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Buhari preaches peace! *As APC factions clash at campaign rally



*As APC factions clash at campaign rally

*Angry youths pelt Oshiomhole with stones

*Vote candidate of your choice – Buhari

*Your Abeokuta pelting, sign of rejection – PDP

Presidential Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abeokuta appealed to voters in Ogun state to shun violence during the forthcoming general elections.

Speaking at a town hall meeting with traditional rulers in Ogun state, President Buhari charged them to educate their subjects on how to conduct themselves peacefully, stressing that there was no need for people to go violence on the issue of election.

President Buhari’s call for peace is not unconnected to the violence that erupted earlier in the day at the Moshood Abiola stadium venue of the APC presidential rally.

“I appeal to our royal fathers to educate their subjects on the need to show respect and vote whoever they want to vote for without being violent.”

He promised to look into the requests put forward by the traditional rulers even as he expressed satisfaction with the great roles his Vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has been playing in the federal government efforts at correcting the wrongs of the past.

Speaking earlier, the chairman of the Ogun State Traditional Council and Alake, Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo thanked President Buhari for bringing Nigeria back on track after years of mismanagement.

Earlier at the APC rally the event went awry at Moshood Abiola stadium, Abeokuta as aggrieved members of the party booed and pelted the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole with stones and sachets of water.

Ogun state chapter of the APC has been embroiled in crisis since last year when the national leadership of the party picked Dapo Abiodun as the governorship candidate of the party against Adekunle Akinlade who is choice candidate of outgoing Governor Ibikunle Amosun.

Akinlade and most of the supporters of Governor Amosun later defected to the Allied People’s Movement, APM, where he picked the party’s governorship ticket.

Prior to the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari’s entourage violence broke out between supporters of Dapo Abiodun and some people, believed to be APC members but supporters of Akinlade, who chased away supporters of the APC governorship candidate in the state.

The suspected hoodlums went round the spectators’ side of the stadium, identified Abiodun’s supporters and injured them.

Aboidun’s supporters, who were wearing yellow attire, the colour known with Abiodun, scaled the fence to avoid being harmed by the attackers who threw dangerous objects such as stones and sticks at them.

When the event began, Governor Amosun canvassed support for President Buhari and the APC governorship candidate.

The position of Governor Amosun did not go down well with some leaders of the party at the venue, including Bola Tinubu.

Missiles began to fly towards the Presidential podium when the former Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola mounted the podium and was speaking in Yoruba language in favour of the APC governorship candidate.

The confusion, which saw many party supporters trouping out of the stadium as the atmosphere was charged, intensified when the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole mounted the podium to speak and present the party flag to APC governorship candidate, Dapo Abiodun.

As Oshiomhole began to speak aggrieved party members started throwing stones at him and one of the stones flew in the direction where the President was sitting.

Security operatives took pro-active action to protect President Buhari by shielding him and other APC leaders.

In his own speech Preident Buhari told APC members in Ogun state to vote for any candidate of their choice.

Reacting to the violence that characterized the APC rally in Ogun state, opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saidthe public pelting and jeering at the rally is a direct
response by Nigerians to Buhari’s four years misrule as depicted in the expansion of poverty, corruption, divisiveness and bloodletting in the nation.

According to PDP Spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, “It is instructive to note that Mr. President was pelted in Abeokuta barely 24 hours after his Zamfara state rally on Sunday, where he
attempted to incite Nigerians to join the APC in their planned resort to violence to derail the 2019 general election, having realized that they stand no chance of winning the election.

“The people of Ogun state, and indeed, the South West, have shown that they are in direct alignment with other states and geo-political zones of our country in rejecting President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, whose administration has foisted so much injustice and brought unprecedented pain and anguish to Nigerians.


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