It is no longer news that the All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential rally in Abeokuta, Ogun State was a disaster but the reason for the crowd’s anger has been revealed while the party leader has vowed to deal with whoever is responsible for the show of shame.
The shocking scenes inside the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta, Ogun State during the rally as violence broke out but the biggest surprise was seeing leader of the party Bola Ahmed Tinubu throw the party flag away.
The 66-year-old was obviously disappointed with the behaviour of the crowd as they turned against the candidacy of Dapo Abiodun, who was the APC governorship candidate in the state.
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. But 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.
It was no secret that Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun does not like the preferred candidate of APC after his ally, Adekunle Akinlade failed to secure the mandate from the party.
Amosun had accused Oshiomhole and some APC leaders of working against his interest through Abiodun’s emergence which has been fingered as the major cause of the violent outburst from the thugs.
I wonder what happened to elicit this reaction from an APC leader at the QPC Ogun rally.
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According to reports monitored via the punch newspaper, the teeming crowd awaited the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari, some people believed to be supporters of a political party in the state were seen chasing away supporters of the APC governorship candidate in the state from their seats.
The suspected hoodlums went round the spectators’ side of the stadium, identified Abiodun’s supporters and injured them.
The victims scaled the fence to avoid being harmed by the attackers who threw dangerous objects such as stones and sticks at them.
Our correspondent observed that the attackers, who were armed with weapons such as clubs and charms, pounced on anyone wearing yellow attire, the colour known with Abiodun and his supporters.
It was further observed that many of the victims sustained injuries while trying to escape from the attackers. Some of the people hurriedly removed the clothes and caps bearing Dapo Abiodun’s insignia. Due to the attack, all the seats earlier occupied by Abiodun’s supporters were vacated. President Buhari has subsequently flown in from his campaign rally in Kwara State.
In April 2007, after the elections but before the new governor had taken over, the Federal Government brought Asiwaju Bola Tinubu before the Code of Conduct Tribunal for trial over the alleged illegal operation of 16 separate foreign accounts.
In January 2009, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission cleared Bola Tinubu and governors James Ibori of Delta State and Obong Victor Attah of Akwa Ibom State of charges of conspiracy, money laundering, abuse of office and official corruption in relation to a sale of V-mobile network shares in 2004.
In September 2009, however, there were reports that the British Metropolitan Police were investigating a transaction in which the Lagos State government made an investment in Econet (now Airtel).
Bola Tinubu said the transaction was straightforward and profitable to the state, with no intermediaries involved. The Federal Government rejected a request by Britain to release evidence needed for further investigation and prosecution of the three Nigerian ex-governors in a London court.
In March 2009, there were reports that a plot had been identified to kill Chief Bola Tinubu. The Alliance for Democracy called on the Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro, to conduct a thorough investigation.
Following the victory of the People’s Democratic Party in the April 2007 elections, Bola Tinubu was active in negotiations to bring together the fragmented opposition parties into a “mega-party” capable of challenging the PDP in 2011.
In July 2009, he called for implementation of electoral reforms spelled out in the Uwais report to ensure that the 2011 elections would be as free and fair as the elections of 1993 had been.
In December 2009, there were reports that Babatunde Fashola and Bola Tinubu had fallen out over the issue of whether Fashola should run for reelection in 2011, with Tinubu said to be supporting the commissioner for environment, Muiz Banire.
Tinubu later bowed to pressure and supported Fashola’s candidature which had been adjudged by the public as good. Another scuffle on the successor of Fashola put Tinubu against him in 2015. Fashola later relented and threw his full weight behind Akinwunmi Ambode, the then gubernatorial candidate of the APC, who later succeeded him.