The clash involved members of the defunct CPC.
A bloody clash resulting in injuries to several persons occurred on Friday in Abeokuta, Ogun State, when members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, engaged in a free-for-all.
The clash was between factions within the defunct Congress for Progress Change, CPC, one of the major parties that merged to form the APC.
Trouble was said to have occurred during a stakeholders’ meeting of the defunct party at its secretariat at Moshood Abiola Way. A former Public Relations Officer of the party, Sina Oduntan, and a former state chairman, Kunle Mudashiru, alongside another party elder, identified simply as Adekola, allegedly stormed the venue backed by armed thugs, who unleashed mayhem at the secretariat, destroying property and injuring people.
Before the party fused into APC, the CPC had on June 6 suspended Mr. Mudashiru based on an allegation of financial mismanagement and maladministration, while Mr. Oduntan was suspended for allegedly leading a group of thugs to disrupt a session of the state meeting.
As Friday’s violence occurred, police officers were promptly dispatched to the scene. As at the time of this report, Messrs Oduntan and Mudashiru had been arrested by the police; and the injured taken to a hospital for medical attention.
Those who sustained varying degrees of injuries included the former state publicity secretary of CPC, Bola Adeogun; former assistant state legal adviser, Dele Timothy; former state youth leader, Anthony Amos; and former state woman leader, Funmi Ogunsanwo.
The former secretary of the defunct party, Godwin Odeyemi, while speaking to journalists, explained that the suspension of Messrs. Mudashiru and Oduntan had culminated in the factionalisation of the party, which led to the two factions holding their meeting separately before the Friday attack.
He said that, prior to the attack, the national headquarters of the party had directed all the factions to await directives on how to harmonise the state executive committee.
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