The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, was booed and stoned at President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign rally in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Monday.
Things turned sour when the APC National Chairman mentioned the name of the party’s governorship candidate in the state, Mr Dapo Abiodun, while addressing the crowd.
Upon hearing Mr Abiodun’s name, the crowd at the MKO Abiola International Stadium started booing Mr Oshiomhole with some throwing objects at him, prompting security operatives to surround him.
As the crowd trouble continued, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, who is supporting Adekunle Akinlade, the governorship candidate of the APM to succeed him, had to intervene and appeal to the crowd to respect the presence of President Buhari.
Many in the crowd were not appeased and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had to be called to give a speech, leading to the return of calm at the venue of the rally.
President Muhammadu Buhari spoke after Professor Osinbajo and when he raised Dapo Abiodun’s hands as the APC flag bearer in the state the anger returned with some still throwing things forward.
A team of security operatives had to shield the President and other officials at the stage while the National Anthem was playing at the end of the rally.
Signs that there might be trouble was evident from the outset as many in the venue had placards bearing the image of the APM candidate rather than the APC governorship candidate.
Many of the people gathered at the stadium started becoming agitated when former Governor of Osun State Rauf Aregbesola addressed the gathering.
During his speech, which was in Yoruba, Aregbesola accused those “carrying placards of other parties” of being hypocrites setting the stage for the outpouring of jeers that greeted Mr Oshiomhole’s call for support for the APC governorship candidate.
The crisis that followed the APC primaries in the state and the decision of the National Working Committee of the party to support Dapo Abiodun over Adekunle Akinlade who the governor insists duly won the primaries had pitted Mr Oshiomhole and the governor against each other.