President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday at the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential rally held in Abeokuta, Ogun State escaped being hit by stones as hoodlums pelted the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomole, with stones.
This was as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was shouted down while delivering a speech at the APC rally in Ogun, which is his home state. This happened when he urged party supporters to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari and APC candidates “all the way”.
The rally, which commenced officially immediately after Buhari arrived the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta, was paused for some minutes following the violence.
Osinbajo, who earlier spoke in Yoruba, said Buhari deserved a second term while he listed the administration’s achievements in the South-west.
And as he said “vote for APC all the way (in reference to other candidates)”, the crowd said “Noooo”.
This lasted for about 5 minutes as Osinbajo begged them to allow him speak.
“E duro…e jo, e gbo mi ma (Hold on, please listen to me).”
But the adamant supporters rebuffed his plea and continued to scream “Noooo”
Osinbajo ended his speech abruptly and invited the President to the podium.
Violence however 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 rally was brought to an abrupt end after Buhari raised the hand of the APC governorship candidate in the state, Dapo Abiodun.
Immediately, the President raised Abiodun’s hand, some aggrieved persons threw objects towards his direction, forcing security operatives to form a ring around him.
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.
This incident may not be unconnected to the crisis rocking the Ogun chapter of the APC. Adekunle Akinlade, who vied for the APC ticket, is the governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples’ Movement, APM.
APM had been adopted by Governor Ibikunle Amosun, after his rejection of APC governorship election outcome.