Protests rock APC secretariat as Govs Amosun, Akeredolu throw weight behind Buhari

With protesters, yesterday, laying siege to the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in support and denunciation of the party’s recent primaries, Governors Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo) and Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), yesterday, denounced new narratives allegedly spun to pitch them against President Muhammadu Buhari. The demonstrations took a different dimension when scores of female APC aspirants stormed the party’s national secretariat and accused the national leadership of the party of scamming them during the recently concluded primaries. The female protesters who threatened to go against the ruling party if concrete steps were not taken to reverse their situation, said even after being made to cough out millions for the purchase of forms, they were schemed out of participating in the primaries. However, a little respite came the way of the embattled National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, as he, yesterday, received support from other party activists who stormed the secretariat to pledge support for him. The demonstrators representing several groups under the aegis of the Federation of Buhari Support Groups picked out Governor Akeredolu of Ondo State of being behind the demonstrations against Oshiomhole. That assertion was immediately dismissed by the Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Yemi Olowolabi, who described the claim as fallacious and against the grain of the governor’s support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term. Meanwhile the reported meeting of APC governors scheduled to hold in Abuja for the purpose of mobilising signatures to force a National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting failed to hold yesterday. Sources said that the aggrieved governors might have decided to be more subtle in their plans against the national chairman in the face of the apparent body movement of the president who is yet to give a definite signal for his dismissal.