NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that Violence broke out on Monday night as gun-wielding thugs invaded and disrupted the meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election committee with gubernatorial aspirants in Ogun State.
The meeting, which held at the MITROS residences, Ibara GRA, Abeokuta, came to an abrupt end following sporadic gunshots by hoodlums at the venue.
Journalists scampered to safety while members of the election committee, led by Muhammad Indabawa, as well as six governorship aspirants present hurriedly left the place.
The aspirants included Senator Adegbenga Kaka, Prince Dapo Abiodun, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, Hon. Abayomi Hunye, Otunba Jimi Lawal and Hon. Adekunle Akinlade.
The meeting was said to have been summoned by the election committee to discuss modalities with aspirants ahead of the planned direct primaries of the party.
The committee members had a brief discussion with reporters after which they went into a closed-door session with the governorship aspirants and state executives of the party.
While the meeting was ongoing within the hall, some suspected rival thugs who allegedly came with two of the governorship aspirants engaged in a clash outside.
After some minutes, policemen whisked away one of the troublemakers and it appeared peace had been restored.
But the whole place suddenly turned to a theatre of war at about 11:30pm when another set of suspected thugs stormed the venue and shot into the crowd outside.
Several gunshots that later followed forced the meeting to end abruptly while some journalists sustained injuries in their bid to escape from the scene.
Speaking before violence erupted, the election committee chairman, Muhammad Indabawa, attributed the delay in conduct of the primaries to logistics reasons.
He, however, stated that necessary materials for the conduct of the exercise have been handed over to the panel.
The chairman assured that a level playing field would be provided to all aspirants during the primaries.
It will be recalled that the governorship primary election was supposed to hold on Sunday but the national leadership of the party postponed it till further notice.
The state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, had supported the emergence of Hon. Adekunle Akinlade as the “consensus governorship candidate,” but other aspirants kicked against the development, describing it as undue imposition.