Violence occurred during registration of armored personnel carriers in Kwara

Supporters from competing factions clashed at a pre-training meeting.
The exercise to register members of the All-Progressive Congress (APC) turned violent in Kwara state on Wednesday when members of two party factions clashed violently in Ilorin.
The violence took place in the banquet room of the government house where the pre-registration meeting was held.
The APC Registration and Revalidation Committee called for the meeting to ensure a smooth registration process amid the ongoing crisis in the Kwara party, which has worsened since Bashir Bolarinwa was ousted as party chairman.
Mr Bolarinva was removed from the party’s National Service Committee, which was chaired by Yobe Mai Mala Buni. He was replaced by Abdullahi Samari two weeks ago.
The development is the result of a rift between Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazak and a group of party leaders led by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.
Although national and north-center party leaders intervened in the rift, no solution was found.
This has raised concerns among factions conducting parallel government registration exercises.
Witnesses said clashes began Wednesday after supporters of Governor AbdulRazak prevented Bolarinwa and his supporters from entering the banquet hall for the meeting.
This newspaper reported that the governor’s office had mobilized Mr supporters. AbdulRazak in the field.
A woman supporting the governor allegedly attacked Bolarinva after entering the hall.
This resulted in an exchange of punches and throws of chairs between rival supporters, the source told our reporter.
Videos and photos from PREMIUM TIMES show several supporters injured by Bolarinwa while one of them was damaged in his vehicle.
But APC spokesman Tajudin Aro said, “The supporters of the former president were conspirators.”
“It was BOB (Mr Bolarinwa) who entered the hall with his bandits to interfere with the meeting,” said Mr Aro.

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