Members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun state has staged a massive protest against the national leadership of the party led by former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomole.
The protests which involved around 200 councilors belonging to the APC in the state stormed the venue of the swearing in of the new Chief Judge of the State Mosunmola Dipeolu on Monday to register their displeasure with Governor Ibikunle Amosun who is also in support of the aggrieved party members.
Shortly after the Judge had been sworn in, about 200 APC councilors in the state staged a protest demanding that the party’s NWC recognise Adekunle Akinlade as the party’s governorship candidate.
The placard carrying councilors, stormed the Arcade Ground within the state secretariat at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, around 10am.
Some of the inscriptions on the placards read;
‘We want justice in Ogun APC’; ‘Give us Triple A’; ‘Oshiomhole, Osinbajo, we want justice in Ogun State’; and a ‘Minority cannot take charge over majority’.
According to the protesters, their action had been carried out in order to register their demands with the Governor.
The state chairman of the APC in Ogun state Chief Derin Adebiyi who addressed the protesters at the venue said;
“We have seen all the messages on the placards. I want you to remain steadfast in your demand, nothing negative will happen to the mandate you have given to Akinlade.
The elders and party leaders are looking into the matter. I want to urge you to continue to be peaceful, don’t fight anybody.”
In a dramatic display which has become normal in Nigeria since the ascension of the APC to power however, certain groups who identified themselves as Ogun Progressive Students, Ogun Youth Assembly and Coalition of Ogun Traders, staged a counter-protest at the same venue.
The counter protesters urged Amosun and other aggrieved party members to accept the deceision of the national leadership and support Dapo Abiodun as the party’s governorship candidate in the state.
The counter protesters went further to condemn Amosun for what they termed as his stubborn tenacity to drag the hard-earned integrity of Ogun State through the mud.