the safety of the people were never its top priority.
Speaking through its Vice Chairman in the state, Arc. Kayode Adebayo, the party said ” honestly we nursed this fear, we strongly hold that the party that has been on each others throat since they started their campaign might decided to use today’s occasion to further disrupt the peace in the state and we have been proven very right”.
“This is a party that obviously lacks discipline and very confused. They do not deserve the votes of our dear people in Ogun state again and we hope that PDP will benefit massively from their gross acts of indiscipline and restore the state to path of greatness and progress once again”.