APC Registration Exercise ends in pandemonium in Kwara as Party Chairman, other stalwarts accuse Governor’s Aides of leading thugs into the Banquet Hall
SOJ and Iya Lamule mobilized thugs to disrupt stakeholders meeting- BOB.
It was a day that will forever go down in the political annals of Kwara State as one of evil and embarrassment to the good people of Kwara state even as rational minds will hope to get such gory events off their memories.
The All Progressives Congress crisis that started well over a Year ago seemingly from the inability of the ruling party to manage its humongous success took a sharp and disgraceful twist as thugs and party loyalists of a particular faction laying credence to the soul of the party invaded the banquet Hall, the venue of the APC membership Registration stakeholders meeting under the Chairmanship of Senator John Danboyi.
Prior to emerging details, rumors were rife that the factional Chairman of the Party, Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa and other party stalwarts loyal to the BOB/Lai faction were beaten to pulp by thugs mobilized to disrupt the process that was expected to kick start the Registration process in the state.
Emerging Videos on Social Media from the Banquet Hall indeed confirmed the earlier rumours as violence could be seen reigning supreme at the Banquet Hall with properties worth millions of naira were destroyed including a car belonging to the APC state woman leader, Alhaja Ramat and the State Treasurer of the party said to have lost consciousness.
Speaking to NAN Wednesday evening, the Factional Chairman of the Party, Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa and the State Woman Leader, Alhaja Ramat narrated their ordeal in the hands of thugs that were mobilized to Channels TV correspondent in Ilorin. In their separate Interview, the Party Executives both Confirmed that the Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to the Governor, Obasanjo Alashi popularly known as SOJ and the Special Assistant on Women empowerment, Iya Lamule led and mobilized the thugs to perpetrate the dastardly acts while security men looked on.
The state women leader rued her loss as she recanted that money kept in her vehicle were carted away after it was vandalized and her phones snatched. BOB on his own part told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin that he was invited along other party chieftains having received a text message from the Committee Chairman, Senator John Danboyi. According to him, ‘’the venue of the meeting scheduled for 12noon was still under lock and key as at 1:30pm’’. ‘’ I did not know that some AA members loyal to Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq were already seated inside the hall’’.
He continued, ‘’ The hall was eventually opened at around 2pm and as we were about entering the hall, a popular supporter of the Governor came from nowhere and held my shirt while she prevented me from entering the hall’’. He lamented the loss suffered by party stalwarts, ‘’ the car of the state woman leader was vandalized, the car of a party stalwart, Wahab Adesina, was vandalized and he was wounded. As I am talking to you, the state Treasurer of the party had been beaten to coma, they also took away his car, we don’t know the whereabout of his car because his car keys were collected from him’’.
According to NAN, efforts made to get reaction of the Police Command in the state were unsuccessful as calls made to the PPRO, Ajayi Okansanmi rang out.149