Kogi Guber: Confusion As Supporters of Faleke, Bello Clash At APC Secretariat
BEVERLY HILLS, November 30, (THEWILL) – There was confusion, Monday, as supporters of James Faleke and Yahaya Bello, late Prince Abubakar Audu’s running mate and runner up respectively, clashed at the All Progressives Congress (APC) secretariat in Abuja.
Both men were in contention over who will stand on the platform of the APC for the Kogi gubernatorial race.
But the party has chosen Bello as its candidate for the December 5, 2015 supplementary election.
THEWILL recalls that the vacuum for the party’s candidate was left open when Audu died on Nov. 22 on the day results of the election in the state were declared inconclusive.
Bello’s supporters had arrived at the party's secretariat at 11.30 am chanting “Sai Yahaya Bello.”
Faleke’s supporters arrived one hour later and both groups started to throw stones and sticks at each other before police reinforcement came.
The police were able to push back the two groups to opposite sides of the street where some were still chanting solidarity songs.
Stones and sticks used during the fracas littered the street after of the protest.
The windows of many cars were smashed, including that of a reporter with African Independent Television covering APC, Mr. Anoyoyo Oghiavboghe.
Some National Working Committee members and leaders of APC, including Gov. Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna State and Sen. Dino Melaye were holding emergency meeting at the secretariat.