From James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta
At least 20 persons yesterday slumped at the inauguration of the executives members of the Ogun State chapter of the All Peoples Congress (APC) held at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.
Addressing the party faithfuls from all the 236 wards in the state at the venue of the ceremony, the Ogun state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, apologized to the people for bringing the programme to an end abruptly disclosing that no fewer than 20 people had slumped and were rushed to hospital where they were revived.
“I have asked them to open all the doors after I was told that there were no fewer than 20 people who have been rushed to the hospital because of the crowd outside. So, my apology, next time we would not do such a thing here again.
‘’We will go to the stadium, please don’t be annoyed with me, our people outside are really suffocating and they have been taken to the hospital, but I have the believe that it will be well with them,” Amosun said.
Speaking on the emergence of the party executives, Governor Amosun appreciated the committee that conducted the congresses as well as members of the Appeal Congress Committee as well as the national executive council and national leaders of the party.”
“I want to tell them that they are standing on the side of the truth, on the side of fairness and on the side of justice, Amosun said,” he said.
After he declared the party executives at ward, local government and state levels sworn in, Amosun called for peace among the party members urging them to go to their individual wards and appeal to the aggrieved members with a view to bringing them back into the party fold.
On his part, the newly sworn-in Chairman of the party in the state, Alhaji Roqeeb Adeniji, joined his voice with that of Amosun and appealed to all the aggrieved members of the party to sheath their sword and join hands with the newly sworn-in executives in the state to move the party forward stressing that the newly sworn-in executives strongly desire the support of everyone to move forward.
He said, “the task before us all now is the 2015 elections and all hands must be on deck. The tendencies that undermine our efforts should be halted forthwith in the interest of the party in Ogun state”.