The ruling party had a very surprising outing in the course of their campaign rally ahead of the coming elections in the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday at the Ogun State All Progressives Congress presidential rally in Abeokuta, narrowly escaped being stoned as suspected thugs pelted the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, with stones and water sachets, The Punch reports.
The crowd also booed Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Oshiomhole and the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu.
The development angered the leaders of the party, including Tinubu, who left the podium while the President was making his remarks.
Tinubu was so enraged that while he was leaving the podium, he flung the APC’s flag which was placed beside him and went to sit in his car parked in the President’s convoy.
While he was going into the car, he was followed by some suspected thugs who were shouting ‘ole’, ‘ole’ ,’ole ‘ole’ (thief, thief, thief ) after him.
Oshiomhole further aggravated the crisis when he mentioned Dapo Abiodun as the party’s governorship candidate in the state while addressing the crowd.
Upon hearing Abiodun’s name, the crowd started booing Oshiomhole while some threw objects including stones and water sachet at him, prompting security agents to guard him.
Amosun had lost out in his bid to secure the APC governorship ticket for his ally, Adekunle Akinlade.
The governor had accused Oshiomhole and some APC leaders of working against his interest through Abiodun’s emergence.
He also vowed not to hand over to Abiodun.
Shortly after, Akinlade defected to the Allied Peoples Movement and Amosun backed his action.
He even took him to the presidential villa where they met with Buhari.
This, the Ogun APC, claimed was responsible for the violent rally as it alleged that Amosun was behind the crisis on Monday.
While speaking before he was attacked, Oshiomhole had said, “The primary purpose for today is to solicit support for our candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, and to also present the APC flag to our governorship candidate in the state, Prince Dapo Abiodun.”
Also, as soon as Oshiomhole said this, shouts of “Ole! Ole! Ole!” (thief, thief, thief) rent the air as the suspected party thugs pelted him with stones.
The atmosphere became charged to the extent that Amosun had to mount the podium again to beg the hoodlums to stop the attacks on Oshiomhole and others.
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