Drama at Ogun APC Presidential rally



The presidential rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, ended abruptly yesterday.



Scores of hoodlums chanting the slogan of a rival party and its governorship candidate seized the main bowl of the stadium, pelted dignitaries, including President Muhammadu Buhari, with stones.

But the President’s security aides shielded him from harm.

President Buhari arrived the stadium around 3 p.m in company of Vice-President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole, National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and former APC Interim Chairman Chief Bisi Akande, Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

Others are: former Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola, former Ogun State Governor Aremo Segun Osoba and the party’s governorship candidate, Prince Dapo Abiodun.

The party’s leaders hurriedly raised the hand of Abiodun after addressing the rally.

Trouble began when Oshiomhole took the microphone and announced that they were in the state for the presidential campaign and to give Abiodun the emblem of the party as the governorship candidate.

The hoodlums were apparently waiting for the announcement as they immediately started hurling stones and other objects at the APC leaders and other dignitaries.

There was chaos and apprehension everywhere.
The people scampered for safety while the hoodlums refused to be calmed when Governor Ibikunle Amosun pleaded with them not to “disgrace” him.

Before the arrival of President Buhari and other dignitaries, scores of the hoodlums, who had continued singing the slogan of a rival governorship candidate and his party, had sacked supporters of the Prince Abiodun from the stadium.

Other APC members and supporters seated and awaiting the arrival of the President were also chased away as the thugs hurled stones, shoes and other weapons at them.

Many were injured in the sustained attacks, forcing thousands of people to leave the stadium while they awaited the President’s arrival.

The attacks began few minutes to 1 p.m and peaked about 45 minutes later. Within 10 minutes, all the seats and positions occupied by Abiodun’s supporters and others APC members were deserted.

The stones and objects the hoodlums hurled at the guests fell on them in torrents.

Some of the hoodlums were overheard brazenly boasting that “this is Ogun and nobody can intimidate us”.

The thugs kept throwing stones even when the APC members and supporters of Abiodun began to flee from the venue.

Elderly men and women and party supporters laboured to scale the stadium’s fence in desperate bid to escape the attacks many alleged was sponsored by the governor.

Outside the stadium, gunshots rang out repeatedly.

Dozens of armed soldiers and other security agencies battled to prevent the entry of another batch of hoodlums who were allegedly ferried to the venue to sustain the assault on the rally inside the main bowl of the stadium.

Many were appalled that the Fuji musician called to entertain at the event, prodded the hoodlums on with inciting lyrics.

Security agents, who ought to ensure orderliness at the venue, acted as though it was not their business.

There were fears about the safety of APC chieftains, like former deputy governor, Senator Gbenga Kaka, Abiodun’s running mate, Noimot Oyedele-Salako, Chief Tolu Odebiyi and others.

Many wondered if they were able to leave the stadium unscathed.

Senator Kaka accused security agencies of unprofessional conduct.

He added that they looked away while dignitaries were attacked by political thugs.
Drama at Ogun APC Presidential rally Drama at Ogun APC Presidential rally Reviewed by SISI JOKE on February 12, 2019 Rating: 5

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