APC’ll punish Amosun over Ogun rally violence

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has promised to take punitive measures against sponsors of Ogun presidential rally violence after the elections.

The party National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the party regretted Monday’s attacks allegedly sponsored by Governor Ibikunle Amosun on President Muhammadu Buhari and other senior party leaders at the venue of the presidential campaign rally in Ogun state, assuring that it will punish the governor.

On Monday at the Ogun state presidential rally, thugs allegedly sponsored by the governor threw missiles at the party leaders and President Muhammadu Buhari.

But reacting to the development, the in a statement Tuesday, said: “This is one act of indiscipline too many. The APC will not condone acts of indiscipline, indiscretion and anti-party activities from any party member no matter how highly placed.

“The party will review this gross misconduct of deliberately positioning thugs to attack and embarrass the president and the party’s leadership. The party will take a decision on this matter immediately after the elections.

“It must be stated that party supremacy and discipline according to our constitution are not matters of choice but binding principles which must be adhered to by ALL party members.

“The APC is a party known for discipline, justice, fairness and equality hence any plan to destroy what this party stands for would be rejected. No single person will be allowed to put his personal and selfish interests ahead of the wishes of the people of Ogun state and elsewhere.”

The statement, which specifically mentioned the governor as the sponsor of the campaign crisis, said after the primaries, the decision of the National Working Committee (NWC) to uphold the wishes of party members is “unbendable.”

“Therefore, whatever means being presently deployed by persons intending to undermine the wishes of the people for personal gains will not be tolerated.

“We urge our teeming party supporters and members not to be disturbed by Monday’s condemnable incident. We urge all to continue trooping out en masse for our remaining campaigns and vote massively for all and only APC candidates in the forthcoming general elections.”

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