Many injured, several vehicles damaged as Ogun APC factional congress turns bloody

The All Progressives Congress (APC) state congress conducted by the faction loyal to Senator Ibikunle  Amosun  was Saturday invaded by thugs allegedly loyal to the governor’s camp.

The thugs who were armed with dangerous weapons invaded the venue of the Amosun faction congress at Ake Palace in Abeokuta, shooting sporadically, while party members at the venue took to their heels for safety.

“They started shooting to scare us out of the venue of the congress with sporadic gun shots, they also vandalised the windscreen of some vehicles parked at the entrance of the Palace”, an eyewitness said

Another source confirmed that many of the party members were injured, while trying to run for their safety.

He added that a woman, who had been rushed to the hospital, had her cheek, pierced by bullet.

The source however lamented the action of men of Nigerian Police, who he claimed looked the other way, while the political thugs were unleashing violence on party faithful.

This led to heated argument between security personnel deployed to the venue of the congress and some party loyalist who accused the police of acting the script of the other group.

The situation led to the delay of the Amosun faction state congress for about two and half hours.

While reacting to the violence,    Gbenga  Opaleye, who claimed  to be the chairman  appointed  by the national  secretariat  of the party to monitor the Congress in Ogun state,  condemned  the act of violence  which he said  was senseless.

“Ogun state is a peace loving state, I don’t know why we are sent to kill ourselves, you cannot shoot the governor nor the Senator, and it is only the common man that is always at the receiving end of this violence.

“We were sent here from the national secretariat, our own is to ensure that the State Congress is conducted. We have been warned that if there was any crisis in any state we should leave it for the national secretariat”, he added

At the end  of the congress of the Amosun faction,  Chief  Derin  Adebiyi  emerged as the state chairman,  while Chief Jide Ojuko and Mr Oluwatoyin  Adebusuwa emerged  as the deputy  chairman  and secretary  of the group  respectively.

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