The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was booed and stoned at President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign rally in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Monday.
Before the rally started, some people had been seen at the MKO Abiola International Stadium venue removing posters and campaign materials of Mr. Dapo Abiodun, the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in the state. The crowd however did not fulminate until the immediate past Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s address. He said “we are known as APC and not any other party. I must however tell you that there are many hypocrites among us. There are some people here carrying flags of other parties, they are hypocrites and what they have come here to do is hypocrisy”.
The trouble started on a much larger scale when the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole mentioned Dapo Abiodun’s name while addressing the crowd. The immediate response was that the crowd started booing Oshiomhole while some hurled objects including stones, shoes and water sachets at him, prompting security operatives to surround him.
People suspected to be supporters of Honourable Adekunle Akinlade, the candidate of the Allied People’s Movement chased Abiodun’s supporters away. It took the intervention of Governor Ibikunle Amosun to calm nerves. “E ma le won, e fi won sile. Baba gbogbo wa ni Buhari” (don’t chase them, Buhari is a father to all of us).
A short while later, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was called up to deliver an address, apparently to prevent the programme from spinning out of orbit. Shouts of “no, no, no” greeted the Vice President as he spoke. When his appeal for calm seemed not to be yielding results, he chose another path. He decided to sing a song and called on all those who would have good fortune to join the song. That calmed the crowd a bit.
By the time it was President Muhammadu Buhari’s turn to address the rally, he asked people to vote candidates of their choice across the political parties. When he raised Dapo Abiodun’s hands as the APC flag bearer in the state, the crowd grew angry again and hurled missiles towards the stage.
A team of security operatives had to shield the President and other officials as the programme ended.