DESPITE the heavy security presence at the National Convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) held in Abuja on Saturday, some delegates engaged each other in a free for all.
Trouble first started among delegates from Imo State before spreading to the Delta State delegates.
While the clash between delegates from Imo was resolved by security operatives after a while, that between the Delta delegates was more intense with chairs being hurled and several people sustaining injuries.
According to reports, trouble began when a group loyal to Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha arrived at the stand reserved for Imo delegates and ordered others loyal to his deputy, Eze Madumere, to vacate the seats.
As gathered, the order was resisted leading to fracas with the private security of the governor allegedly getting involved with some people forcefully removed.
As security officials were trying to bring the situation under control the delegates from Delta State got engaged in an even more violent fist fight.
The clash was allegedly between supporters of O’Tega Emerhor and a former governorship candidate in the state, Great Ogboru.
It was learnt that delegates from the group, the faction loyal to O’Tega Emerhor had stepped out to eat but was stunned when they returned and found out that they had been unseated by another faction.
Their attempt to take their seats back resulted in violence.
The drama occurred despite the heavy security presence at the venue of the convention which has President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and the big wigs in the party.
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Ajimobi: Nigeria has lost one of her best ever – Ayandele
A former gubernatorial aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state, Dr. Olusola Ayandele has lamented the death of former governor, Abiola Ajimobi, describing it as the loss of one of the best brains Nigeria has ever produced and thrown up to lead and serve his people as well as humanity as a whole.
Ajimobi, the first and only two term governor of Oyo state, was until his death the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the APC. Reports had it that he died at a Lagos hospital where he had been receiving treatment for complications arising from COVID-19 infection which kept him away from the public glare for some weeks before he breathed his last on Thursday.
In a condolence message made available to pen pushers on Friday in Ibadan, Dr. Ayandele disclosed that the death of Sen. Ajimobi had robbed Nigeria of one citizen whose service and sacrifice to fatherland and humanity as a whole would remain indelible in the anal of history of mankind.
“Sen. Ajimobi was a rare gem who discovered himself from the beginning of his life and he did not miss any opportunity to demonstrate the stuff he was made of. He inherited the traits of leadership from his parents and uncle who were great individuals in their own respect but the late former governor took some steps further to add more value to himself and this enabled him to cover more grounds and touched more lives locally and internationally.
“A leader in the true sense of it, Sen. Ajimobi came to office as governor of Oyo state fully prepared. With his carefully packaged key agenda of restoration, transformation and repositioning, he was able to change the story of our dear state for the better. He waged a successful war against dirty environment, insecurity, brigandage and bad governance. It was Ajimobi who changed the face of governance away from sloppiness, tardiness, window dressing and self service.
“He left an indelible imprints on the sands of time as a consummate captain of industry, successful manager, seasoned administrator, colorful politician, jinx breaker, proud son of Ibadanland, responsible family man, darling of a multitude and, more importantly, architect of modern Oyo state. Ajimobi left our dear state far better than he met it and we will never forget him in a hurry.
“His death at this inauspicious time marks the end of an era as it leaves a bitter pill in our mouth to swallow. Nevertheless, we are consoled by the beautiful memories of the time he spent with us and the wonderful legacy he left behind. Our condolences go to his widow and former First Lady in the state, Chief (Mrs) Florence Ajimobi, his children and the entire Ajimobi family of Oja’ba in Ibadan as well as President Muhammadu Buhari, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Chief Akin Oke and other members of his political family.
“In conclusion, Distinguished Senator Ajimobi lived a fulfilled life and offered the right tutelage to many younger ones directly and indirectly. We pray Allah to grant Sen. Ajimobi eternal rest and give his numerous admirers, supporters and associates, at home and abroad, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss”, Ayandele added.
Ondo: IGP orders CP to restore deputy governor’s security
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu has directed the Commissioner of Police in Ondo State, Bolaji Salami, to restore the security details of the state’s deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, with immediate effect.
The IGP’s directive was contained in a memo addressed to the Police Commissioner through the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Operations, Force Headquarters Abuja.
The memo with Ref. No CB: 2002/DOPS/FHQ/ABJ/VOL/77/168 was signed on behalf of the IGP through Austine Agbonlahor, Assistant Inspector-General of Police.
It would be recalled that the Media Adviser to the Deputy Governor, Allen Sowore had last week alleged that security details attached to his principal were withdrawn on the orders of the Commissioner of Police.
There has been a controversy between Deputy Governor and Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu over Agboola’s defection to the PDP, ahead of the October 2020 governorship election in the state.
Hours before the defection of the Deputy Governor, a video had gone viral online in which the Deputy Governor and the Commissioner of Police were engaged in an argument in which the CP was accused of stopping the Deputy Governor from moving out of the Government House.
However, in his reaction, the Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command insisted that the CP did not at any time withdraw the security details of the Deputy Governor.
He revealed that it was the deputy Governor himself that requested specific men and they have since been sent to him.
2023: ‘I have made no decision’, Tinubu reacts to purported presidential ambitions
Contrary to speculations, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Saturday said he has not taken any decision to run for president in 2023.
The former governor of Lagos state informed that rather, he was more concerned about the health and economic challenges facing the country at the moment.
Tinubu disclosed this in a statement issued while reacting to comments that the dissolution of the party’s National Working Committee, had ended his purported 2023 ambitions.
He described the comments as distasteful, saying “already, you have assigned colourful epitaphs to the 2023 death of an alleged political ambition that is not yet even born”.
He added that rather than politicking, he has been spending his time trying to think of helpful ideas and policies to help in solving the myriad of problems in the country.
The statement continued, “During this period, I have not busied myself with politicking regarding 2023. I find that a bit distasteful and somewhat uncaring particularly when so many of our people have been unbalanced by the twin public health and economic crises we face. I have devoted these last few months to thinking of 8 policies that may help the nation in the here and now. What I may or may not do 3 years hence seems too remote given present exigencies”.
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