APC/CPC Clash UPDATE: Instigators Arrested, Injured Taken To Hospital

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Friday, October 11 — A violent clash occured in Abeoukuta, Ogun State, at the State secretariat of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). Several people were injured and taken to a hospital.

In late July, 2013, the CPC has merged with the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), and the All Nigeria Peoples’ Party (ANPP) to form the APC (All Progressives’ Congress).

The free-for-all was allegedly triggered by Kunle Mudashiru (the suspended state chairman), Shina Oduntan (former Public relations officer of the party), and one of the party’s elders, Chief Adekola.

The trouble started at about 4 p.m. on Friday, when the three, backed by armed thugs, stormed the secretariat at Moshood Abiola Way.

The state secretary of the defunct CPC, Godwin Odeyemi, said the hoodlums broke in in the middle of a state meeting. The intruders, who wielded machetes, cutlasses and broken glass bottles, attacked the gathering and vandalized the property.

Mr. Odeyemi explained that the suspension of Mudashiru (for alleged financial mismanagement and maladministration) and Oduntan (for allegedly leading a group of thugs to disrupt a session of the state meeting) in June had culminated in the factionalisation of the party, which led to the two factions holding their meeting separately.

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.

Confirming the incident, the Police command Public relations officer (PPRO) Mr. Muyiwa Adejobi said that members of the factions are already providing assistance to the investigation. Those injured, he said, were taken to a hospital for medical treatment, while Oduntan and Mudashiru have been arrested and taken to the Ibara Police Divisional headquarters in Abeokuta.

Among those who sustained varying degrees of injuries were 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.

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