Two All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirants in Kwara State, Alhaji Tajudeen Abdulkadir Audu and Alhaji Shuaibu Yaman Abdullahi, were on Monday attacked by thugs during the party’s stakeholders meeting at Lafiagi, Edu Local Government Area.
A source said that the thugs descended on the APC chieftains and physically assaulted them allegedly following the directive of an aide to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.
The source said the meeting was progressing well until the thugs invaded the compound, chanting cult slogans.
He added that the armed men destroyed a vehicle belonging to a chieftain of the party.
“Two governorship aspirants from Kwara North, Alhaji Tajudeen Abdulkadir Audu and Alhaji S.Y. Abdullahi, together with APC stakeholders, Alhaji MT Mamman and Umaru Shaaba have been attacked by thugs led by TESCOM (Teaching Service Commission) chairman during a stakeholder meeting at Lafiagi,” he said.
The incident, according to sources, was a fallout of a rift between Governor AbdulRazaq and a group of party leaders led by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.
The two camps have been at each other throats for some months now over the control of the party in the state.
The national secretariat of the party recently issued a letter of appointment to the state deputy chairman of the party, Alhaji Samari Abdullahi, to be the acting chairman of the party in the state.
The development led to a crisis as the incumbent chairman, Bashr Omolaja Bolarinwa, resisted the move, as he said there was no issuance of query that could have warranted his purported removal from office as the state chairman of the party.
Abdullahi is a choice of the state governor, while Bolarinwa is also a choice of Mohammed. This scenario has caused the factionalisation of the party in the state.
No fewer than 10 members of the party sustained serious injuries last Wednesday after a meeting convened by the party membership registration and revalidation committee sent from the national headquarters turned violent.
During the melee, iron chairs and other valuable materials in the hall were freely used by the aggrieved members of the opposing camps in the free-for-all.
The crowded banquet hall soon became virtually empty as members vacated the venue and ran away for safety.