- Violence has erupted in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara state ahead of the APC registration exercise
- Residents were in Ilorin were in a panic as two factions of the ruling party clashed
- The violence was due to supporters of the state governor preventing the former APC chairman from gaining access to the hall
Members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) were on Wednesday, February 3, thrown into pandemonium as the party's membership registration turned violent in Kwara state.
In a report by Premium Times, violence erupted in Ilorin when members of two factions of the ruling party clashed at the Banquet Hall of Government House.
According to the newspaper, the supporters attacked each other ahead of the registration exercise where a meeting was held to ensure things went smoothly.
Witnesses narrating how the fracas started said supporters of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq prevented Bolarinwa and his followers from entering the meeting amid fears of another parallel registration exercise in the state.
Legit.ng recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, January 30, revalidated his APC membership status at his Sarkin Yara polling unit in Daura, Katsina state.
The president was accompanied by some APC governors, the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, and the party's national leaders.
Meanwhile, Chief Adebisi Akande, the pioneer national chairman of the APC described the ongoing registration exercise as unnecessary and aberration.
Akande, who said this on Wednesday, February 3, at his registration centre in Ila Oragun, Osun state, stressed that the present APC membership registration is an indefensible aberration leading to certain ugly perceptions.
He said the major perception is that APC leadership might be wasteful and unappreciative of the proper use of money in a kind of scanty economy in which Nigeria now finds itself.
In a related development, the minister of state for petroleum resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has revalidated his membership of the APC in the ongoing nationwide fresh registration/revalidation exercise.
The former governor of Bayelsa state also urged all APC members and those that are yet to join the party to take advantage of the ongoing exercise.
The Bayelsa-born politician revalidated his membership of APC at ward 4 (Agadama), Brass local government area of Bayelsa state on Sunday, January 31.