The festering internal crisis rocking the Ogun State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) blew open again yesterday as the faction loyal to former governor of the state, Chief Olusegun Osoba and the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, clashed in Abeokuta, the state capital.
The plan to reconcile both factions by an appeal panel failed as the arguments between both factions soon degenerated into the exchange of invectives leading to exchange of fistcuffs by Osoba’s faction, called Ma' Teagba Mo le with Amosun's faction.
The intervening stakeholders had given the floor to the two factions to present their differences before the aggrieved factions engaged in physical combat.
The APC in the state had been divided into two factions with Amosun leading a faction and Osoba leading another faction.
However, the crisis started yesterday in Abeokuta when Osoba’s faction said the last party congresses held in the state was hijacked by Amosun's group, stating that the whole exercise was unconstitutional.
Hon. Adekunle Adeyemi, member of the National Assembly representing Ewekoro Federal Constituency who spoke on behalf of Osoba group, said most of the party members on the side of Osoba were denied the opportunity of even obtaining forms during the exercise, saying the process and exercise was one-sided.
The crisis, however erupted when Senator Gbenga Kaka took the stage, accusing Amosun of taking over the exercise, stressing that the governor failed to make the forms available to members belonging to the Osoba group.
Kaka said the governor was self-centred and that he has taken the party to himself and had faction, noting that the governor hijacked the party and took full control without bringing other members on board.
However, former Speaker of the state and Senior Special Assistant to Amosun on Political Matters, Hon. Tunji Egbetokun who interrupted Kaka, raised point of order, warning Kaka not to address Governor Amosun the way he was doing. "Senator Kaka dare you not accuse Amosun like that" Egbetokun said.
Immediately after that interjection, the tempo of the gathering changed when Hon. Olumide Osoba, member of the National Assembly called Egbetokun a 'bastard' although Olumide has denied saying that.
Chairman, Ijebu East Local Government, Mr. Dare Ogunde (Amosun’s faction) engaged in physical combat with former member, of the National Assembly, Hon. Ononusi who is now in the custody of the State Security Service (SSS) was beaten blue black.
While speaking with journalists shortly after the free-for-all, Adeyemi said "it is so shameful about what happened. We are of the view that if there is any dispute, the best way to resolve it is to seek legal redress as a civilised human being.
He added that "the Appeal Committee was set up and for us to present our cases. Only for Tunji Egbetokun to raise an objection. I have never seen a place where you will raise an objection in an appeal committee, and before you could say Jack Robinson, they started beating a former honourable member, Hon. Onamusi and some other people that were there. Honestly the mayhem of today is something that is uncalled for”.
However, in his reaction, Amosun's loyalist, Hon. Muyiwa Oladipo, said: "One of Osoba's members shouted 'no', I think that is Olumide Osoba, who shouted 'no' to point of order. Point of order in any parliamentary setting connotes that you give such a person voice to make his submission. Whether negative or positive and from there the whole thing went up."