The five-year unresolved crisis of the troubled Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, took a new twist yesterday, as two factions loyal to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and the state former Governor Gbenga Daniel, engaged themselves in a public brawl.
The Premium Times reported that members of both factions used charms and other weapons in a free-for-all fight at the party’s secretariat in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Both factions fought over which group will control the party secretariat located along Presidential Boulevard, Abeokuta.
As a result of the violence, it was gathered that the Police and the State Security Service (SSS) have taken over the secretariat.
It was gathered that the faction loyal to Obasanjo had some few months backed sack of the Daniel-led faction from theof secretariat, thereby taking full control of the building.
However, the Daniel’s faction allegedly financed by a multi-millionaire, Buruji Kashamu, was said to have stormed the party’s secretariat armed with a court judgment pronouncing the faction’s executive as the authentic PDP leaders.
The court judgment was said to have been secured even before they were made to leave the secretariat earlier.
Reports said the leaders of the Daniel faction had sought a meeting with the leaders of the other group at the party’s secretariat to present the latter with the court order. Before the meeting could hold, violence erupted between supporters of both factions
The violence escalated as supporters used charms and other dangerous weapons freely on one another.
A witness said some people fainted and became unconscious after being hit with charms.
The development, however, paralysed activities around the area until the arrival of security operatives, who eventually arrested five people.
The state Police Commissioner, Ikemefuna Okoye, was said to have hurriedly abandoned a press conference at the Eleweran Police headquarters to take charge of development at the troubled area.
He said his men were at the party secretariat to maintain peace and order, adding that he came around as soon as he heard there was “little problem in the PDP secretariat.”
The police commissioner, however, assured residents not to be disturbed and to continue with their normal activities; promising that the command has dispatched enough men to the area.