…….Delegates flee as gunmen invade monarch’s palace
There was palpable tension in Ake Palace ground venue of a factional state congress of the All Progressive Congress in Abeokuta the state capital.
The factional congress held in spite of warning Friday by the state chapter of the Convention planning committee headed by Honourable Wale Ohu declared that only the Congress designated for Moshood Abiola Stadium,in the state capital is the recognized congress of the party.
However,Newdawnngr.com sources revealed that the faction loyal to former Governor,Senator Ibikunle Amosun rented the event centre in the Ake Palace premises to hold their own parallel state congress.
However,hardly had the process started that tension arose at the palace of Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, Alake of Egbaland, when hoodlums stormed the venue.
Reports had earlier indicated that the two factions in the state were preparing for parallel congresses. The factions are led by Governor Dapo Abiodun and Senator Ibikunle Amosun, his predecessor.
However, shortly before the exercise commenced, gunmen broke into the venue, which was being used by the faction loyal to Amosun.
Hundreds of persons, including security operatives, scampered for safety amid the pandemonium.
The crowd of party supporters later threw stones at the hoodlums who later fled the scene.
Apparently aggrieved that the security agents, including Police, NSCDC operatives, did not resist the hoodlums, the APC members, mostly youths, charged towards the security men and chased them away.
However, the security personnel, who ran momentarily, turned against the aggrieved youths, shooting into the air to resist further attacks.
The police had on Friday warned against political thuggery and violence ahead of the congresses.
The warring factions held parallel ward and Local Government congresses last month.
The factions battling for the soul of the ruling party have now concluded plans to also hold separate congresses to elect the state executive members of the APC.
Amosun group had picked the Ake palace ground, Abeokuta as venue of its congress, while Abiodun’s faction is holding its congress at main bowl of the MKO Abiodun stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta. (Daily Trust with additional agency reports)