January 31, 2015 – The convoy of the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressive Congress(APC) was allegedly pelted with stones in Lagos.
We gathered that the convoy was pelted at Adeniji just few minutes after the convoy of the general departed palace of the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu.
Adeniji area of Lagos is partly a stronghold of supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and is reported to have experienced series of clashes prior to the visit of the general to the palace.
We gathered that the incidents resulted in clashes between supporters of the APC and the PDP leading to violence as supporters of both parties stormed out of their enclave unleashing dangerous weapons on one another.
Former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musliu Obanikoro had tweeted condemning in strong terms the stoning of the general in Lagos.
Meanwhile, the APC has denied the incident, saying it was concocted.
The party in a statement issued in Lagos on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said Gen. Buhari and other top leaders of the APC rode in an open bus from the Palace of the Oba of Lagos to the Teslim Balogun Stadium venue of the rally, to great cheers from Lagosians who lined the route.
”Not once was he pelted with stone during the almost two-hour ride. It is obvious that those who were paid by Mr. Obanikoro to stone the General failed to deliver. We therefore urge him to seek a refund of whatever money he paid to his hired hands to pelt Gen. Buhari with stones,” it said.
APC said Obanikoro’s statement on an imaginary attack on Gen. Buhari in Lagos must be his own way of saying ‘thank you’ to his masters for nominating him as Minister on Friday, as his reward for ceding the gubernatorial ticket he claimed to have won to Jimi Agbaje.
The party thanked people of Lagos for turning out in unprecedented numbers to welcome Gen. Buhari to Lagos, saying the Centre of Excellence has never witnessed such a huge and cheery crowd.