HEADLINE | Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019
By Nwafor Sunday
he All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential campaign, Monday went wrong as hoodlums greeted President Muhammadu Buhari and the party's national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole with stones at the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta.
Violence erupted as Oshiomhole was invited to the podium for his speech. Reports have it that 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.
Buhari was saved by one of his security operatives who took the hit for him.
No official statement has been made to know if the president or anybody sustained injury.
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Oshiomhole pelted with stones, as security men shield Buhari at Ogun rally
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta
resident Muhammadu Buhari on Monday at the Ogun State All Progressives Congress presidential rally held in Abeokuta, escaped being hit by stones as hoodlums pelted the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomole, with stones.
The programme, which commenced officially immediately after President Buhari arrived the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta, was paused for some minutes following the violence.
Violence erupted when Oshiomhole was invited to the podium for his speech.
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.
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.
APC hurriedly ends Ogun presidential rally over attack
dress rehearsal of what is likely to happen in the general elections in Ogun State, played out Monday as the Presidential rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was hurriedly brought to a close by the party.
This was due to actions of some of the aggrieved party supporters at the MKO Abiola Stadium venue of the rally, who had decamped to the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), who hurled items at the state governorship candidate, Prince Dapo Abiodun while his hand was being raised as the flagbearer of the party by President Muhammadu Buhari.
It was an embarrassing moment for the governor Ibikunle Amosun, who struggled to calm the APM flag carriers.
It took the intervention of the security operatives on the podium to block the items, as the rally was hurriedly ended.
Earlier, Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo had to cut short his speech after he was shouted down by the aggrieved APM members when he told the crowd at the venue to ‘vote APC in all the elections”.
Meanwhile, with four days to the poll, the political atmosphere in the state is getting tensed as cases of attacks and electoral violence are sending wrong signals about the poll.
At the weekend, the campaign train of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Prince Dapo Abiodun, came under a fresh attack allegedly by political thugs suspected to be working for a rival governorship candidate.
It was learnt that the campaign train was on its way to Ofada town shortly after a rally in Owode, Obafemi-Owode Local Government, when thugs shot sporadically into the air and hurled stones at Abiodun’s convoy.
The Friday attack was the second this month, as the party’s supporters were attacked earlier in the month, during a faceoff with supporters of APM at Elega, Abeokuta North Local Government, during a ward-to-ward campaign tour.