There is tension in Ogun State as supporters of the Allied People’s Movement (APM) have taken over the presidential rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The rally has just ended in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, with President Muhammadu Buhari; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Bola Tinubu, APC National Leader; Adams Oshiomhole, APC National Chairman, among others in attendance.
Trouble started when Rotimi Amaechi, Director General of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, told the people not to make any error during the forthcoming election and support the APC for all contested positions in the state.
However, when Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Governor of Ogun State, took the stage, he appealed to the party supporters to support Buhari’s reelection bid, but leave the matter of the governorship election till later.
“When it’s March 2nd, we know what we’re going to do. The other one, on March 2nd, we will resolve it. This one is for President Muhammadu Buhari. Please I beg you in the name of God, please don’t be angry,” Amosun pleaded with the supporters.
However, as Adams Oshiomhole took to the stage to present the flag of the party to Dapo Abiodun, the APC governorship candidate, the crowd went wild and hurled various objects at the Oshiomhole and Abiodun.
Security operatives had to rush to shield the President from the objects.
Osinbajo tried to pacify the crowd to initial success, but the crowd soon went so berserk that Oshiomhole, traditionally the longest speaker at APC rallies, spoke for less than a minute after being boed and shouted down for close to five minutes.
SaharaReporters, New York