There was confusion in Ogun Monday night when gun-wielding youths suspected to be political thugs have disrupted proceedings at the meeting called by All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship election committee with the six aspirants of the party held in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the thugs stormed the MITROS Residences, formerly Gateway Hotels Annex located within the Ibara GRA, Abeokuta venue of the meeting around 11: 45p.m and started shooting sporadically into the air.
The development, which created fears in the minds of many people present at the venue of the meeting, including journalists and caused them to scamper for safety, also forced the 8-Man APC gubernatorial election committee to abruptly suspend their meeting.
The meeting, slated for 10pm was well attended by the six APC governorship aspirants as well as members of the Chief Derin Adebiyi led state executive committee of the party.
Our correspondent gathered that the eight-man APC governorship election committee led by Muhammad Indabawa had called for the meeting to enable it intimate the contestants and other critical stakeholders on the modalities for the exercise.
Indabawa had explained that his committee was unable to conduct the primary election originally slated for Sunday September 30 as directed by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) due to logistic reasons.
“I thought it is wise for us to hold this meeting. We are supposed to be here yesterday (Sunday), but could not do so due to logistics.
“You are all from Ogun State. We believe that somebody will emerge as the party’s governorship candidate and we believe other contenders will support whoever emerges”.
Journalists present at the meeting were however, ordered to leave the venue in order to allow for a closed-door meeting with the aspirants after the Indabawa’s remarks.
But pandemonium broke out within the premises of the meeting as supporters of two aspirants engaged each other in a free-for-all.
The situation later snowballed into full scale riot when some suspected hoodlums who later stormed the venue started shouting “who is Dapo Abiodun?”, “where is Dapo Abiodun?”, and also fired sporadically with the purpose of killing their target.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi said his command was not aware of any breach of security and peace within the Abeokuta metropolis.
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