It is a clear indication Nigerians has rejected this administration – PDP
The Ogun State All Progressives Congress Presidential Rally at the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta on Monday was marred by suspected thugs who pelted the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, with stones and water sachets.
Violence erupted when Oshiomhole was invited to the podium for his speech. As he began to speak, suspected hoodlums started throwing stones at him and one of the stones reportedly flew in the direction of the President but he was saved by one of the security operatives who was hit by one of the stones thrown in the direction of the APC chairman.
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 event was temporarily brought to a halt, with Mr Amosun begging the unruly party members to desist from the bad behaviour.
“Please in the name of God, it is enough, don’t disgrace me, God will not destroy your work, please don’t destroy my work,” the governor hollered in vain.
Other dignitaries the development forced to flee the podium includeGovernors Rotimi Akeredolu, Kayode Fayemi and Akinwunmi Ambode of Ondo, Ekiti and Lagos respectively as well as former governors Olusegun Osoba and Bisi Akande.
Responding to the violence on Monday PDP said the assault on President Buhari, the Vice-President and the party chieftains was a direct message by Nigerians that they had rejected APC.
“The people of Ogun State, and indeed, the South-West, have shown that they are in direct alignment with other states and geopolitical zones of our country in rejecting President Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, whose administration has foisted so much injustice and brought unprecedented pain and anguish to Nigerians,” the statement by the PDP Spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan said.