– Violence has erupted in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara state ahead of the A[C registration exercise
– Residents were in Ilorin were in a panic as two factions of the ruling party clashed
– The violence was due to supporters of the state governor preventing the former APC chairman from gaining access to the hall
The membership registration exercise of the All Progressive Congress (APC) turned violent on Wednesday in Kwara State as members of two factions of the party clashed violently in Ilorin.
The violence erupted at the Banquet Hall of Government House where a meeting was holding ahead of the registration exercise.
The APC registration and revalidation committee called the meeting to ensure a smooth registration exercise amid the protracted crisis in the party in Kwara which worsened after the removal of Bashir Bolarinwa as the party chairman.
Bolarinwa was removed by the national caretaker committee of the party led by Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni. He was replaced with Abdullahi Samari two weeks ago.
The development was a fallout of a rift between Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and a group of party leaders led by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.
Although the national and North-central leaders of the party have intervened in the rift, no solution has been found.
This led to fears of the factions conducting parallel registration exercises in the state.
According to witnesses, the Wednesday clash started after supporters of Governor AbdulRazaq stopped Mr Bolarinwa and his supporters from entering the Banquet Hall for the meeting.
This newspaper gathered that the governor’s office had mobilised Mr AbdulRazaq’s supporters to the venue.
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