The All Progressives Congress faction in Ogun state loyal to Gov. Ibikunle Amosun has reacted to threats by the national leadership of the party to punish those responsible for the violence at the party’s presidential rally on Monday.
As earlier reported by Naija News, the party vowed to punish all those responsible for instigating thugs that attacked the leaders of the party, including the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, at the presidential rally in Abeokuta on Monday.
Naija News recalls that the crowd at the rally pelted Oshiomhole with stones and water sachets when he introduced Dapo Abiodun as the governorship candidate of the APC in Ogun State.
Other leaders of the party, including Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, were booed at the campaign, which was marred by violence involving the APC and the Allied Peoples Movement’s supporters.
The spokesman for the APC Caretaker Committee in the state, Mr. Tunde Oladunjoye, had on Monday alleged that the hoodlums who disrupted the rally were sponsored by Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
Expressing regrets at the disruption of the campaign, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a statement on Tuesday said those responsible for the “premeditated attacks” would be dealt with. The party said the sanction would be delayed till after the elections.
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Although Issa-Onilu did not mention the governor’s name in the statement, the Publicity Secretary of the pro-Amosun APC faction in the state, Wole Elegbede, when contacted on the telephone, described the threat by the national leaders of the party as a media trial and jungle justice.
Elegbede, said, “It is common for the National Working Committee of the party to subject members of the APC in Ogun State to media trial and jungle justice.”
He added, “The dissolution of the APC executive in the state was done without inviting us to face any disciplinary committee in accordance with the constitution of the party. They just announced the dissolution in the media. That is nothing but a media trial and jungle justice. They have started again. This issue of disciplining the governor of Ogun State will end up the same way. We believe that it will end up the same way: Jungle justice and media trial.”
He also blamed the national leadership for the protests and the disruption of the rally.
He said, “The APC, Ogun State chapter under the leadership of Chief Derin Adebiyi, will not like to reply to anyone. But what happened involved the APC supporters in the state. Some supporters are aggrieved over the emergence of Dapo Abiodun as the governorship candidate, while some like it.
Source: Naija News