Buhari’s campaign team stoned in Ogun

February 12th, 2019

*President escapes unhurt

*DSS warns on security

*Pelting shows Nigerians’ve rejected APC, says PDP

By Ezeocha Nzeh, Myke Uzendu and Daniel Tyokua

President Muhammadu Buhari was unhurt on Monday when the Ogun State All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential rally turned violent in Abeokuta.

The President escaped be­ing hit by stones ostensibly pelt­ed on the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, and other party of­ficials.

Reacting to the develop­ment, main opposition Peo­ples Democratic Party said it showed Nigerians have reject­ed the APC.

The AUTHORITY gathered that as the crowd awaited the arrival of President Muham­madu Buhari, some people be­lieved to be supporters of the governor of the state, Ibukun­le Amosun, were seen chasing away supporters of the APC governorship candidate, Dapo Abiodun, from their seats.

Another account said the hoodlums were members of unnamed rival political party.
The victims scaled the fence

to avoid being harmed as the at­tackers threw dangerous objects such as stones, filled and emp­ty plastic bottles, and sticks at them.

Our correspondent ob­served that the attackers, were armed with dangerous weap­ons and pounced on anyone wearing yellow attire, the col­our code of Chief Abiodun and his supporters, leaving many of the APC supporters with inju­ries as they tried to escape from the attackers.

Some of the people hurried­ly removed clothes and caps bearing Abiodun’s insignia and ran for their lives.

Due to the attack, all the seats earlier occupied by Abio­dun’s supporters were vacated.

The programme, which commenced with the arrival of President Buhari at the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta, was suspend­ed for some minutes following the violence.

Violence however erupted again when Oshiomhole was in­vited to the podium to address the party supporters.

As he began to speak, some people hauled stones at him and stones flew in the direction of the President but were blocked by eagle-eyed security opera­tives one of who took the hit.

The development angered the leaders of the party, includ­ing former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who left the podium while the Pres­ident was making his remarks.

*Nigerians have rejected APC, says PDP
Reacting to the develop­ment, the main opposition Peo­ples Democratic Party (PDP) daid the public pelting and jeer­ing at President Muhammadu Buhari and his APC chieftains is a direct response to the APC four years of misrule, expansion of poverty, corruption, divisive­ness and bloodletting.

According to National Pub­licity Secretary of PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbodinyan: “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.

He urged President Bu­hari and the APC to read the handwriting on the wall and be ready to accept defeat af­ter the election.

*DSS warns on securi­ty breach

Meanwhile, the Depart­ment of State Services (DSS) urged Nigerians to remain law abiding and observe the rules of engagement during the elections.
In a statement by Peter Afunanya, spokesperson for the Service, assured that DSS was committed to providing adequate security through­out the period of the elec­toral process.

He advised politicians and the youth to shun all acts of violence, and asked both local and international observers to keep to the fun­damentals and principles of election monitoring as al­lowed by law and global best practice.

“Everyone is urged to conduct themselves prop­erly before, during and after the elections and avoid ac­tions that may cause break­down of law and order.
“On its part, the DSS will professionally discharge its statutory mandate which, among others, is to detect and prevent threats and crimes against the internal security of Nigeria.

“Also, it will appropriate­ly engage stakeholders. This is for the protection and suc­cess of the elections. There­fore, ensuring security that will make the electoral pro­cess noble and acceptable to participants and their sup­porters is uppermost to the Service.

“In this regard, the Ser­vice is determined to identify and arrest criminals and their collaborators whose activities are counter to the national ob­jective of achieving peaceful and orderly elections.

“Similarly, the Service will not condone fake news, incendiary or hate speech­es designed to whip up dan­gerous ethnic, religious and/or political sentiments capa­ble of stoking the embers of violence.

Afunanya provid­ed the following tele­phone lines and e-mail address (07055655591; 09030002189 and dsspr@dss.gov.ng) for use to reach the Service in case of emer­gency.

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