Supporters loyal to the Senate President’s faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State and those loyal to the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate on Tuesday, December 25th disrupted the Ilorin Emirate Progressive Descendant Union (IEDPU) annual convention.

The IEDPU is an umbrella body of all sons and daughters of Ilorin both at home and abroad.

The annual general meeting (AGM) of the union is used every year to raise funds for ongoing developmental projects of the union in the town.

The event which took place at the Emir of Ilorin’s forecourt was going on smoothly until the supporters of  Saraki started shouting ‘Sai leader,’ ‘Sai Saraki,’ ‘Sai Atunwa,’ while supporters  of the APC gubernatorial candidate, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq also interrupted by  singing the slogan of their party, ‘Otooge,’ meaning “enough  is enough.”

 

This happened when Abdulrazaq was invited to the podium by the organisers to make his donation and launch the year almanac of the union before the whole venue became rowdy.

When the APC governorship candidate was called to the podium, he made an attempt to chant the slogan of his campaign organization, “Kwarans, ‘O To Ge.’

Thousands of admirers of Saraki, however, countered him by shouting “Sai leader, Sai Bukki, Atunwa 1”.

The development however sparked uproar at the event as the two supporters engaged themselves in war of words which forced the organisers to abruptly bring the programme to an end.

All attempts by the organisers to restore normalcy so as to continue with the programme proved abortive.

The incident forced the Emir of Ilorin,  Ibrahim Sulu- Gambari to leave the venue of the event in anger.

The security guards had a hectic time before the Emir could be ferried out of the venue of the event.

The IEDPU national executive council members led by  their President, Ambassador Sheikh- Usman Abdulaziz, later went into the palace to apologise to the Emir.

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The IEDPU’s calendar, a major source of revenue generation for the union could not be launched because of the unfortunate development.

In a statement on Tuesday, the APC candidate described what transpired as disappointing, embarrassing and antithetical to good moral Ilorin is known for.

“The development at  the IEDPU programme where touts and street urchins shouting ‘Sai Bukky’ disrupted a community event is disappointing, embarrassing and antithetical to good moral and ethics for which Ilorin community is known,” the statement signed by Rafiu Ajakaye, said.

“Apart from reminding everyone of the desperation for which the evil status quo in Kwara is known, the sad event clearly points at the extent to which the parasitic gangs will go in the coming months to continue to keep Kwara and its people down.”

The Saraki camp of the PDP was yet to comment on the issue at the time of filing this report.

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