President Buhari was disgraced in Ogun as people threw things at him and Oshiomhole.
The campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress in Abeokuta, the Ogun state Capital, President Buhari had to endure long moments of jeering crowd and there were even three instances where items were thrown by thugs carrying APM and Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s banner.
Security officials were seen blocking the president as thugs kept throwing things even after the Governor begged them.
The Director-General of President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election campaign, Rotimi Amaechi, and the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole were also part of those that faced the hostile crowd when they spoke at the party’s campaign rally today, Monday February 11th 2019.
It’s gathered that the development may not be unconnected to the division going on for months in the APC Ogun State Chapter over its choice of governorship candidate as current governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has turned against the party for allegedly manipulating the process to hand its ticket to Dapo Abiodun.
The governor’s preferred choice, Adekunle Akinlade, left the party to contest on the platform of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) with the governor’s very public backing.
Information has it that Amaechi triggered the crowd’s anger by suggesting that they should only vote for APC candidates in the forthcoming elections.
His brief address was repeatedly interrupted by rowdiness from the crowd who repeatedly chanted, “APM!”
Oshiomhole later came on stage to shouts of “Ole (Yoruba for ‘thief’), as he’s been Amosun’s greatest antagonist on installing his choice as his successor.
A projectile was then thrown towards the stage, interrupting the former governor’s speech as he was swarmed by security operatives.
The crowd refused to settle down and continued with the chants when Oshiomhole returned to quickly conclude his speech before leaving.
Amosun had to come on stage to appeal to the crowd to settle down and not embarrass him with Buhari present.
“I beg you in the name of God. Please, our father (Buhari) is here, please don’t disgrace me here,” he said,
When Buhari later came on stage to address the rally, he curiously told the party’s supporters to vote for whomever they like.
“I appeal to you to practice your civil rights to come out next Saturday and on the 2nd of March and choose whoever you like across the parties. This is your right and I have no problem about it,” he said to cheers from the crowd.”
However, when he raised Abiodun’s hand as a sign of endorsement moments later, the crowd became unsettled again and the rally was brought to a hasty end.
The rally was generally plagued by violence as supporters of Abiodun and Akinlade openly clashed with security operatives struggling to contain the situation.