- Some hoodlums have attacked a venue to be used for a political rally in Auchi
- The stage, chairs and other items at the venue of the rally were set on fire
- APC national chairman Adams Oshiomhole was said to have arrived his country home ahead of the rally which is to receive some defectors into the ruling party
A venue to be used for a political rally in Auchi, Estako West local government area by the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has been set ablaze by suspected thugs.
The rally was organised o receive some politicians who defected from other parties into the APC.
The Nation reports that two cars, over 1000 chairs, canopies and the stage were burnt.
The suspected thugs reportedly carried out the act at about 2am on Saturday, January 25. According to sources, shots were fired before the place was set ablaze.
The rally was scheduled to hold at a field owned by a private individual.
Alhaji Abubakar Akokhia who is the factional chairman of APC in the locality said the activities of the suspected thugs will not stop the rally from holding.
It was learnt that heavy security was being deployed to the area to forestall any attack.
Oshiomhole was said to have arrived his country home ahead of the rally.
Despite the attack, the rally is still holding. Those present have been sharing videos and photos from the event.
Legit.ng had reported that legal moves to remove Oshiomhole on Thursday, January 23, failed before a high court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), in Jabi, Abuja.
The rift between Oshiomhole and Governor Godwin Obaseki who succeeded him as governor of Edo state heightened with a faction, calling for the APC national chairman's removal.
The court rejected an ex parte application filed by Mustapha Salihu who is the national vice chairman, northeast of the APC, Anselm Ojezua, a factional chairman of the party in Edo state, and others who are seeking to remove Oshiomhole from office.
Justice Danlami Zenchi ordered that the defendants (Oshiomhiole, APC and others) be put on notice before the motion is heard so as to ensure fair hearing in the matter.
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