– Fracas erupts between APC supporters loyal to Governor Amosun and those loyal to APC governorship candidate in Ogun state, Prince Dapo Abiodun
– The clash was said to have begun after loyalists of Amosun tried to outshine supporters of Dapo Abiodun at a campaign venue Rival supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) clashed in Ogun state on Monday, February 11, ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the state. The New Telegraph reports that the clash occurred between supporters of Governor Ibikunle Amosun and those of the APC governorship candidate in Ogun state, Prince Dapo Abiodun. The clash reportedly occurred at the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta, venue of the presidential campaign rally.
The fracas was said to have started when loyalists of the Allied People’s Movement (APM) gubernatorial candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, were desperate to outshine one another. Amosun, who is opposed to the candidature of Abiodun, is backing Akinlade as his anointed governorship candidate. Several people were said to have suffered various degree of injuries as a result of the clash. Reacting to the development, the governor, who went on the podium to make announcement, claimed security operatives frustrated his efforts to allow the people enter through the stadium gates. “DSS and Police, don’t create crisis for us in Ogun. I notice you are using tear gas. Please don’t try it. Any moment from now, we are going to allow our people because they are outside,” he said
“I have called everybody, we are going to open the gates. I assure you nobody will climb the tartan tracks. So, security operatives, I’m putting you on notice. Some of our people travelled five hours to come here. Help us to help you. We don’t mean any harm. “I beg you in the name of God, stop that tear gas. People have been here for four days working to make what we are seeing happen. Please, don’t come and destroy it. Don’t come and cause stampede.
Meanwhile, members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have warned Nigerians not to make the mistake of voting another political party that would hinder the progress of Nigeria. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Godwin Ezeemo, a chieftain of the PDP called on electorates in the state to be politically active by voting for candidates of the party during the general elections. Ezeemo made the call in Awka on Monday, February 11, during a rally organized by the party to solicit for votes from electorate. The PDP chieftain explained that voting by the electorates was a civic responsibility that sustained democracy in any society.