- Supporters of the APC and the PDP disrupted a conference at the Emir of Ilorin Palace forecourt in Kwara state
- Supporters of Senate President Saraki shouted down the APC governorship candidate in the state
- The governorship candidate's supporters tried to counter the opposing side, causing chaos
There was chaos at the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union’s 53rd conference on Tuesday, December 25, as supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) clashed.
Trouble reportedly started during the inauguration of the 2019 calendar of the union by the chairman of the Ifelodun local council development authority in Lagos state, Alhaji Fatai Ajidagba, who donated N5 million.
When it was the turn of the APC governorship candidate in the state, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazak, to launch the calendar, he was prevented from speaking by supporters of the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, chanting “Sai leader, Sai Bukki, Atunwa," The Punch reports.
Meanwhile his supporters were shouting his slogan “O to ge”(enough is enough) to counter the opposing side.
It was gathered that Abdulrazak was called to the podium to announce his donation against the will of some of the organisers of the event.
All efforts by the organisers to restore normalcy and continue the programme failed.
As a result of the chaos, the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, left the venue in anger. The national executive council members of the IEDPU led by their president, Usman Abdulazeez, later went into the palace to apologise to the Emir.
The IEDPU’s calendar, a major source of revenue generation for the union, could not be inaugurated because of the development.
Lamenting over the turnout of events, the national publicity secretary of IEDPU, Alhaji Abdulrahman Malik, said: “The union is apolitical, we are to promote peace in Ilorin Emirate. We didn’t envisage what happened.”
However, media aide to Saraki, Alhaji Abdullai Olesin, said Saraki was not the cause of the disruption because he was not present at the convention. He added that for people to act that way when he was not there indicated how popular he is among his people.
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On its part, the media office of the APC governorship candidate in a statement absolved supporters of the party of blame.
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