BY DAYO JOHNSON
AKURE – HOODLUMS yesterday disrupted the ward congress of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Oba-ile in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The election was underway when hoodlums, numbering four, stormed the venue with dangerous weapons including guns, shooting to scare party members away.
The timely intervention of men of the Nigerian Police, Oba Ile Division and reinforcement from other formations brought the rowdy atmosphere under control.
However, the election could not continue as party members have fled to different directions.
The party had last week postponed the ward congress in the state, following a similar disruption in Akure, which left one person dead and 15 others ere seriously injured.
It will be recalled that some stakeholders in the party withdrew from the party’s local government congress, alleging lack of internal democracy.
The stakeholders expressed fear that the congress might lead to violence in some parts of the state, especially Akure South Local Government Area.
A statement issued yesterday by the Akure South Caucus urged the APC National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, to cancel the local government congress in Akure South till when all the issues arising from the last Wednesday’s ward congress were resolved.
According to the statement by the Caucus Chairman, Chief Akin Olokunboro, and its Secretary, Surveyor Kayode Eso, the ward congress in Akure was characterised by violence and irregularities.
The leaders accused the Chairman of the Congress Committee in the state, Otunba Femi Pedro of colluding with a member of the House of Representatives to present a report that the congress was successfully held in all the wards in Akure.
They said “It is unfortunate that we lost a member during the ward congress on Wednesday. We had already agreed on a consensus arrangement. “