The negative consequences of the bitter APC gubernatorial primary in Ogun State are beginning to come into effect as Governor Amosun declares loyalty for two different parties on Monday in the presence of President Buhari. There are also reports that youths loyal to Amosun threw objects at Buhari as he raised up the hand of APC’s gubernatorial candidate, Dapo Abiodun.
At the APC rally on Monday, Amosun told his supporters to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari on February 16 before doing the same for the APM candidate on March 2
“Please, all of you carrying this APM, by the benevolence of the almighty God, all of you are what? APC. By March 2, all of you will turn to what? APM. All of us, whether you carry this APM, you carry anything, this February 16, it is APC.”
Amosun, who is contesting for the Senate under the APC, is supporting Abiodun Akinlade, candidate of the Allied People’s Movement(APM) for Governor.
After his anointed candidate Adekunle Akinlade lost the APC governorship ticket in controversial circumstances to Dapo Abiodun, Amosun moved his structure to the APM.
Two Different Factions
According to media reports, trouble started brewing when it became apparent that two different factions of the party had organized different receptions for the president in the state. A faction is led by a former governor of the state, Segun Osoba, while the other is led by the state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun.
The Osoba faction, which controls the caretaker committee of the party in the state, has been running the affairs of the party weeks after the controversial party primaries.
On Sunday, while Osoba’s faction was planning for Buhari’s visit, Amosun was said to have mobilised various people and organisations across the state to the venue, MKO Abiola International stadium.
Osoba’s faction had issued a statement signed by the state Publicity Secretary of the APC Caretaker committee, Tunde Oladunjoye, announcing the visit of Buhari to the state.
The statement reads in part,
“While enjoining our members, supporters and well-wishers to come in their large numbers and arrive early for the rally, we want to remind the members of the public, especially the security agents, that this is an APC rally.”
It added, “We must ensure a peaceful and hitch-free event that will give Mr President a befitting reception and make the event memorable.”
Allegations Against Amosun
The Osoba faction had alleged that Governor Amosun was planning to sponsor members of the Allied People’s Movement to cause violence in the state during and after the presidential rally.
Part of the statement, signed by Oladunjoye, also reads, “It has become necessary to alert the general public, especially the security agencies, that the members of the Allied People’s Movement, being sponsored by the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, are planning to disrupt and cause mayhem and bloodshed at the presidential rally slated for the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta tomorrow, Monday”
“Intelligence reports at our disposal reveal that leaders of the surrogate party have been circulating messages to their members to attend the APC presidential rally in specific uniforms and campaign materials in such a way that they will be identified and saved from attacks that will be unleashed on the APC members as soon as the flag is presented to the APC candidate, Prince Dapo Abiodun.
“The plan to embarrass the President and attack our members at the rally has actually been on for about a month and it is only being perfected now. Governor Amosun is mobilising people who have been instructed to boo the President when he hands over the flag to the APC governorship candidate, Prince Dapo Abiodun.”
The statement adds, “To prepare grounds for this machination, some hoodlums were empowered to paint some of the signages of the APM with black paints with the evil intention of ascribing the act to the APC members.
“This was the same thing Amosun did in 2003 and heaped the blame on Aremo Olusegun Osoba.
“Violent uproars will also be sponsored in some local government councils and development areas with a plan to suspend their chairmen who have been tagged as loyalists of Prince Dapo Abiodun.”
It appears that the warnings by the Osoba faction was true afterall as the APC had one of its most disgraceful outings on Monday.
President Muhammadu Buhari was almost hit by stones during the event, as hoodlums aimed at the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomole and the party’s flagbearer, Dapo Abiodun.
As he began to speak, persons suspected to be hoodlums started throwing stones at him and one of the stones flew in the direction where the President was sitting. He was saved by one of the security operatives who took the hit for the President.
Following the violence, the organisers paused the programme for some minutes while party chieftains quarrelled among themselves. Bola Tinubu could be seen shouting at Governor Amosun.
Violence erupted when Oshiomhole was invited to the podium for his speech.
The development angered the leaders of the party, including former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, who left the podium while the President was making his remarks.