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APC fingers Amosun in Ogun presidential campaign fracas

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that Governor Ibikunle Amosun was responsible for sponsoring thugs to throw objects at President Muhammadu Buhari and other party chieftains at its campaign rally in Abeokuta, Ogun state.

According to a statement made available to Legit.ng, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC’s spokesman, stated that the state governor will be punished after the general elections.

Moreover, the ruling party, contrary to President Buhari’s position, asked its supporters in the state to vote for its candidate during the governorship poll on Saturday, March 2.

“The All Progressives Congress (APC) regrets Monday’s premeditated attacks sponsored by Governor Ibikunle Amosun on President Muhammadu Buhari and other senior party leaders at the venue of the presidential campaign rally in Ogun State.

“This is one act of indiscipline too many. The APC will not condone acts of indiscipline, indiscretion and anti-party activities from any party member no matter how highly placed.

“The party will review this gross misconduct of deliberately positioning thugs to attack and embarrass the President and the party’s leadership. The party will take a decision on this matter immediately after the elections.

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“It must be stated that party supremacy and discipline according to our constitution are not matters of choice but binding principles which must be adhered to by ALL party members.

“The APC is a party known for discipline, justice, fairness and equality hence any plan to destroy what this party stands for would be rejected.

“No single person will be allowed to put his personal and selfish interests ahead of the wishes of the people of Ogun State and elsewhere.

“Post primaries, the decision of the National Working Committee to uphold the wishes of party members is unbendable.

“Therefore, whatever means being presently deployed by persons intending to undermine the wishes of the people for personal gains will not be tolerated.

“We urge our teeming party supporters and members not to be disturbed by Monday’s condemnable incident.

“We urge all to continue trooping out enmasse for our remaining campaigns and vote massively for ALL and ONLY APC candidates in the forthcoming general elections.”

Confusion had broken out at the campaign rally of the ruling APC, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. The campaign took a new twist when Governor Amosun came on stage to campaign for the APC and the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).

In response, former Governor Rauf Aregbesola came on stage to oppose the governor, asking the people to vote for only the candidates of the APC.