Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), seemed so visibly upset on Monday that he flung his party’s flag to the ground during the presidential rally in Ogun State.
The crowd also hurled various objects at President Muhammadu Buhari, when he attempted to endorse Dapo Abiodun as the party’s governorship candidate in Ogun State.
Adams Oshiomhole, the APC National Chairman, was also not spared as the crowd booed him and Abiodun during the presentation of the party’s flag to the governorship candidate.
It all started when Ibikunle Amosun, Governor of Ogun State, had publicly expressed his displeasure with the candidature of Abiodun as the APC candidate in Ogun State, and instead chosen to pitch his tent with Adekunle Akinlade of the APM.
On Monday, after Oshiomhole endorsed Abiodun’s candidature, the crowd went into a frenzy and hurled various objects at the stage.
During the fracas, as Oshiomhole walked towards Tinubu, probably as part of efforts to regain control, Tinubu, who seemed very angry, and did not speak at the event, was seen flinging the party’s flag (time 1:25 in the video) to the ground.
It was, however, not clear what he was aiming the flag at, as Oshiomhole simply walked past.
The rally ended abruptly as security operatives led the party leaders off the stage.
Some sources have said that unlike campaigns in other states in South West where Tinubu was involved, he was just a guest at the Ogun rally and that Tinubu was lobbied to attend the rally.
It will be recalled that APC in the state is divided.
While the Governor Ibikunle Amosun wants Adekunle Akinlade of the APM to succeed him, the APC is fielding Mr Dapo Abiodun.
The trouble started at the rally when the APC National Chairman mentioned the name of the party’s governorship candidate in the state, Mr Dapo Abiodun, while addressing the crowd.
Neither was Oshiomole able to perform the traditional handing over of the party flag to Abiodun nor was Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo able to give detailed speeches.